This is the day


Other than book reviews (and I have some more to do! I’ve been reading a lot this summer), I’ve taken some time off from the blog. Summer is my busiest time of work, with quite a bit of travel, so when I am home with the kids, I have been working on being present. And that means that I have spent very little time on my home computer.

Things are finally winding down a little at work (yay!), or I’m getting used to things, or I’m just feeling more peace and less stress. All of these are good things.

I miss my blog.

I miss my interaction with you.

I need a space to pour my heart out.

So, I’m back. Again.

I want to point you to my Facebook page. And to Twitter. Even when I don’t have time to blog, I have time for social media! On Wednesdays on Facebook, I’ve been asking you how I could pray for you. I’ve been praying for health for family members, for patience, for peace and for wisdom. It has been such a privilege to pray for you. And, since you have asked, I have given you opportunities to pray for me as well.

I’m heading into a strange new season. I’ll have six kids in five schools this fall, from University down to preschool. I’m struggling with the joy and pride of seeing my children grow up, smart and healthy and vibrant; but also reeling with how quickly it all goes, and how overwhelming all of their emotions can be. The fact that my husband and I have raised one human being to adulthood has not truly sunken in yet. And, all of a sudden, 18 seems so young. . .

I’m working on teaching my kids to be more organized. And, as I build them tools that work, I’ll share them with you. Long story short, I’m a terrible secretary for my kids, so I want them to be able to function without a secretary. If you have found tactics that work, share them in the comments or on the Facebook page. What I am really looking for is a homework planner that takes into account daily assignments and planning ahead for long term projects.

I’m working on being a better friend. I’m an extroverted introvert. So, while I want to go out and do fun things with my friends . . . sometimes what I really want to do is sit in my recliner and read. But, then, I suffer from loneliness. You will be happy to know that since writing that post, I was able to spend some precious time with two of my “besties”. I took the girls on a road trip to visit Essie of EssiesBlessings and help her through a tough transition, and my cousin Kristen and my aunt came and spent some time with us during our lake vacation last month. Both of these visits helped to fill up my bank, so to speak. I also had some good times with my local friends, and I know that I need to make more time for these “dates”.

I’m still working out that whole work/life balance thing. It gets a little easier with time, and it certainly gets easier once the kids are in school. Summer can get crazy with summer school and camp pick ups and drop offs all day long. At times, my mini van became a mobile office!

In short, I’m still me. Perfectly imperfect. Flawed and forgiven.

What have you been up to?



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Written by Dakotapam
I'm a Lutheran pastor's wife and mom to six kids, including young adult sons down to 8-year old twin daughters. My life is sometimes normal, and sometimes crazy; but through it all, I know that I am blessed! Some people say that I have my hands full, I prefer to call it living life with both hands full, and I love it!