Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A Matter of the Heart

I have received some emails asking if I'm okay and where I have been. It has been over a month since my last post. Yes, I am fine. I have just been uninspired. I think all the stress of our big move has finally caught up to me. I have hardly been on my computer at all. So what have I been up to?

Obviously, Christmas was consuming. It was worth every bit of effort, and I actually got all my cards and packages mailed in plenty of time. After New Year I decided it was time to break out of my funk and to reclaim my life. I have been starting each morning off spending time with God. I am staying on top of house chores by working at it each morning right after my quiet time. Giving to our ministry was wonderful at the end of 2010, and I have a pile of people to thank. It has been really fun spending a couple of hours each morning reviving the lost art of writing thank-you notes. In the afternoons, I have enjoyed down time to myself. I have been catching up on some books I have been wanting to read, and I am making a quilt for my nephew, Little A, who should make his grand arrival into the world sometime in the next few weeks. I have also been spending more time with my kids. Pepper has developed a fascination with books, and he would have me read to him all day if he had his way. Snapper has been more conversational than usual, so we have been doing a lot more talking together. Lots of time consumed on non-electronic activities.

Just as important as all those other things is the addition of two new friends to my life. Their names are Laura and Tracie, and our families are in a church small group together. I really can't begin to express how thankful I am for them. Our husbands really enjoy each other, as do our kids. We are all transplants to Orlando, and none of us have family here. We have decided to be family to each other, and we are all loving it. Much of my former computer time has been consumed with building relationships with my new girls. Coffee dates, shopping, family brunch, and church group have taken greater importance in my life. If any of my Little Rock Bible study girls are reading this, I want to thank you for praying for friends for me over the last year. God has answered your prayers in the form of Tracie and Laura.

So I am feeling more comfortable in Orlando. More secure. More relaxed. And I believe that this increased sense of well-being will re-inspire my creative thoughts. I think this means new life for the blog!

As a total side note, Beautiful Nest is a really fun blog filled with great ideas for making your home a beautiful place. I was a guest blogger at Beautiful Nest earlier this week. If you are looking for ways to bust clutter and help your kids get control of their bedrooms, check out my post.

And now I will leave my friend computer and get some work done on my quilt. It is currently taped to my living room floor because I am in the middle of basting it. I am SO over having a quilt blocking my living room. I will leave you with a photo of my cuties on Christmas. Have a great day!


USMC Wife said...

It's so great to hear how you are doing. I know moving can be hard on a family. That is so great you all have found friends so quickly. Praise God for answering your prayers.

Southern Belle said...

It was so neat to read a new post from you today. I am glad you've meet some new friends in Florida. Aren't small groups great? Its really the only way one can get to know people at church these days. We recently began attending one as well. Its nice to fellowship with the sweet couples who attend.

Stef said...

I've missed you, Em! I've felt uninspired too, this whole week. Sometimes I think its helpful to take a blog break( (for me at least) but I'm glad you're back :)

Your kids are getting so tall and cuter every day.
Love you!

Lori said...

I'm glad to hear that you are happy, healthy and enjoying Orlando and your new family. :)