Reminder: I DO Have a Life

I’ve had a life for a long time. And it doesn’t only revolve around the kids or even Jerry. As all of them are less home-centered and stretching to new places, I am reminded of two things: 1) It’s okay to cry 2)I DO have a life outside of my family.

Part of a BENew journey is embracing changes. In the last year I’ve processed lifestyle changes, thinking differently about food and movement. I’ve enjoyed (and sometimes struggled with) the changes that comes with having a different body. As my homeschooling family is growing up by leaps and bounds, I process change again. I hope to transition well, to give my loved ones wings to soar solo and to stretch new wings myself.

Today’s pictures are a celebration of this other part of my life, the world of writers, where I find community and stretch for new heights. Colorado has a lot of wonderful opportunities for writers. As Colorado Coordinator, I’m most involved with ACFW Colorado, but there’s a wonderful spirit of cooperation in our area with other writers groups, including Words for the Journey. A few weeks ago a bunch of writers, both WFTJ and ACFW members, gathered at the invitation of WFTJ to a “write-out” at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

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My thoughtful friend and fellow author, Megan DiMaria, makes sure I know about this event each summer and invites me to share it with her and the others.

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Megan used to be teased at her work because she brought a beautiful tablecloth to enjoy her sack lunch upon. She’s one of those rare people who truly savors beauty, and the Broadmoor is is a Megan kind of place.

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My Broadmoor day was so filled with magic, that I just had to dance in the empty ballroom.

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I pray I can dance into and through this latest transition of celebrating kids who do crazy things like get married and go to college.

And, because this blog started to process weight loss, I’ll admit it. I also pray I can ignore comfort food and seek comfort that makes a difference. This latest test of my new lifestyle is fierce and with it comes cravings I really should ignore. They only mask the real need, for me to recognize the passing season and give permission for mourning.

When Stephen drove away for his first day of “real” school away from me, I curled up in my old blue recliner and had a little talk with the Lord. I cried some, not sobs, but big bubbles of tears that slid silent and wet down my cheeks. But they are not just sad tears, they are proud tears, too.

This is how it should be, this transition, this quiet house. And I must remember to let the tears fall, take a walk, listen to music, or read a little, instead of reaching for some big cheesy mess.

How about you? What tempts you to run to the arms of comfort food? What do you do instead?

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4 thoughts on “Reminder: I DO Have a Life

  1. Megan DiMaria August 28, 2013 at 8:44 pm Reply

  2. mariekeates August 30, 2013 at 5:47 am Reply

    When my eldest left home I tried so hard not to cry. He packed up all his stuff and Commando helped him carry it out to the car while I kept out of the way trying to hold in the tears. Then, when the moment came to say goodbye, we stood in the doorway and, as he hugged Philo said, “I love you Mum,” and he was crying. That was when my tears fell. Life is about change but sometimes that change is hard.

    • Paula Moldenhauer September 1, 2013 at 10:32 pm Reply

      Marie,
      I was so touched by this comment. Your boy obvious loves you a lot, too. Big transition, when they leave home. Seth came home today for the first time since leaving for college. There’s a bit CU vs CSU game in Denver, so he and his roommate came to town for it and stopped by here for lunch with the family. It was only a few minutes, but it made me happy.

      • mariekeates September 2, 2013 at 5:29 am

        It’s always great to see them isn’t it?

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