Thursday, August 18, 2011

my brand of busy

we are all ridiculously busy.  stupid busy.  whether it's self inflicted busy, or legitimate can't do a thing about it busy, doesn't much matter.

i can't remember the last time that i asked someone "how have you been?" and the answer was anything other than 'busy'.  (i remember when the automatic response was still the generic and non descript "okay")

anyway, i am no exception.  here is my current brand of busy:

it is wedding season y'all, and i am very...you guessed it...busy sewing wedding clutches!  this years fav? chevron and oblong in every color of the rainbow:


we have just completed a week-long vacation bible school:



my husband and i just got back from a weekend away.  he was in charge of the camera, and did not photograph anything except me!!! seriously? come one...



this is me un make-uped and forcing a smile because he said "smile" and i complied only because i didn't know he would go on to take like 30 pictures of me that weekend.  seems he forgot what i look like without 150 lbs. of children dripping off of me.

and while the weekend was fantastic and i loved each moment away, i did come home to a messy home and lots and lots of laundry?? how? it was all done before i left.  it's like the kids wore 3 outfits everyday i was gone!

and of course i will help plan the women's retreat...

and the kids are taking art classes every tues...

and i am throwing my big sister's bridal shower on sat...

and my oldest son is taking his hunter's safety course this week...

and one child has a summer head cold...

and, and, and...

then i read:

"Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him..."
Psalm 37:7

and

"Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom"
Psalm 90:12

oh how i need to be still and wait.  patiently of course.  and how i desperately need that heart of wisdom.

i am busy with good things. my family and all that goes along with having one.  my little side business gets my leftovers.

i am deliberate about having real time for my husband and each one of my children.  i read to them every day. (the kids, not my hubby:)  we do stuff together and don't watch tv.  but am i being deliberate enough about having time to be still and wait patiently?

what do you do to be deliberate about being still and waiting patiently?

6 comments:

Laura said...

I LOVE that chevron clutch!!! LOVE. You are super talented.

Laura said...

Oh and to answer you question. I've learned to do this well. I simply close my eyes and just take in the moment. Sound cheesy? probably, but just taking that second to be in that moment and to savor, regardless of what I'm doing, makes a huge difference. Oh and I also found that waking up earlier than the rest of my house for my prayer time and caffiene kick, makes SUCH a difference in my day...I'm ready to start my day by the time the rest of them wake up :)

Jessica Johnson said...

ADORE that clutch. ADOREEEE. seriously. SOOO So cute. you are a rockstar.

hannah singer said...

you are busy! sheesh!
great scriptures. i try to just make sure i sit down. hours will go by and i feel so stressed. then i sit. i realize i haven't rested since i woke up! sitting still for a few minutes helps me:)

Kris said...

Hey Marie,
Long time no see. I saw you on joanie's blog so I thought I'd say hi. You have grown up to be quite the lady. I always knew you would. Blessings to you-Kristine
(Meier) Skiff

Laura said...

Yep, it definitely has to be deliberate - I am an early riser too - I find that if I DON'T have that time to sit still and get used to the day, write down some prayers and read the Bible, the day is hectic from there on out. Oh, and THANKS for the sweet comment about Haley's art - I read it to her and she couldn't stop smiling!