All I can say about the past 2 weeks of my life is wow, wow, wow.
Between the book release then a trip to Orlando and a conference last weekend…..it is entirely possible that I am going to die of overexposure to fun and goodness. Is that possible? Like, I am actually craving housework and salad.
On the day the book came out, I drove around to a bunch of bookstores and left little notes in some of the books. It was such fun to see my book in the stores.
The next day I flew to Orlando with 4 of my kids for 5 days of fun at Universal Studios. The thing I struggle with the most when life gets so busy is sticking with my health plans. I had such a great restart to my diet a month ago and planned to spend my entire time at Universal Studios Orlando eating healthy. I had a suitcase full of healthy snacks and was armed for the battle. In the parks I planned to eat bunless burgers with lots of veggies, stay away from sugar, etc. But by the third night after days of running around and keeping up with the kids, I fell into bed at 11PM with some Oreos and half of a leftover giant pretzel. Epic fail.
But you know what? It’s not permanent. I can just turn it around again. This is my carousel ride of life. Take good care of myself, down again, do a better job next time, fall off, eventually I will be more on the ups than the downs and that’s OK with me. I am trying.
Last weekend our pastor preached about a time that is coming when there will be no more pain or diet problems or sin dragging us down. We will be free of all of that and right now we can believe that to help get us through the hard times. Oh boy I can’t wait for that day!
1 Peter 3:6-7 “In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
I am back to work this week with book writing and my Young Living oils team and a normal diet that consist of less Oreos and more lettuce. I am also thrilled to be back to my little road for my morning walks instead of hotels and theme park workouts.
Speaking of theme parks, in case I didn’t say it, we had a fantastic time at Universal Studios and Universal Islands of Adventure. My kids that went with me all agreed that it will go down in our memory as one of our best vacations ever. I really had no idea how wonderful the whole place was and will definitely go back! Just give me a few months to recover.
After arriving home from Orlando we had one day to prepare for the Forge conference where we had a vendor booth and ladies’ luncheon happening. The luncheon went so well (thanks to my BFF Sara) that I am going to pray about doing it again next year. It was a lot of work, but such a sweet time of love and fellowship!
As much as I enjoyed getting all dressed up for the past couple of weeks and being out amongst the English, my wanna-be-Amish side is kicking in and I am ready for some home time. I won’t be doing any canning or quilting, but I will be mopping some floors and hanging laundry on the line. I am looking for simplicity and time with just my family.
We are also cleaning out bedroom for one of my great “shifts.” It happens every year or two. The kid’s needs change and we have to move bedrooms around. It’s also a good time to rid ourselves of the junk that seems to accumulate. We will attack it one room at a time until everyone is settled into new digs.
I am glad to be mostly home again and just enjoying some normalcy. Grocery trips and Bible studies and homeschool and house cleaning are the name of the game. I don’t travel again for a month and I plan to embrace every second of this time!
I hope you are falling into your routine of back to school. Doesn’t it feel good to be back on schedule?!
Have a great week!
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