Tuesday, October 20, 2009

What Have I Been Doing All This Time?

I never intended to be gone this long. It was not a decision I sat down and made, rather it just happened. Life has been happening.

During my absence I celebrated my 17th Wedding Anniversary. We celebrated by going to the Cheesecake Factory and a movie. We had a great time together. We also discussed my desire to celebrate 20 years together by having a second honeymoon. For our first honeymoon, we went to Disney World. We had a great time but I really have this strong desire to sit on a quite beach somewhere in the Carribean. My feet really want to dangle in the crystal blue sea. So we will see if it really happens. Hey a girl can dream and if nothing else drop lots of hints! This picture is from our beach trip this summer with my family. From the looks of my knees and legs, you would think we had been wrestling in the sand. Which is sorta how it felt to get 4 children to behave and convince a total stranger to take family pictures for us.

Also during my absence our church hosted The Real Me conference. This was the reality of a vision that God gave me back in May. It is the first time that I have been a part of anything that I can look back on and say that I would not change a thing. I saw God work in ways that I never have before. The theme or purpose of the conference was for women and teen girls to realize who we are in Christ. It really was an amazing weekend!

I have also done some redecorating around my house during my absence. Right now it mainly looks like piles of junk was the decorating theme, but soon it will look good. We sold my son's bunk beds and bought him new furniture. Last night was the first night that he got to sleep in his new bed. I was a little sad when I tucked him into his bed because I realized how fast he is growing up. We bought him a full size bed and he just looked so big in it. This is the fourth bed that my son has had. First was his baby bed. Then we moved him to a toddler bed which can I just say for the record is a total waste of money. Next was the twin bunk beds and lastly the full size bed. I would also like to state for the record that these past 8 1/2 years have gone by entirely too fast. Hopefully this will be the last bed transition.

Last Monday my husband was off from work and our children had school, so me and hubs did some things around the house. My husband goes through periods of wanting to clean and throw things away. Monday was that kind of a day for him. I really wasn't feeling like it but was not given another choice. We attacked our bedroom. We cleaned under the bed, flipped mattresses, inhaled way too much dust and threw aways lots of junk. As we were wrapping our cleaning project up, I heard a sentence that I had been dreaming of "I hate our comforter and bedding." I asked him to repeat himself because I thought the dust may have caused me to momentarily loose my mind. I do not hate our bedding but I am just a little tired of it. We have had it for a little over 9 years now. He repeated himself and encouraged me to go purchase a new set. Let me just say that it does not take much encouraging to get me to go shopping. My friend calls it retail therapy and I love every minute of it. So I went and purchased a new set. Currently it is in a pile in the floor but I do want to get everything switched out this week. I will do a post with before and after pictures soon. I know you will be on the edge of your seats waiting on that!

Have a great week!

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carolinapeach said...

I am glad you mentioned the toddler bed. I've wondered if they were a total waste of money. They seem so small. Retail therapy is the way to go! I can't wait to see the before and after shots.

wendycreel1 said...

Well Laurie I have officially joined the Blogging world. Really sad if you think about it. How did I get so old and out of touch??? Your Blog looks amazing. It is so funny reading your latest post. The feeling of being overwhelmed has been a source of frustration for me for at least a year. Sad huh? I have thought long and hard about why I sort of all a sudden began feeling soooo overwhelmed over the last year. I don't really have any good answers but I do know one thing God has clearly been telling me and that is that I must relentlessly persue Him every day but not just every day... every morning before my household gets up. That for me is a major task in and of itself. Spending time alone with Him 1st thing really sets my day in a more focused and calm way. I struggle with this due to the fact that I am NOT a morning person as you well know. But - we as moms and wives get so busy with the day in and day out stuff that it is sooo easy to let day after day, week after week etc... go by and before we know it we look back and realize we have spent very little of that time alone with God seeking Him before we seek to do EVERYTHING else. I don't know about anyone else but I am definitely learning that is not the way to go. I have not overcome this feeling of overwhelmness - it is a DAILY struggle but it is one that I believe Satan uses very well to keep us from being effective followers of Christ. If I can be most transparent - your posting about girlfriends was so bitter sweet for me to read. I too know what it is like to have good girlfriends but I have been in a place of great solitude for some time now and I must admit that I long for such wonderful Godly women to share life's struggles and joys with. I continue to ask the Lord why it is that I feel so alone and the answer that He so gently keeps whispering to me is that I am not alone. He will never leave me nor forsake me. I have been clinging to this promise! So ladies - I hope this is a reminder to you to never take your girlfriends for granted! They are truly a gift from God, Cherish them! I don't know if any of this makes much sense. Apparently I am not the best blogger in the world but give an old girl a chance! For my God gives me hope when He says " For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, " plans to prosper you and NOT to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
Praise the Lord that He has PLANS for me!