Sunday, October 18, 2009

Slice of Life

Christy here.

Saturdays, on my personal blog, are supposed to be the day where I talk about what's happening in my life. I title that day "Slice of Life." Lately, there is so much going on, I'm lucky to post the CFBA Book Reviews twice a week. And frankly, I'm getting tired of seeing just book reviews on the blog instead of things that are writing related, that are helping someone, a devotion or scripture, or just a funny happening going on in my household.

So today, I thought I'd update everyone on what's going on with me.

Writing ~ I'm working hard to prepare my manuscript to mail to the editor and agent requests I received from ACFW conference this year. My goal is to have this mailed out by months end.

Good grief! It's already October 18th! I need at least 2 more weeks in this month.

On October 30, I'll have the honor of blogging in Seekerville, on the Seeker's blog, about my contest experience. I hope you'll stop by and say hi to me over there.

Working ~ Yes, I'm still working. I like to call it my 9-5 job. A few months back I became frustrated, as many of us do. But quitting the job is not an option. I need the income to help support my family and support my writing. I fit writing into my work day. I write in the mornings (though I really need to move emailing and Facebook time to the evenings as those two items take up so much time in the morning!) I'm writing on my lunch break, hiding out in my car most days to get the absolute quiet I need to fully concentrate. When I'm able to accomplish working and writing in one day, I'm happier. One thing that has also helped me throughout my "work" day is to remember scripture and remember who I'm truly working for.

"In whatever you do, work at it with all of your heart, as if working for the Lord and not for men." Colossians 3:23.

That scripture is one of few I have memorized, but it's one that carries me through my day. Remembering that important part of life, is what enables me to be cheerful with not only my co-workers but also my customers. And it goes far beyond being cheerful... that scripture encourages me to go the extra mile and do more than I would normally do. After all, if I'm working for the Lord, then I'm going to cross any bridge, swim to the next continent and walk over fiery coals if He asked me to.

(I sort of hope He doesn't, but if he does... I'm His girl!)

Personally ~ I'm coming along fabulously in my pregnancy. I'm having a boy and he'll be named William. I'm six months along and the doctor tells me the baby is doing great. My measurements are right where they should be for the number of weeks that I'm at.

This is my second ultrasound picture taken about 6 weeks ago.

Part of my writing time in the morning is spent looking at baby websites. I've registered for a couple of things I need that didn't make it during the 5 year time span from when my daughter was an infant. I'm also putting a lot of time into figuring out the right bedding for the crib. I've finally decided on a pallet of light pastels, with pictures in deeper colors of antique toys such as cars, planes, boats, baseball bats, etc. It's a simple pattern and that's what I like.

Here's a peek & the link is at BabySuperMall if you want to take a closer look:

This Thursday, I get to attend my daughter's first ever field trip with her Pre-K class.

We're going to a pumpkin farm. It should be a lot of fun to see her interact with her classmates. She seems to like school and this weekend she was telling her Grandma about the friends she's made. Thank the Lord! I was so worried she wouldn't like school. I'm glad to know she's more outgoing than I was at that age.

Spiritually ~ I've fallen, I'm afraid to admit. About a year ago I could honestly tell you I would get up in the morning and read a devotion, read my bible, but I can't honestly tell you that now. I think it's important for each of us to keep that connection open with the Lord. Although I pray, I'm not praying in the capacity I want to. I know God can hear me anywhere, but I feel like I'm cheating us both if I'm sending up a quick prayer in the car or in the shower. His time to me is more important than that, but my time with Him seems to get pushed to the side first.

Not good.

It's been on my mind for quite a while. I know I must readjust my schedule to give the Lord the time He deserves. When I give Him my time, it filters throughout the day. In an extraordinarily good way!

Now it's your turn... I've shared all about me... How about you? Give us a slice of your life!


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  2. Sounds like you've been beyond busy. I can relate and cheer you on. You'll get that manuscript finished. My bets are all on you.

