Let me just start by saying that I’m sharing a post that is close to my heart over at The Better Mom today…
Our theme for October is– contentment.
And I’m sharing about finding contentment (or battling for it) in those years when you have lots of Littles running around. It’s also about how I sometimes speak discontentment without even saying a word.
It would mean a lot to me if you stopped by and chimed in on the conversation.
“10 Things That My Allume Roomies Should Know About Me”
Because in 17 days, Lord willing, I will hop on a plane, headed for Allume, a Christian writing conference. I have never, ever, EVER done anything like this before and I honestly can’t believe that God has opened the doors for me to go, that my husband is willing to take over homeschool on the Thursday I’ll be gone, and that I’ll finally be able to meet-face-to-face some of the writers who have become my online friends over the past 18 months.
I’ll be rooming with Gracelaced Ruth (that’s what I mentally call her whenever I think of her), Rachel Wojarnowski, and Kelly from The Nourishing Home. All three of them are special to me and I really do feel like I already know them, so it’s just a true over-and-above-and-beyond-gift to know that we’ll have this “in real life” time with each other.
So what might they want to know about me, that they might not already know???
Dear Rachel, Kelly and Gracelaced Ruth,
1. I do not snore (despite what my husband says) and I can fall asleep pretty much ANYWHERE in about the time it takes you to brush your teeth, so please don’t be offended if we’re mid-slumber-party-conversation and I suddenly don’t respond.
2. I am not observant when it comes to appearances. All of my friends here know that is true. You could literally cut 12 inches off of your hair, gain 20 pounds and pierce your nose and I probably wouldn’t notice, so there’s a really good chance I won’t recognize you despite all of our interactions.
3. I decided to update my wardrobe for the conference so I bought these new shoes…in the kids’ section…at Ross. Actually, to be honest, any “what to wear” talk kinda freaks me out because I don’t spend much time at all thinking about what to wear. I’ll probably bring my jeans and black shirt staples with an optional running-exercise-outfit-option (not that I actually run) because that is what is normal for me.
5. I do not know one single password without my password storage book. Seriously. So if you see me struggling to log into my own blog, you’ll know why.
6. I’m currently treadmill-walking my way through the Veronica Mars television series because I found it for $2 at a garage sale and when it comes to exercise you could say that I’m less-than-self-motivated which is why I have certain friends on set days who meet me to walk so that it actually happens. But most of my best conversations happen on walk-and-talks so if you ever want to grab my arm and head for a quick walk while we’re there, I’d love to go! Side note–my fast-walking-skills are stellar. I once beat a Portland Timber Soccer Player in a fast walking race.
7. Coffee is kind of a necessity in the morning. In high school and college I worked for a coffee company. With God’s help & coffee, I consider myself a morning person. So you can be sure I’ll head out first thing to grab a cup of coffee. Just let me know if you want me to bring a cup back up to the room for you too!
8. I’m still in an ongoing battle with worry and I have some slight hypochondriac tendencies. My friends here reading this are laughing to themselves right now. But it’s true. Our daughter’s preschool teacher casually mentioned that she’s been using the restroom a lot in class. So, of course…just like every other mom would do…I home-tested her blood sugar for diabetes…again. She’s fine. I’m going to do my very best not to call home too often, but you have my permission to hold an intervention if I you notice I’m losing the battle.
9. I also have issues with wall signs, books, small woodland creatures, and candy dispensers. I do not need more of these things. Again, permission for an intervention if you see me lingering too long over any of these items in the hotel gift store.
9-ish. I tend to make up words by adding the suffix –ish or lots of hyphens…and to extend sentences with lots of dots. I do this in my writing…but also when I talk.
10. I already consider you my friends. Almost to a fault, I function online exactly as I do in real life. No big surprises here…
And with that, let the countdown begin!
Lord willing, I’ll see you all very soon!!!
For those of you who were kind enough to hang on through all that, please take a moment and stop by The Better Mom today…where I’m sharing about finding and showing contentment when you’re in that mama-with-little-ones-season-of-life.