Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Finding a New Norm

Listen. Can you hear it? Me either. Isn't it great? Silence.

Yes, yesterday was the first day of school. I'm pretty sure I heard the hallelujah chorus ringing out all over town. To be honest, I'm kind of glad this summer is over (though our temps are still in the triple digits). This year just seemed crazier than ever. Lots of goin' and blowin'. Now it's time to settle into a routine. A new routine.

If you've read this blog for any length of time, you know that our granddaughter has been living with us for the last two years. She was two and a half when she arrived. Well, that chapter in our lives is now closed as mother and daughter were reunited for good at the end of June. At this point, my daughter is still in the Navy but, praise God, no more deployments.

As you can imagine, adjusting to life with a toddler again presented a few challenges. Especially when you have a teen and tween in the house. Well, getting used to life without a toddler requires a bit of adjusting too. Of course I miss her, but what I hadn't realized was just how much of my time went into her. No wonder I didn't get anything done--for two years!

Now I can pick up and go whenever I please (within reason, that is). I can do pretty much whatever I want around the house. So what have I been doing? Honestly, a lot of sitting. Dare I say, I've even allowed myself to be bored. There is nothing wrong with killing thirty minutes with a game of Angry Birds.

Okay, so that only went on for a couple of weeks. Now we're into band and football practice. Talk about some early mornings. My kids are all gone by 6:30 each morning. That's like an extra two hours to myself each day. I can write uninterrupted. I can have lunch with friends, write, grocery shop alone, write, have a clean house, write.... Well, you get the picture. It's time to find a new norm. A more productive one at that.

Has God ever pulled you away from life as you knew it and moved you to land you you didn't recognize and weren't sure you really wanted to be there? What happened when He moved you out of that land?

Happy Tuesday, y'all.


  1. Changing schedules can be good, especially when the new routine turns out to be better.

    I am just about to start a new routine in a couple weeks and am hoping it'll be a good one :) I've changed my routine about two or three times already this summer :)

  2. I'm so out of the routine at the moment--not getting much of anything done. I don't like the feeling.

  3. I'm in the process of finding a new routine. My husband is starting his own business (at home) and the kids just started school again (at home). So many new things make it difficult to concentrate on writing. So I haven't. :) I felt bad about that for a day, then I gave myself permission to take a week off. Gotta regroup.

  4. Mindy, I'm so glad that you can get back to normal. And that your granddaughter and daughter can be together!

    My kids have been back to school two and half weeks already. As I posted before they started, I was really anxious for them to go! :) But as I also predicted, I missed them like crazy in about 2 days. So there's always pros and cons of new schedules. I just pray I can be productive no matter what.

    And like VV said, we all need to give ourselves permission to take the time to adapt!

  5. Lindi, maybe once you get past the wedding, you'll have a chance to settle in.

  6. You spurred my blogpost today, lol.

  7. Eva, we just have to learn to go with the flow and be adaptable, don't we? Sounds like you're doing a great job of that.

  8. It is weird, isn't it, Lindi? You'll get your groove back soon though. I know you.

  9. VV, good for you for recognizing things and granting yourself permission to step back. Sometimes it's required. Then you'll be able to see when is the best time to carve out some time for your writing. Good luck.

  10. Productive? Good word, Missy. I think I'm getting there.

  11. Angie, glad I could be of inspiration:-)