Day 25: I Like It Here

This largely unedited free-write is linking up with the Write 31 Days Challenge. // indicates the start and stop of five minutes. The prompt word for today is SIGN. Go!

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//  The day starts out crazy and only gets crazier. Kids writing exams, students to teach, groceries to buy (again), and laundry that doesn’t seem to end. How on earth did I get here again?

sign-2“Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.”

I see the graphic on the wall, and I take a breath. That’s right. I can hear Anne of Green Gables say, “Today is fresh with no mistakes in it.”

The day continues, and I race around with morning activities. Busy, Busy, Busy. All good, but busy. How can I do three things at once? This is not gonna get done in time. Oops, forgot to fetch the kids from school.    Read more

Day 24: Unpack Your Boxes and Plant Your Trees

This largely unedited free-write is linking up with the Write 31 Days Challenge. // indicates the start and stop of five minutes. The prompt word for today is GLOBAL. Go!

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//  As an international Mom parenting international kids, today’s prompt word is the perfect opportunity to share with you one of my absolute LIFESAVERS.

Had you told me that we would someday live overseas for more than a decade, I would’ve never believed you. Nope. Wasn’t even on my radar. But surprises happen, and thankfully, God has more exciting plans for our lives than we can even hope or imagine.

We had been in South Africa for almost 5 years and the homesickness and culture shock were so intense. There were times I seriously thought I was losing my mind. In those first years of trying to establish a new life in South Africa, we did many things right, but we also did many things wrong.  Read more

Day 23: When All Hell Breaks Loose

This largely unedited free-write is linking up with the Write 31 Days Challenge. // indicates the start and stop of five minutes. The prompt word for today is BLOWOUT. Go!

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//  Blowout… not a word I use every day. In fact, the only times I’ve ever heard the word in real life is in the hair salon, and in the malls after Christmas for their end-of-the-season blowout sales. So, usually, the word produces warm, fuzzy feelings in me. Looking pretty, finding good deals.

But the reality is that “blowout” is usually a word that implies chaos or disaster. Like a blowout tire (been there) or a blowout temper tantrum (also been there). Or how about a blowout financial crisis? (Flip! I’ve been there even recently.)

The truth is, sometimes, life as a mom gets extremely stressful and chaotic. Those moments when your best-laid plans just dissolve into tears, illness, frustration, or empty bank accounts. It’s not fun, but it happens.

I remember such a season after my second child was born. Everything was going wrong: everyone was sick, the bank account was empty, the car was breaking down, friends were too busy, kids were crying and needy, cupboards were empty, and I was too tired to care. It was only a few months later that I realized that Read more