Saturday, June 9, 2012

Just Breathe

Sometimes, I have to remind myself to breathe. The past couple of weeks have been one of those times in my life. There has been so much going on and today is the first day in a long time that I can actually just relax at home and have no agenda to attend to.

A few months ago I realized that my life was at a crossroads and that something needed to change. I wasn't really sure what that change would be so I tried figuring it out by myself. I couldn't sleep, I was anxious, I was in my head all of the time and I felt like I was going crazy. So one morning, I just gave it all to God and let Him take control. Things started happening and a path for my life began to become clear (not perfectly clear, just clear enough that I could see where I might go). I made a decision to start making some changes, took a risk and now I'm just waiting to hear the results.

I'm not so good at waiting. I've been praying a lot. If things don't work out like I want, I've been trying to figure out why God led me down this path. I'm sure He has a plan (even if I don't know what it is). In the meantime, the waiting has been good practice in remembering to be patient. It also has allowed me to open myself to new possibilities.

Life goes on and I'm still breathing. Here are some groovy random things and reflections that have been happening:

  • My friends just left and I loved spending time with them. As much as I enjoy being with friends and extended family, I just love being home with my husband and dog. My life has become so much more family-oriented in the past few years and I really love it. I have always been ambivalent about having a child. Lately, I've been thinking about it more and more. If I do, it will still be a year or two away (I've been saying this for almost 15 years) and I never thought that I'd have a baby in my late thirties. I guess there isn't anything I can do about it now. I'm already considered to be advanced maternal age, so what's another couple of years?
  • The little girl I wrote about in this post, is doing well. Her surgery did not have any negative side effects and she is in good spirits. This has been very tough on her family. She is still in the hospital and has not fully recovered so please keep her in your prayers. On the last day of school, her entire school hosted a walk to raise money for her. Over 700 children and adults marched around the school field with signs they made for her, chanting how much they love her and sending her positive thoughts. It was amazing! The only reason I didn't cry is because I was one of the photographers and needed to focus on getting good shots. It was a perfect example of the power people have and the experience reminded me that there is so much compassion in this world
  • I was tagged by Heather at Stretching My Wings and am so grateful. I have been meaning to do my part but haven't had the time to dedicate to it. I was going to make it a part of this post but just realized that there is quite a bit involved when being a recipient of blogging awards and I decided to write a completely separate post. . . soon.
  • My husband and I just bought a bunch of veggies at our favorite local farm and today was their last day open until Thanksgiving. I couldn't help to wonder what they do with all those leftover veggies and fruit. Does the family go home and cook up a huge feast? Do they give the food to a homeless shelter? Do they can or freeze all of that goodness? I kind of wish that I would've asked.
Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend and the ability to savor the feeling of being home.


  1. Lot's of good random happenings for you.

    Having a child is well... incredibly life changing and yet, I've never regretted.


  2. Many things on your mind. So glad your young friend is doing well. Thinking about having a baby can be daunting. The most rewarding choices often feel unsure in the beginning. I pray for God's will to be done in your life....whatever that is. :-)

  3. Good news about the wee girl's surgery! And brave thoughts on motherhood- life will change and there will always be pros and cons to everything. And in recognition of your honest consideration of life, I should like to offer you a Versatile Blogger Award- you can collect the badge from my post on the invisible importance of hats, and although I have listed the rules, please do treat them as optional :-)

  4. Hi! Fellow Floridian here stopping by to say hi from the A-Z Road trip.
    It sounds like many blessings have come your way

  5. Jaime, I gave you an award today. You have an insightful blog that I enjoy. Check out the June 16th post on my blog. :-)

  6. Congrats on the Versatile blog award, it's lovely to meet you :).

  7. Thanks so much, Mare. I have some catching up to do! Life is getting less crazy so I'll be showing my gratitude for the recent awards this week. I hope that everyone enjoys their Sunday evening.