You know when you feel like you have so much to say and nothing to say at the same time? I guess that's how I've been feeling lately with blogging. Lots going on in my life that is important to me, but just not sure how interesting it is in a blog post. I'm sure all bloggers have felt that way at one point.
I am making intentional choices for myself to simplify. I am not good at balance. I admit it. I throw myself completely into one thing and then other things in my life pay the price. I often look at others and think, "HOW can she be doing all of these things at the same time and doing them well?" As women we put so much pressure on ourselves to be multi-faceted, many times just to earn the approval of others. But the times when I am happiest and feel most at peace are when I'm doing a good job at "tending to my blessings." That's just the best way for me to word it. My Lord, my family and myself, our home, and then my talents. And yes, I believe that God wants us to tend to our talents. That means using them for good...and when they don't take time away from those we love.
I've been saying "no" a lot lately...and it feels good. I have a good balance in my life right now and even have a little wiggle room to allow for unexpected events. If you are SO busy that you can't imagine how you'd fit anything else into your life, then you are too busy.
I'm still scrapbooking, making pendants and kits, being creative...but it doesn't consume me. Maybe in a different phase of life it can take up more of my time, but for now it feels good the way it is. I was thrilled to get an email inviting me to be the Melissa Frances guest designer for January. Melissa Frances.....seriously? I couldn't be more excited. And I have TIME to devote to that this holiday season. It doesn't feel like a big weight of "ugh, I have to make time to get that done." I have joy in creating. And if that ever went away, I would be sad. I know so many people who are so busy with design teams and assignment work that they don't even enjoy creating anymore. Time to pull back, girls. I've been there!
Another more personal reason for my infrequent blogging is just not feeling well. I have had issues with uterine fibroids before and had to have surgery to have them removed 10 years ago. Well, they are back and are making having another child difficult. So we are pursuing treatment...possibly another surgery this fall....and still praying for another child. I can't afford the stress of putting too much on my wagon right now, so this is another reason for me finding a good balance in my life. It's actually weird for me to share that, but I hope that maybe it will lead some of you to pray for me. I'm in a little pain a lot of the time and not knowing what the future holds in this area of our lives is difficult. So again....having more "wiggle" room in my life is a good thing.
Thanks for reading. Sorry this turned into a longer post than I intended!
So............what are your kids going to be for Halloween? Noah will be Link from The Legend of Zelda. I bought him some girls' brown tights to wear. I am actually REALLY looking forward to seeing that, ha.
God bless you this week. Here's tonight's dinner!
I lowered the fat by changing a few ingredients. You can use any vegetables...even a bag of frozen mixed veggies thrown in! Made a homemade pie crust, too, and only put the crust on top...not on the bottom.