Returning from the Fog

The fog has lifted! I know I've been pretty quiet on here the last week or so. The last two, possibly three weeks have been impossibly difficult. Challenging. I've felt like I was in a fog of impossibility, frustration, irritation and anger.

(Fills my heart- a boy and his blankie!)

I spent yesterday afternoon out shopping and doing a few errands. Nothing too out of the ordinary. Came home filled with a strange (heavenly I suppose) peace. And it's lasted. Yesterday and today are our family day and it's just been so nice. Peaceful. Enjoyable.


I'm a fixer. When I feel down (or angry, frustrated, etc.) I want to figure out WHY I feel that way, so I can get rid of the negative emotion. I feel really strongly about not letting emotions control my actions or behavior- they are emotions after all. Affected by situations but also by lack of sleep, food, etc. So we appreciate and value emotions but don't let them control us.

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(Shannon and Bonnie have hit a "stride" friendship wise, yipppeee! Always good when you get along with the people whose roof touches yours! Have I mentioned that these girls had the same due date? You'd never know from their size, huh?)

These weeks were hard because I couldn't figure out what the problem was. Sure, two of our longest-serving staff members at the Ranch died. DIED. They are joyfully singing with the angels and I tell you, not to many people will have crowns as big as theirs. But the people around here are feeling the loss and the pain. I have had normal female emotions (can we say PMS?). Some dramas and conflicts with co-workers. Struggling with some kid issues- how much "friend" playtime is too much (thoughts here?), how to deal with kids getting picked on, etc. Two young kids. Seven 10 year old boys. Yeah, I guess there are enough reasons to feel up and down, huh?


(Concert by Shannon in the back yard- love how she praises God!)

But I'm thankful to God for these days of refreshing before the weekend. 48 hours of being ON DUTY. It's long and hard. But I know he is faithful and will pull me through. Tears maybe, but I'll survive. And on Monday? Only ONE WEEK until MOM comes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And I'll leave you with a few fun pictures from the Renaissance Faire!

So many pretty dresses . . .

Real jousting with real weapons that could actually hurt!

Is there anything prettier than bagpipes playing Amazing Grace? Oh yes, bagpipes under Spanish Moss!

And look at who I found locked up. Probably for good reason!


BeckyJo said…
This post left a few tears in my eyes. I know the feelings (to some extent of course) and wish that I could give you a hug. Glad things are looking up for you. I also admire your picture taking skills. Makes me want to learn;-) We'll be praying for rest and relaxation this weekend and renewed energy for the weeks to come. And yay for moms coming to visit-) <3

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