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Busy, busy, busy

Things have been unexpectedly busy lately in the Dr. Mommy household, so my apologies for leaving the blog a bit untended in my brief absence. In a somewhat unanticipated turn of events, I was recently presented with a fabulous opportunity to start my own side business, so I’ve been a bit preoccupied with those details lately. Now that my business venture is getting a bit more under control, I hope to be back for more regular posting again.

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As an angst-ridden teenager, the writings of Dorothy Parker really appealed to me.  She had it all – sarcasm, a bitter wit, a touch of depression – all the characteristics that really speak to the tortured teenage soul.  But one poem of hers really has endured in my memory:

My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends
It gives a lovely light.

-Dorothy Parker

I think this one sticks because it is so true of my approach to life at times.  It seems particularly true as I sit here, well after 12:00am, writing on my blog.  These quiet, late night, baby-free hours have become a staple in my day.  The unfortunate bit is that my wonderful, adorable, amazing son just does not seem to understand that mommy really would like to sleep in past 7:00am to make up for these late night me-time binges.  So, I’m left burning the candle at both ends – waking early to tend to my child’s needs and staying up late to attend to my own desires to sit and enjoy a multi-hour marathon of girly TV shows and playing with my craft supplies.

From talking to other moms, I don’t think that I am alone in my choices to forgo sleep for other, more entertaining pursuits.  It’s part of the mom balancing act of fulfilling necessary obligations while carving out some personal time as well.  Sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day to fit it all in.

Eventually the cycle catches up to me and I’m forced to give up my me-time for some desperately needed sleep.  But, until that happens, I think there’s probably time for one more episode…

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It’s Friday

Well, it’s Friday again. Time for all the “TGIF” posts to hit Facebook. Friday seems mostly just like any other day here in my life as a stay-home mom. Since being mom is more like a 24/7 job, Fridays aren’t really the “end” of the work week.

But, since it’s the end of the work week for people who have traditional jobs, that means that it’s time for fun activities with folks I rarely see during the week. Yay for a scrapbooking night tonight and playdate tomorrow with a working mama friend!

Hope the weekend is great for all of you!

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Over the past month, the pastor at our church has been doing a series on moving from insecurity in the world to security in Christ.  When I first heard the announcement about the series, I had a feeling that I would be challenged in some uncomfortable but positive ways.

Oh man.

I must confess, sometimes I feel like I should be the founder of a new group called “Insecure Individuals Anonymous.”   I could probably benefit from that 12-step program – especially the step in which you have to submit your life to a higher power.  I’ve realized that I have a difficult time with the idea of “let go and let God.”

Today’s sermon focused on the life of King Saul.  The book of I Samuel provides an account of how Saul came to be king of Israel.  Although God’s plan had not included placing a king over Israel, after much pleading from the Israelite people, God decided to give them a king.  He led Samuel, his prophet, to select Saul as the first king of the Israelites.

As the pastor pointed out, it only took about 7 verses for Saul to go from being appointed king of Israel to showing himself to be a very insecure person who had difficulty trusting in God’s plan.  At several points in the scriptures, Saul went against God’s plan because he was anxious or felt he knew better.  At one point he began erecting statues of himself – a misguided attempt to establish his own importance.  He became jealous when David came onto the scene and began showing him up.

After listening to and reading along with the account of Saul’s life, I was a bit horrified to see similarities between Saul and myself.  I know I sometimes become anxious and have difficulty waiting patiently on an answer from God about different situations in my life.  I have difficulty letting go of my own desire to control the direction of my life and letting God take me and use me in the ways He wants.  And it’s funny, during those times when I can let go and try to open myself to letting God use me to reach others, I feel the most at peace.  Now, that’s something to strive for more on a daily basis.

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