My Mother’s Day Surprise – Time Together is a Gift (FMF: Pause)

Mother's Day surprise!

 

// As I sit and stare out the window, the rain trickles down the window pane, and I pause to listen. Silence, sweet silence. I can hear the clock tick, I can hear the dog breathe. I can hear faint rustlings coming from down the hallway. Someone I love is waking.

And I pause to rest.

In the past months, life has been frantic. Packing and planning, sorting and selling. Moving a family across an ocean is a massive task with last-minute urgencies at every turn.

But then Mother’s Day arrived and my life turned upside down. My darling husband is the BEST LIAR (yes, there is such a thing) and he surprised me with a doozie. He and Raelynne (our oldest daughter who has been studying in Australia for almost 2½ years) conspired to surprise me with her un-announced arrival and a 3-week visit.

And they planned it for 2 months without telling me ANYTHING. She just ‘showed up’ at our table for Mother’s Day dinner!  Read more

SuperMom to the International Family

Get Ready for SuperMom and the International Move

SuperMom and the International Move

 

// If any of you have made a life-changing move across cities, nations, or continents, then I’m sure you can relate to the whirlwind of activity that has been my life lately.

I am surprised, actually. I knew this was going to be a challenging season, but I didn’t expect the full gamut of emotions that we’ve been experiencing. Thank God we’ve had time to process this move with friends and family, out loud and not in silence.

The biggest surprise is what I’ve experienced concerning my writing and blogging. Have you noticed my absence lately? No, it’s not because I’ve stopped writing. Quite the contrary. I’m writing regularly and feverishly, but not all of it is meant for public consumption. Some things are just for my heart to hear.   Read more

You know you're tired when... (and an Update)

You Know You’re Tired When… (and a Blaak Family Update)

You know you're tired when... (and an Update)

 

//  What are some of the craziest things you’ve said or done while completely sleep deprived?

  • I remember saying to my husband when we still had babies, “Oh honey, you can’t park there. It’s HANDIWIPED.”
  • I remember asking him to “Please go out and mow the carpet.”
  • I remember trying to pose everyone for our annual family picture and telling my kids to “Sit there on the machine” as I pointed to a rock.
  • I also remember finding my keys in the fridge, and my wedding ring in the sunscreen bucket.

Yes, tiredness can be hilarious when it comes in small doses, but this week, I experienced the not-so-nice version of sleep deprivation. Read more