    Quick slice of me? Here goes...
    Trying to finish my manu for agent request (hear ya there!), been sick for about a week (ugh), working approx. 9 hours a day (teaching, I can't quit either), children issues have cropped up this week (teenagers!), doctor-dentist-orthodontist appointments. Between M&M conference and being sick two weekends in a row, I've not made it to church, which hurts my enthusiasm somewhat. I've got to make it to church next week.

    My calendar has been beyond full but I'm still trying to push through the road blocks that life throws up in front of my creativity and my writing.

  3. Christy-

    I showed Rod your pictures on the blog. He said, "She lookes like Christy," (speaking of Downy) and "What's she doing showing x-rated pictures on there?" (speaking of William)


  4. Dianna, I thought about teasing her about the "nekkid" picture of William too! Poor guy. :)

    Here's my life last week and this coming week: working on proposal, doing blog interviews for Nov. release, critiquing for 3 people, sending out promo copies to reviewers, inlaws coming tomorrow! cleaning house, dentist, ortho, vaccines, tennis, science project, Duke TIP weekend (dropoff and pickup), shopping with daughter, church, played handbells at two services, and again, working on proposal! Life is insane.

  5. Christy,
    What a great post! I truly appreciate your honesty and enjoyed reading about your family.

    A brief look at my week: Working at my 9-5 job Monday - Thursday; Friday - grocery shopping for parents and for my family; other errands; cleaning house; laundry; Saturday - spend with my sweet hubby who is out of town from Sunday afternoon - Friday night. I've missed church for the last 4 Sundays due to illness and wanting to be with my hubby until he leaves for airport. I have spent extra time some mornings in prayer and devotionals. Notice what's missing? WRITING!! Got to find more time to WRITE!

  6. Phew! Missy you are busy. I tend to get stressed when people are coming to my house because I know I really have to clean at that point!

  7. Edwina, that must be tough having hubby out of town for most of the week. Hope you are able to get some writing squeezed in while you're on your own this week!

  8. Christy---such a cute pic of your little girl!! She's adorable.

    Our church is reading the New Testament in 70 days, so in the a.m. I start the coffee, read the passages for that day, then write until I have to get ready to go to work.
    I bowl on Tuesday nights, church on Wed nights. I've been going to be between 9-10 because I've been getting up 5-530 to write. I think I like this schedule the best. I seem to get the most done.

    Somehow we fit it all in. I do think God wants us to enjoy though. That's one reason why I've calmed my nights down some. I have dinner with hubby, relax a little. I rarely get online at night anymore. I've decided I have to have some sort of balance...and I need time with my guy, rest, and just plain good down time.

  9. LOL! I love that pic of Miss Thang.

    Well, while I may not have to leave the house every day to go to work, I'm still plenty busy keeping everyone around here on task and happy. I'm up at 5:45 so I will actually make it to the shower and be ready in time to get the boys fed and off to school. Normally, I would then run any errands or simply head to my office and work until 2. But now that we havea two year old in the house, that doesn't happen. I have to watch her like a hawk (heaven help me the times I don't) and keep her busy (and hopefully happy) until naptime around 1. Then I do my Bible study and, if I'm lucky, I can get in an hour to an hour and half of writing before either she wakes up or it's time to pick up #2 son. Next comes homework, picking up #1 son, dinner, getting #1 son to band practice/football game/competition. Saturday, he had a march-a-thon from 8-11 in the morning, then had to be back at the school by 2 for rehearsal and a competition. You don't even want to know what next weekend looks like. OY!
    Oh, and then sometime after dinner comes that blessed thing called bedtime. Ah.

  10. LOL, Mindy!
    Whoever said stay at home moms aren't busy obviously never was one. I certainly never said that!!!You're busy running and caring for everyone.

  11. Lindi, I like what you said about balance. We all need that in our lives and our family needs it too.