Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A Mid-Month Check-Up

Sometimes, it’s good just to sit back and take stock of where you are and/or where your family is.
Businesses do it. Why not individuals and families?

So, it’s Monday when I write this, and it’s snowing. (Something that seems pretty unusual for where I live in the Midwest, especially considering it’s mid-April.) I love the snow, so I sat and stared at it for quite a while, absorbing the blessed silence and peace of it. And that silence, naturally, led to some reflection.

We have four weeks of homeschool left. This means that my oldest is graduating high school and will no longer, officially, be under my tutelage.

My takeaway: Don’t overschedule so I can savor the last few days. (She’ll still be around, attending a local university next year and living with us, but it’ll still be different.)

We just came through several days of revival services, and I’m refreshed but tired. Our church had a special preacher and special services for half of last week, and we attended every night. It was wonderful preaching, and I took six and one-half pages of notes that contain so many nuggets of wisdom. But I’m tired. Our schedule was rearranged, clothing was a special effort, and there was lots of socializing (which is good but tiring for an introvert).

My takeaway: After that intense time, I need a few days of downtime to recoup and think/pray through what I learned.

My reading goals are being met, but I need to stay vigilant. I’m in the middle of my third book this month, which thrills me. Life has a tendency to get in the way, especially with a large family, but I’ve made a conscious effort to read in small snatches of time. Those bits of time add up. I’ve also started reading more on my phone with the kindle app or the overdrive app. At first, I was reluctant. I don’t want to look like I’m just fiddling away on my phone all the time, especially to the children. But I explained to my children that I was actually reading a book or my Bible, and they look at the screen whenever they want. I also shoved away my worry of what others will think.

My takeaway: I’m not thrilled with reading on my phone, but it’s better than not reading at all.

I’m finding it difficult to remain patient for my next book cover. Amish Country Amnesia is coming this September, and I’ve seen a preview of the cover, but I don’t have a final version to share yet. I check my email inbox at least ten times each day, looking for it. {Spoiler alert: It’s different than my other covers, but it’s incredible! ๐Ÿ˜Š } I loved writing Amish suspense, and I’m currently working on another.

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It’s time for a nap. Sometimes, the most spiritual thing a person can do is sleep. Rest.

The takeaway: Don’t feel guilty for getting enough sleep.

How is the month of April going for you?

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