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June 16th, 2011
Where Have I Been?

I was working full-time and found I only had so much time in a day. I couldn’t work full-time, take care of my family, write, be President of an RWA Chapter and deal with this blog. I know there are other amazing women authors who can do all of that. Apparently, I’m not one of them. So the blog was what gave.

But I’ve been thinking about it a lot and wanting to post. So, since I’m laid off at the moment (and any of you who want to send positive thoughts and prayers about that, I’d certainly appreciate it), I’ve decided I’m going to see what I can do about some kind of regular posting. Even if it’s only once a month. Because I miss it. So here’s my first offering:

This year I’ve had a lot of things to think about and one of them is grace. I’ve being trying to find or give grace in every day. I’ve realized this is not an easy thing to do. Because it’s so easy to get annoyed (or worse) with the driver who didn’t signal and then cut you off. It’s so easy to let each day become a frazzle of things that blend together and before you know it the whole day has gone by and you wonder what you even did. Some days, when my kids do something especially charming or when my dh brings me strawberries in bed for an after-dinner snack because I’m dieting, it’s easier. I can’t know why other people do the things they do – maybe the driver that cut me off was late for work because they spilled their coffee and the dog ran away and they were running late. Maybe someone cut them off and it annoyed them, so they figured what did it matter? Maybe when my oldest child told me he studied for his math test and then he failed indicating that he didn’t, it was because he was too afraid to ask for help.

Since I can only change myself and my reactions to these situations, I’m trying (the key word) to be gracious about them. And when someone is gracious to me for those times when I am not (really, hardly ever ), I am am remembering to be thankful.

One comment to “Where Have I Been?”

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    Hello. Just stumbled across your blog from a link from Jane Porter’s blog. I believe the only way to see change is to make it yourself, not to react, but to act. Looks like you are following that path as well. The blogging is us mommy-types’ outlet. Blog away baby! And don’t be so hard on yourself. Wives, mothers, presidents of this or that, we need to unite and support each other, not compete for who does it best. In the end, what’s the prize? Exactly. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Just like there’s no medal or parade for those mothers who give birth sans medication. Hope the rest of your summer is bliss. Happy 4th of July!

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