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Aug
26

The Roller Coaster of Motherhood

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I just couldn’t shake the nagging nausea. I hoped it wasn’t the flu that was going around. The surprise I felt when a fellow teacher suggested I might be pregnant led me to a pregnancy test which brought even more surprise – and delight! The mixture of nagging nausea and surprise and joy should have tipped me off to what was ahead. However I was much too young and inexperienced at life in general to understand that the journey into motherhood would forever change everything about me.

Now some 30+ years later, my four children continue to stretch me and delight me and scare me and change me.

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Jun
13

Stories from Around Mom’s Table

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Life is replete with beginnings and endings. Chapters begin and chapters close. And for me, beginnings and endings were marked and chapters were written as I sat around my mother’s dining room table.

Mornings often began around that table in my family.

When I awakened on weekday mornings, my parents were sitting at that table drinking coffee and looking out the sliding glass door onto the pasture land, watching the cattle graze. I used to wonder why they wasted all that time, getting up so much earlier than they had to.  My older, wiser perspective now understands the time spent awakening and talking and allowing coffee and conversation to do their rousing work.

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Categories : Change, family, grief, Motherhood
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Feb
26

The In-Between Place

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This time of year always find me longing. An intense desire for springtime rumbles around inside me. Visions of the beach call to me. I envision wiggling my bare feet around in the warm sand. Short sleeve clothes say, “Wear me!”

The in-between days make me impatient. Is it springtime or is it not?

Sunshine beams into my windows and says, “Yes, it’s spring!” I check the weather forecast. 57 degrees. I put on my open toe shoes and meet the day. Later I wonder what delusion I was under. My toes are like icebergs and I wish I’d made a more realistic decision based on the current temperature of 42.

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Categories : Change, seasons
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Feb
19

Living Well When Life Hurts

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To be human is to be limited.

Yet we often find ourselves living as if we are unlimited, stretched emotionally, financially, mentally, physically.  We become restless, sleepless, nervous, irritable, frustrated, anxious, tired, and/or depressed. Many of us ignore these sources of information that come from our onboard equipment God gave us and view them as things to overcome instead of signals to heed. With Superman and Superwoman capes securely tied on, we determine to push on, push past, and shove our way on through life.

Throwing one more ball into our juggling act happens almost mindlessly. We don’t even question whether or not we can or should add something else to the act. We live from the presupposition that there is always room for one more thing. One more responsibility. One more hobby. One more activity. One more conference. One more committee meeting. One more lunch with a friend.

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Categories : boundaries, Change
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