Catching my breath and saying thanks

blogDSCN8700Henry Kissinger supposedly said, “There cannot be a stressful crisis next week.  My schedule is already full.”

That’s exactly how I’ve been feeling this week.  Mama’s nest may be empty, but her schedule is not only full but overloaded!

 To say it’s been busy here lately is a gross understatement.

With all THREE of my children getting married this year, the pace of life has ratcheted up several notches!

Here’s a run-down of my week’s calendar since last Friday.

  • Friday, January 27 – Drive into city to go with both daughters for evening appointment at bridal salon.  Grab fast food dinner on way to salon.  Watch oldest daughter try on several gowns.  More to come on that!  She did say yes to the dress! (And we were there until past closing time!)
  • Saturday, January 28 – Clean house, run to grocery store in morning.  Visit yet another wedding reception venue with oldest daughter, fiancé, and Papa in afternoon.  After preparing decent sit-down dinner for four, try to relax and watch movie with family.
  • Sunday, January 29 – Attend church and then visit another wedding reception venue. Say goodbye to oldest daughter’s fiancé on his way back to that other state and say hello to middle daughter who came home from the city for more wedding planning.  Spend all evening researching wedding ideas, invitations, cakes, flowers, etc. with oldest daughter and planning the next two days’ activities with middle daughter.
  • Monday, January  30 – Work all day.  Call church to book oldest daughter’s wedding date.  Receive text message from her that chosen reception venue site is now taken on that date.  Call church again to ask for other open dates and chose one.  Text daughter.  Call church again (by now, the secretary must think I’m insane!) to confirm and book a different date.  Immediately upon return home, run to craft store with middle daughter to purchase decoration supplies.  Turn the kitchen into a wedding preparation station, but still take time to watch “The Bachelor” with middle daughter so we can complain about all the annoying girls on the show.
  • Tuesday, January 31 – Take day off work to perform various tasks with middle daughter including cutting, gluing, making lists, searching online, and general wracking brain for ideas.  Stop.  Drive to chiropractor’s appointment to be cracked, popped, stretched, and adjusted because hip is really acting up.  Feel sick afterwards but decide there’s no time for that.  Meet oldest daughter at 5 p.m. appointment at reception venue to sign contract and make deposit.  Come home, grab dinner, and order decorating items found online.
  • Wednesday, February 1 –  Go to work and try to accomplish as much as possible.  Attend co-worker’s family member’s memorial service with other co-workers.  Grab dinner and head off to church with hubby for Bible study, which he is leading.  Check email and note that son sent a link to his engagement photos with fiancée.  Quickly glance at all 187 photos and decide to table deciding on favorite one for another day.  Spend restless and sleepless night.
  • Thursday, February 2 – Go to work with headache and toothache (probably from stress).  Go straight from work to chiropractor’s appointment.  Meet hubby at home, grab quick dinner, and proceed to church for evening event with guest speaker (dear friend of mine). Remember to show son’s online engagement photos to hubby.  (Still haven’t picked which one to use for engagement announcement.)
  • Friday, February 3 – Try to organize bridal bombardment that’s taken over dining room.  Chat by phone with sister to arrange for trip out of town next week to search for mother of the bride dress (that’s right, I still don’t have a dress to wear for wedding number one!)  Run to nearby fabric store in search of elusive item needed for table centerpieces.  Come home disappointed and empty handed.  Turn to the internet to search for item, still not found.  Spend way too much time viewing wedding sites.  And finally, log in to neglected blog where I find I’m very behind in approving comments, replying to comments, not to mention reading my favorite fellow bloggers’ posts.

That’s been my week in a nutshell, with no end in sight.  By the end of this year, I will have scads of time to devote to whatever I want, including this blog.  For now, I’m just trying to keep my head above water and my body from collapsing.  Breathe, breathe, just breathe.  That’s become my new mantra.

All of this is my feeble attempt to explain why I haven’t responded to some very kind and encouraging people who lauded my blog with more awards back in January.

I’ve been remiss in not acknowledging and publicly thanking the generous fellow writers who bestowed honor on me and I’m so sorry for that.  Kate at Believe Anyway graciously sent two such awards my way.  One was the HUG Award, created by blogger Connie Wayne.   If you’d like to know more about this award, you can read about it here.  Thank you, Kate, for deeming my blog worthy of this honor.

Kate also passed One Lovely Blog Award on to Mama’s Empty Nest.  There are no rules for this award, and I find myself grateful for that because, frankly, I just don’t have time to follow a list of rules right now.   All of my blogging buddies have most lovely blogs, so if you’re reading this, you’re a blogger, and I read your posts, please consider yourself named as One Lovely Blog!

Another new friend, Dor from Technicolor Day Dreams,  bestowed the Versatile Blogger upon me.  Thank you, Dor, for thinking of me in this category.  I appreciate your nomination very much and I’m enjoying getting to know you!

I received this award once before and followed the rules then, which are: thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post;  share seven things about yourself; pass the award on to 15 more bloggers, and contact the bloggers you have chosen to let them know they have been selected.  But this time around, forgive me for not following the rules and passing on the award.

I’m truly thankful for these new friends and their sweet recognition.  Their encouragement gives me joy on this day in my book of Opportunity.

I’m just sorry I can’t participate in the award giving as much as I’d like to, but honestly, I’m just trying to tread water here the last few weeks and it doesn’t look like that will change any time soon.

Breathe, breathe, breathe.  And in the meantime, give thanks.

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8 responses

  1. I think we all understand that you won’t have a lot of time to devote to your blog – or to visiting ours – for the next few months. Just rest assured, we’ll be here when you have the time!

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