Here I am writing you all, after a longer than anticipated break from blogging. In the beginning of 2013 I felt like I was hitting a stride in my schedule and routine and how I was going to fit everything (being a wife and mom to three kiddos, house duties, and homeschool, etc.) into a day. Then, I got the positive pregnancy test. We are so excited to be expecting a beautiful baby girl this September! She is a large blessing to us, but after miscarrying the month before I was nervous and worried and not wanting to share with others (except Gerad, obviously). The amount of time between my last blog post became more and more and I felt more and more guilty, like I wasn’t holding up my end of the bargain and I should just not post at all. Then, the morning sickness hit and I went through a period of time where I struggled greatly! (I will post more on this later, but I felt like I wasn’t living like I wanted to be, so what could I share here?) I struggled with finding the time or energy to write, ideas for posts didn’t just pop into my head like they did before. This post from Lisa Jo Baker came across my facebook feed, and while it was meant to be encouraging and it was; I felt like I was failing and being fake to you if I posted here, instead of just sharing my struggles (the thing I struggle with the most and yet, wish others would do more of).
Lisa Jo said this,
I need to mother less and wife more.
Talk about a smack in the face. I realized that while I am pregnant I all too often put the little life inside of me in front of the man I love, even, in front of my relationship with Christ, the one who gave me the blessing of life inside of me. So, I have been working on these things, I have been trying to mother less and be a great wife more. I have been making it a priority get up earlier (even though my flesh is exhausted) to study and spend time in the Word. You know what? It’s paying off. I am nowhere near perfect, and have plenty to work on, but I am working on it, with Christ. I am letting Him refine me through a closer relationship with Him. Maybe you aren’t pregnant, maybe its something different that is causing you to feel like you don’t measure up. Here’s the thing, we don’t measure up, we can’t measure up, but each day His grace and mercy are new and available to us. Take the step of faith today to work on “that thing” you won’t regret it.
And just as a funny story, the other day I was in Wal-Mart and an older (read, grandma type) lady told me she felt sorry for me (the expected high temperature was 105). This struck up a conversation about our kids. She had 11 children and thinks it great when she sees big families out (because people seem to think 4 kiddos is a big family). She said she used to get asked all the time if she knew what caused that? (something, we have been asked many times.) Her response was, “Of course we do, but we enjoy it!” I did not expect that from her, but it made me chuckle as I walked away from our conversation. She had no idea how refreshing it was to hear a positive story about marriage in the aisles of Wal-Mart.
Here’s to more blog posts coming your way :)