We’ve had an unusually rainy and cool summer down here in Georgia. Even though the calendar says we have four weeks until autumn, the school bus driving up the street, the cozy cardigan I am wearing, and hot cup of coffee I am sipping, leads me to believe that autumn has already arrived.
I’ve been thinking a lot about seasons and change lately. When I wrote back in February that I felt like I was entering into a season of quiet, I had no idea that six months later, I would still be here, enjoying the quiet.
Last year was a very noisy year for me. I was very busy working for the church, trying to grow my blog, starting a little online shop, and of course, parenting two very active little boys. I often found myself overwhelmed and stressed, trying to keep up with everything in the ministry world, blog and social media world, and be supermom.
For the past few months, I have taken a big step back from social media and I’ll have to admit, it’s been nice. I am slowly finding my way back in, but doing so by going back to the basics of using social media as a way to simply connect with family and friends (both online and real life.) No more pressure to grown my online presence or keep up with every trending conversation and topic on Facebook and Twitter.
For a season.
I have temporarily taken down my online shop, because all the crafting I want to do at the moment is for my house and for this sweet baby girl that is coming in 13 weeks. (Can’t wait!)
For a season.
Conversations have died down over at the Intention Meets Grace Community, and I would say that it has become an inactive group for now. But I am not going to delete the group because I know that we will become active again at some point and it’s okay if we are quiet for a little while.
For a season.
I have to admit that I often struggle with guilt in this season.
For the first time ever since Phillip and I have been married, I do not have an official job or title at the church. I have been so busy in ministry for the past 10 years, that I think I was on the edge of ministry burnout and this break has been much needed. I know that this is just for a season, and the Father is planting many seeds of ministry ideas in my heart that I would love to bring to life at our church and in our community and online, but for now, they will remain hidden and I will simply ponder them until He releases me to move forward.
I also struggle with not earning an income right now because I have always worked in some way, and it feels very odd for me to not be contributing at all. But the Lord is providing perfectly for our needs and so many of our wants without my needing to work, and I am finally able to just focus on our home and our kids and I am so very happy to live out my dream.
For a season.
I look around me, and I am so very thankful.
I love our new house and our new church and all of the new friends we have made. I love the ages the boys are right now and I can’t wait to officially start our homeschool year the first week of September. And of course, I can’t wait to hold our sweet baby girl in my arms and cherish every moment of the precious newborn season, because it truly does go by so fast.
I am excited to say that we are ALMOST finished with the house. After personally painting over ten pieces of furniture, assisting in painting every room and piece of trim throughout the house, remodeling the kitchen, and adding lots of crafty touches…we only have one room left, and we plan to attack it this weekend.
Then, I am going to relax and start acting like I am 27 weeks pregnant!
Over the next few weeks, I plan to take you on a photo tour of our house here on the blog, as well as share with you a bit about our homeschool plans for 2013-2014, and maybe a little peek at what my hands have been busy crafting for our new baby girl. Oh, it is so much fun to shop and to make things for little girls!
I hope you have had a wonderful summer and I pray that you are resting in knowing that whatever season you may find yourself in right now, whether good or bad, He is with you.