Monday, September 29, 2014

Mastering YOU Monday...college, life and change oh my!


Betcha thought I'd never come back to blogging...you and me both! Wow! I’ve never taken a five month hiatus from my blog before; needless to say, I’ve missed writing, but most importantly…I’ve missed y’all!!! I must admit though, I stayed away from anything dealing with blogging while I was away. Pretty much off of social media as well.  Life just kinda gets like that sometimes…ya know.


 Sooo much has happened since I’ve been away. Let’s see…I turned 46, I had two surgeries...one being major(I’ll talk more about that in my next blog post), had my 2nd bloggaversary sometime in June…IKR, we closed on our church building, God opened phenomenal doors for us –ministry and personal,  our youngest graduated from high school and went off to college AND my mother-in-law suddenly and unexpectedly passed away! So, I guess you can say I’ve gone through a range of emotions over the past few months!  I’ve said all that as a segue to my blog post dealing with a constant we all will encounter in our lives…change.


In this life change is inevitable. I should know – we just dropped our youngest off at college. Yes, the last little birdie to fly the coup! Might I add… we’ve done this same routine twice before with our oldest and middle children - 7 and 5 years ago.  But, it’s something about letting go of the “baby”  that makes this whole change thing hit.you.dead.smack.in.the.face, but nonetheless…a change is gonna come!


Seeing as if change comes in our lives, albeit at our welcoming or disdain, I surmise the best thing to do is to just go with the flow…it always makes things easier….it really does!


As I, along with the other seven dorm/suite mothers, happily went about making our sons’ beds…while explaining to them how not to let anything touch the floor because you just don’t know what the previous tenant had(knowing that it all fell on deaf ears as they were all too eager getting to know one another). Now, where was I…oh yeah, hanging their clothes in the closet, neatly folding their clothes in the drawer(don’t even ask), disinfecting their bathrooms and spraying everything in sight with an inch layer of Lysol! I know, pathetic right! My husband said he watched in amazement - not only at the fact that he realized ALL mothers in the universe were exactly alike, but he realized how much I was in my element and how I was anointed and graced to mother.  Wow, what an awesome compliment! Here I was, some 25 years deep into doing this “mothering” thing and it suddenly hit me…that was where my element was all along. Teaching, disciplining, but most of nurturing my babies! Just to get them to this place…becoming self sufficient adults. SN...*rest assured moms moms and dads.  All those times you THOUGHT your job wasn’t important or what you said to them and did for them were all in vain; do know that all of the time spent is a seed sown towards a BIG harvest on one of your greatest investments…your children*! And as we drove off, leaving our baby boy behind to make grown-up decisions without our input and to go about his everyday tasks with people he didn’t know…I realized at that very moment my role as mother was about to take a dramatic shift.


Walking away from his dorm suite. Driving away from his dorm. In other words..."letting go". :-)

 But you know what? Surprising everyone –including myself (because I sure had envisioned the whole scene in my mind of how I would be crying unconsolably (there and back) and the family would have to put me to bed because I would be too outdone)...pretty dramatic right? But nope, instead I smiled, knowing that it was all going to be okay. And you know what? Here it is a month or so later and we have totally adjusted…with no qualms whatsoever!! And it didn't hurt that God blessed him with a roommate with his personality. God is absolutely AMAZING that way! I realized in that very moment two things...for the past 25 years, all the time I had invested in nurturing my children was about to pay off…one way or another AND my number one task on this earth was mothering and everything else God allowed me to do was considered a blessing and icing on the cake!



I now see that as a 46 year old, my burning desire to write wasn’t me being all over the place with my emotions, a fluke or some mid-life crisis! Nope, not at all. It was God unleashing the vision and passion He had growing and hiding and refining deep within my belly - waiting for that right moment (which is now) when my lifelong assignment would - not so much change - but merely take a different more scenic route, as a mother’s job is never completed…right? BUT, most importantly, it was Him preparing me for the upcoming season of change, so I wouldn’t (as many of us find ourselves during a transition) have feelings of unimportance or worse…uselessness. With that being said, I encourage you to not quench or dispel those feelings of adventuresome and passion. It just may be God depositing something in you to prepare you for the next assignment in life. Besides, when one assignment has been completed...if you're not in the grave...there's another one waiting around the corner for you! So embrace that change and new venture (that will inevitably happen) with a merry heart, knowing that it’s all a part of the circle of life and God’s unfailing plan! Btw…it sure feels good to be back!!  Ecclesiastes 3:1, Jeremiah 29:11

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Mastering YOU Monday...my EUREKA moment(I'm baaack)



Ahhh...this feels good - writing on my blog again! You know it's been 41 days since I put finger to keyboard(concerning this space). 


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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Farewell...well, at least for now



Hey my sweet blogging friends! Some of you have probably wondered where I’ve been…I assure you I’m still alive! :-)



I want to first start off by saying how much I appreciate each and every one of you! Back in January I mentioned the thought of hanging up my blogging hat for good, but decided not to do that...and I'm glad I did! But, I’ve found myself overwhelmed with life yet again…nothing bad at all. As a matter of fact, it's great awesome, as a result...I've got a full plate(not that I'm complaining)!! The months of March, April and May have always been busy months for our family, but this year…we've got many irons in the fire.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Mastering YOU Monday...parenting 101

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Monday, February 10, 2014

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Doing YOU WELL Wednesday #48 and happy birthday mommy

an encouragement link up
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Monday, February 3, 2014

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comparing natural birth to an epidural birth
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Doing YOU WELL Wednesday #47 and a snow day

encouragement link up and a snow day
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Monday, January 27, 2014

Mastering YOU Monday...lessons I've learned


lessons learned using Godly wisdom throughout my marriage
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You see, I met my husband on Oct 14, 1988, the first month really didn’t count(because, as he puts it, I detested him), lol. However, I  have a different opinion!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Doing YOU WELL Wednesday #46 and a few changes

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