Friday, December 31, 2010

So Long, Farewell!

2010 is almost at an end.  Can I get an "Amen" or two for that fact??  The last two weeks have felt like I've been trying to get a drink of water from a fire hose aimed straight at my mouth.  But I am happy to say that things do appear to be improving.  My mom is now out of the hospital and at a rehab facility to try and get her strength back.  Unless there is an unexpected setback, she'll likely be out of there in a week or so.  We may be moving her into a one bedroom apartment so she won't have as much to keep up with and also to save her some money.  So while there are aspects of life that will be easier, a new adventure is most definitely on the horizon.  And guess who lives only five minutes away from her mother?  Yep, that would be me....and the things God has been teaching me are so many and so profound that it's going to take the rest of my life probably to process them all.  If and when I ever get some uninterrupted time, I'll attempt to share with you some of what that has been.

Today I am getting things back in a somewhat orderly state in our own apartment before I go see mom and then head downtown to Atlanta.  Yes, I know that sounds crazy, but a while back Hamp and I had volunteered to work at Passion 2011.  I had to back off from my original commitment, but with mom's move to rehab, I'm going to get to join Hamp for some of the conference and we will get to spend New Year's Eve together.  I know it will be tiring, but I'm ready for a different kind of exhaustion and I think this will be a refreshing time for both of us.

One last thing before I put things in high gear.  At the beginning of November I started another blog called Pixy Prose.  For years I've wanted to create a line of greeting cards but haven't had either the time, resources, knowledge, or equipment to do so.  I discovered I could satisfy that creative part of me by simply using the internet and a new blog.  Of course, millions of others have discovered that blogs can be an expression for lots of things as well, and I never really got many looks on it.  That humbling reality combined with my mom's health issues have forced me to stop it for now because I don't really have the time to invest in it.  While I don't have a ton of people who read this one either, there are more views of it probably because it's been around a while.  Once I have time to remove the Christmas background, don't be surprised if this becomes a combination of the two.  I'm not sure it's a good idea to squelch something that surprisingly met a need for creativity I didn't realize I had.

So as a beginning to the new year and a goodbye to the old, here's to discovering what God has placed within us!

"What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us."
~Henry David Thoreau