Looking ahead at the next two months, I’m both excited and panic stricken. I’m thankful for many opportunities and doors God has opened, but I wonder if I’ll finish the summer more exhausted than ever! How can I scale back and travel light on this road God has mapped for me? [Read more…]
My eyes brimmed with tears that threatened to overflow and spoil our family breakfast at a special waterfront restaurant. As ridiculous as it sounds, a family spat over what to order made me cry. Seated across from me, my husband and two kids looked worried. Not wanting to ruin a special occasion, I struggled to control myself.
As I took deep breaths and willed away the tears, I thought back over my week. Several conflicts had gone unresolved, and PMS had set me on a roller-coaster ride headed for disaster. Now I had so much frustration pent-up inside that it spilled out as a flood of tears over a silly disagreement about whether to order an omelet or Turkish breakfast! What’s a girl to do?
Do you ever have days when your best laid plans go awry? When little mishaps crop up and threaten to ruin your day, do you get as frustrated as I do? As much as I wish I would just flex and go with the flow, I tend to fret and fume instead.
A few Saturdays ago, several setbacks left me frustrated and tense. I was late preparing breakfast for guests who arrived early. The gas tank on our stove ran out (a reality of life in Turkey). I had nothing to offer our friends while we waited an hour for a new tank to be delivered. Later on, a simple errand turned into an afternoon of driving from store to store through heavy traffic in the rain. While we were out, the optical called, but when I went to pick up my new glasses, the lab had made a mistake, so instead of the cute modern style I’d chosen, I had Benjamin Franklin spectacles! [Read more…]
My heart sank, and I gulped hard when I dropped my husband off at the metro station. Jose left for a two week trip, and as I drove home I mentally went through all that could go wrong during his absence.
I remembered the infamous trip when the electrically-powered car window fell open by itself the minute I dropped him off at the airport. Two days after I had the window repaired, the toilet stopped up, and unbelievably we locked the bathroom door from the inside and couldn’t open it! [Read more…]
Do you notice how Mom is the one who makes the holidays happen? Mom is the one who shops for gifts, decorates the house, prepares holiday meals, and plans special activities. Mom is also the one most likely to end up frazzled, exhausted, and snappy by the time Christmas rolls around. [Read more…]