Friday, October 16, 2009

Where, oh, where have you been?

Well, I suppose I should write a post.

I decided to stay home from The Social Event of The Week Friday Night Football Game here in Small Town and act like I am the mother of small children, since I've drug them to the Big Kids' events just about every other night this week. It has gotten to the point that I run a "wakeup bath" every morning for Ruthie-5 to drag entice her bones out of bed. Only two weeks left of volleyball and football, unless of course we go to the playoffs (Softball tends to go on forever, but soccer fortunately for us has mostly been rained out). Big deep breath.

So I fed Libby-11 and two of her friends some mac and cheese and hot dogs and sent them to The Game with Dennis. The other two Big Kids are already there, courtesy of Allie-16's license. Did I mention I love having another driver in the house?

So the Little Girls (5 & 8) are here with me. I promised them earlier in the week that they could have a friend over. They are watching The Little Rascals in between pretending they are horses, galloping all over the house, playing the same songs over and over on the piano, eating popcorn, and otherwise being silly. There is way too much screaming going on as they try to lasso each other. I love it.

It's a good way to end the first six weeks of school. For all of us.

I do hope to get back to blogging regularly at some point. Right now, to be honest, I don't know where to begin. I have lots of mixed feelings about life right now (really enjoying the job, liking the part that makes me feel competent and needed - all that professional stuff I haven't been a part of for the better part of a decade - and SO proud of my family for pitching in and making it work - while at the same fighting fatigue, missing my "old" life, and wishing for a day to sleep in!!). I sit at the computer and can't think of a thing to say that's remotely coherent.

I guess the main thing is that we are hanging in there. I'd like to say it is getting easier, but I think that might be a stretch. Maybe I'm learning to accept that it can be good - and there can even be joy - as Elisabeth Elliot says, in "simply doing the task given us to do."

Mostly that means laundry. And dishes. And getting up the next day.

And sometimes it means missing a social event so I can keep a promise to my kids.


Mary McElyea said...

Oh Katherine, I was so excited to see your blog this morning. I keep in touch with what is happening with you all thru it. I have missed you so much!!!! Did not realize I was such a fan and follower til I wasn’t getting my feed every other day 

Loved Elizabeth Elliot’s quote. So true. It reminds me of one of my favorite songs by Jimmy Buffet. Since this song is a bit more profound and deep, it did ot make the Top 10! It’s called, “It’s my Job.”

Here is a part of it:

In the middle of late last night I was sittin' on a curb
I didn't know what about, but I was feelin' quite disturbed
A street sweeper came whistlin' by, he was bouncin' every step
It seemed strange how good he felt, so I asked him while he swept

He said, "It's my job to be cleaning up this mess
And that's enough reason to go for me
It's my job to be better than the rest
And that makes a day for me."

Love you and miss you and your family. I am glad that you have 6 weeks under your belt, the major adjustments have been made, and now you’re at the point of perfecting and tweaking them. Smile, because it is the task that has been giving you. Like your chore chart. The task has changed. The old one is gone, but you have created the habit of doing those things, so you still need to do them, but you have a new focus, a new chore, to conquer just like the old one. Pat yourself on the back, you would never have gotten a new task if you had not been completely successful at the old task 

Love you – Mary

mholgate said...

Katherine! Good to hear how your family is doing. I was just thinking about you and praying for you yesterday. I know I've said this before, but thank you for sharing your family and your life with us. You are such an inspiration!


Cassandra said...

i so understand...we skipped the homecoming game in our town last night too for a slower paced evening...and I also understand the blogging thing too, my posts have been few and far between this semester...I have the toughest classes to date and I am having to work for my grades. Add the ministry into the mix and I feel successful if i make it through the week without a break down (meaning me, not the kids). Sometimes you are too busy living life to document it and that's ok...but it is good to hear from you when you check in.

Becca~CapturingSimpleJoys said...

It's good to hear from you! Life sounds busy but full for you right now. Love that quote!

Debbie said...

Katherine, I just happened on a whim to read your blog today. I stayed home from church today w/ sick 5yo and a playful 2yo! It was sweet and the most peace I've gotten in weeks.

We also have had a transition in our family, and my life doesn't seem the same as the past 2 yrs. But it is the task God has given me and I do find that there is "joy in the journey" (Michael Card song!).

You are a blessing and an inspiration to me. Thank you for your honesty in sharing your about your life w/ so many.

May God continually bless you and your family.

P.S. Looking forward to having another driver in my household, too, but it's at least 4 years away! Ha ha!

Andrea said...

I hear you. I have the same mixed feelings about blogging. It's hard to put together thoughts when we are going through transitions. At least for me, it is. Just trying to sort out life, let alone a coherent blog post.
Your new life sounds exciting, though I know you are tired. God is doing some great things, I know.
I love your blog posts. They are always, always, a breath of fresh air.
Thanks for "popping in". Will look forward to your posts when you can... blog format???

Susanne said...

I've been thinking lots about you. It was so nice to see a pot pop up. You sound busy as ever but also happy. You sound like you made just the right choice, too.

Jen said...

Life does get crazy during the school year. But I'm happy for you and the new job....kuddos to you girl.We do alot of football games too.
I love this time of year though...refreshing. Enjoy your week.

Angela said...

I was just praying for you the other day...I miss your words of wisdom you send us, but you are in a new phase of life and we are all behind you!
I am in a similar situation, working a new position w/ the community college in addition to teaching P-T. With one kid in high school, one in middle and 2 in elementary...and I miss the freedom to just go volunteer w/ the kids....and to do housework in peace....and to meet the hubster for lunch....daytime bible study....
I will stop complaining and remember to pray for you and all moms, working and staying @ home!
"Invigorate my soul so I can praise YOU well, use Your decrees to put iron in my soul. Ps. 119:175 (msg)
~ Angela

Sara at Miller Moments: said...

welcome back! I know your life may be crazy right now, but know that you are loved! You're such a great mom! Hang in there...

*(and yes, feel free to mention my questions about P2P...forgot to mention that awhile back.) :)

GranolaGirl said...

Thanks for the update! I will pray for your new job and your family...

Julie said...

Love having another driver in the house. It is so helpful!

I have skipped a few games myself for the sanity and happiness of the younger ones.

Glad to hear things are going well.