You may be wondering about the diet efforts. Well, I must confess they haven’t been going well for about the last month. Excuses abound. However, I think the number one excuse has some merit. I started working a very-close-to-full-time schedul about 3 weeks ago, and it has been hard to get things together and plan for meals. This has been a big transition for our family, so the diet has been a casualty. That being said, exercise has not completely ended, and I don’t feel that all my work of the spring and early summer is lost. So getting back on the wagon soon should get me headed in the right direction once again.
Work . . . I took a full-time job that started a few weeks ago. In August, I am working part-time mainly because of Mark’s travels. I am also taking a short vacation by myself at the end of the month using frequent flyer miles to go to CA to visit Michelle and Garrett Craw. In September, I am supposed to begin working a more full-time schedule.
The last week, Mark has been gone. First to NY to speak at a conference, and now of to CA to participate in Garrett Craw’s installation service for his new church plant. His absence has made me more thankful for him than ever. He really is a good dad, and he takes on a lot more responsibility for the children than many dads do. With working in the mix, I have also experienced a taste of what it is like to be a single mom with all the responsibility of keeping up with a work schedule and getting the kids to childcare or school. Keeping up a juggling act like this on a daily basis would horrify me. I am so very thankful that Mark is a good husband and father and that this is not required of me year-round 24/7.
The kids went back to school yesterday. Their school starts off with a half-day, and then day 2 (today) gets things going full-swing. They are happy with their teachers, and it seems like things are off to a good start. I have some concerns for my oldest and youngest school-age children this year, so if you think of it, pray for them and for me that school would be a positive experience.
One thing I am trying to pray about for all 3 kids at school is their friendships. They struggle with making good friends, yet they are very social. So they hurt when friendship situations don’t go as they had hoped (like most people do). So I am trying to pray for them all everyday specifically in regard to their friends. One big hope/request is that they would each find one good friend at school who likes them as much as they like the friend. (Did that make sense?) If you’re someone who prays for me/us on occassion, this is something you can pray for, too.