Friday, December 28, 2007

Hustle 'n Bustle

Good afternoon!

I'm a little late posting. I wasn't sure I'd get online today at all. I've been out, playing in the rain! Yes, it's raining in Georgia and we sure need it! Thank God for the rain!

Today, I'm hanging by myself. I met my husband for lunch after my daughter went to visit with her aunt and uncle. The house is quiet and I'm not sure what to do first.

This year, as many years before, was filled with hustle 'n bustle moments. Plans made at the last minute. Running late. Rushing here and there. If I arrive some place early, I don't know what to do with myself.

As I've nursed my daughter through an illness this past week, and look ahead to some tests she'll go through at the first of '08, I've been reflecting on the last two and a half years being a stay-at-home-mom. There have been quick moments of peace I find in the middle of the day, amid irritable toddler tantrums, tantrums of my own, planning for the holidays, etc. During those moments, I open the back door and gaze out over the lawn, the Koi pond, then I put the picture away, knowing in the next few weeks I'm going to need to remember this peace.

You see, in a few weeks, I re-enter the working world. I move from SAHM to Working Mom. I can honestly say I didn't have more time to write since I've been at home full time. Not like I thought I would. I'm sure it had a lot to do with poor planning on my part, but I know it was also the choices I made.

I chose to put my family first. I chose to spend moments with my daughter, holding her for a few minutes while she slept and taking time for myself, to rest when my body told me I needed it.

I also chose to move closer to God in the last two and half years. He is at the center of my thoughts much of the time. Unfortunately, not all of the time. But I lean on Him more than I used to and I'm still trying to put those first few minutes of every day to be in devotion to Him, instead of something else.

I'm accepting that it's okay that I return to work. Dynamics of life and family have changed. My husband and I have talked at length about the state of our lives and I'm optimistic I'll be home again. I'm faithful that my prayers for my full time position to eventually go to a part time position will be answered. After all, the Lord answered my prayer to make me a stay at home mom, just a couple of short years ago. Back then, I couldn't have imagined that prayer would be answered. But God knew.

I'm faithful my writing will continue. I have some goals I want to reach with my craft and right now, I plan to concentrate on those. I've never been one to write down my goals, although I've always thought it was a good idea. I think I may have done that once. However, I lost the slip of paper I wrote the darn things on, so I ended up working off my memory anyway!

You may be wondering: Is there a point to this post? Yes. Stop trying to keep up with the world. Hustle 'n bustle will get you no where fast. Instead, run the race God has set before you. Keep Him in your goals and at your focus point. And don't sacrifice any moment He has placed before you, or you'll be saying good-bye to another year and have nothing to show for it.

Wishing you all a blessed weekend and a safe, wonderful New Year!


  1. Great post, Christy. Thanks for the reminder to take it easy and look when we can.
    I know you'll handle this transition well. I don't think I'm a very good planner, but I manage to get some things done.
    Happy New Year.

  2. Beautifully said, Christy. I wish you well with your new (old) job! :)