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Is this thing on?

Hello, hello?

I know, I know…I’ve been bloggy negligent. But by my absence, clearly you could deduce that I’ve been drowning in work for the past two weeks. Clearly.

(I think I just used about 5 different verb tenses in that last paragraph. I never claimed to be a great grammatarian. I don’t think ‘grammatarian’ is word either. I just got the red underline from my computer. Rude.)

I realize that if you live in America, you are busy. We’re all busy. That’s how we live life here.

“How’ve you been?”

“Oh, we’re good. Staying busy!”

How many times have you had that conversation before?

But lately, I’ve been exponentially busier than normal. So much so, that I’ve gone several days without washing my hair, my eyeballs literally ache from staring at my computer screen, and I’ve forgotten on a number of occasions to take my hormones, vitamins and probiotics.

Now skipping out on taking hormones, vitamins and probiotics might not seem like a big deal to the average person. But to a lady creeping up on 40, who is missing her crucial hormone-producing organs (aka, uterus and ovaries), as well as a B Team organ, such as her gall bladder, not taking these things will pretty much ruin her day.

Maybe even 2 days, depending on how many hours she was awake the night before. But who’s counting?

And who’s whining?
That would be me.

Hang on…indulge me for a second…WAH!
Okay, I feel better now.
Not really.

It seems I am over-tasked and overwhelmed. I’m ready to slow down for a second. I’m ready for my plate to clear and get caught up on all the other tasks that need to be taken care of around the house. I’m ready to take my kids to the park and leave my cell phone in the car. I’m ready to walk down the street and talk to my neighbors without worrying about the projects still left undone. And on and on I could go…

Okay, I’ll stop complaining now. Because that’s totally what I’m doing.

Here’s what the Bible says about complaining:

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe. Philippians 2:14-15

Also this:

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18

Looks like my shining-star-in-the-universe qualities are lacking. Also my thankfulness.

Then I read posts like this, and remember how Ernest and Catherine, who work way harder than I ever will, don’t complain at all. They are some of the most thankful people I’ve ever had the privilege of meeting.

I bet they don’t have time to take all their kids to the park. Oh wait…there aren’t any neighborhood parks in Uganda.

That’s me.

So thankful I shall be. As I work to clear my plate of projects and tasks, I will be thankful. After all, the stuff I’m working on is for really great things. Kingdom things.

And this weekend, I get to go to an adoptive mama retreat, Created for Care. I’m going as Wild Olive, selling our tees and speaking on a panel about fundraising for adoption. And I get to attend other sessions for adoptive mamas. And I get to hang out with all my SixtyFeet friends, as well as friends who I’ve known through email for a long time, but have never hugged their necks.

Also, I don’t have to fix dinner.

I’m looking forward to my little getaway.

Then I shall come back home and get back to work.

Thankfully, of course.

Ashley - January 25, 2012 - 3:35 pm

Just wrote a blog post that is basically just like this (minus the hormones…but I’m 31 weeks pregnant, so that counts, right?)…and ended it with, Thank GOODNESS I’m going to Created For Care this weekend! Hope to meet you there!!

Dena - January 25, 2012 - 9:05 pm

Travel safely and enjoy! I moved to the March retreat – any chance you’ll be there too?!

Anna - January 25, 2012 - 9:24 pm

Really bummed that I am missing Created for Care. I have some good friends going whom I both know in person and whom, like you, I have only emailed with. I really hope to make it next year. And may the Lord bring brightness and joy to your tasks in the doing so that your time off will be even sweeter. :)

Kait - January 29, 2012 - 6:26 pm

It was awesome to meet you in person at C4C! Hopefully you got at least a little bit of a break!

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