Monday, November 28, 2022

Five Minute Friday: PERFORM

     This post is part of the weekly Five Minute Friday series. Five minutes of free-flow writing, shared with whoever wants to read it. This week’s prompt is: PERFORM.

____

14.  That is the number of FMF's sitting in my draft folder.  I believe that is all of them.  But I definitely need to go back and ensure I haven't missed any.  At the beginning of 2022, I decided that I will focus on writing and finish each prompt for this year. That was before I decided to begin my Master's this Fall, so needless to say, I'm a little behind. 

It seems like too big a number to get accomplished before the end of the year.  Especially since I will have another four or five to do before 2022 ends.

BUT, I set out to finish this goal for the year, and goodness I am going to do it.  It might take me until the end of 2023 to get it done, but this is one goal I will finish!  Grad school sure put a stop to my diligence in completing these each week (or a few at a time).

Here's to hoping I remember to make it a priority!

STOP.

Friday, September 30, 2022

Five Minute Friday: ROAD

This post is part of the weekly Five Minute Friday series. Five minutes of free-flow writing, shared with whoever wants to read it. This week’s prompt is: ROAD.


Straight

Windy

Open

Standstill

Less traveled

Popular

Back roads

Traffic

Lonely

Speedy

Slow

Empty

Packed

Standstill

Creeping

Broken

Underwater

Cracked

Unknown

Dirt 

Unexpected

Clay

Concrete 

Shifting sand 


No matter what it looks like.  No matter the conditions.  No matter who is traveling beside.  He is always there, leading the way. 






Friday, September 16, 2022

Five Minute Friday: SPONTANEOUS

This post is part of the weekly Five Minute Friday series. Five minutes of free-flow writing, shared with whoever wants to read it. This week’s prompt is: SPONTANEOUS. 

_____GO

So my goal for this year was to do every prompt given through the Five Minute Friday series.  I had been doing SO WELL!  I have been so impressed with myself that I have taken the time to do something "for me", even if it was just 10 minutes (ok, so I cheat a little) to get it done.  I actually followed through each week!  That is, until Aug 8th, also known as the week I started grad school.  WOOF, is all I have to say.  I am so busy with the kids, and work, and ministry, and now an extra 30 hrs a week of school work with reading, papers, assignments, tests, etc.  

Have. Mercy.

So, some things have had to be put on the back burner.  This blog, with the 5 empty draft posts, is right there next to my nightly Netflix binge and quality time with my husband.

I think the issue is that I really need more than 5 minutes to make this work.  The words might take five to type out, but in all honesty, I have to mull over the topic for a bit before I can decide what to write.  I can't think of something off the cuff like that, especially when it's going to be shared on the internet (to the three people who will actually read it).





Maybe I should be more willing to let things not be perfect and let be what will be.

Nah, probably not gonna happen.  But it's nice to think about. 

Either way, I'm going to get them all done before the end of the year.  Somehow.  Sometime.

STOP. (For real five minutes this time)

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Five Minute Friday: TOGETHER

 This post is part of the weekly Five Minute Friday series. Five minutes of free-flow writing shared with whoever wants to read it. This week’s prompt is: TOGETHER

_____GO

This time next week, we will enter a new stage.  One I've dreaded for 5 years and 10 months.  Millie is going to Kindergarten!




She is so ready.  She is smart.  Fiercely independent.  A loyal friend.  And brave beyond belief.

She is a momma's girl, through and through.  Over the past two years, we have spent a ton of time together.  She missed out on almost two years of daycare because of COVID, so she hasn't had the socialization that Jude had at her age.  However, her going off to school just feels different.  She didn't get very much 1-on-1 Momma time.  Jude came home from school in early 2020 when COVID hit and the babies came that same year.  I feel like her 'middle childness' hit her in the midst of so much life upheaval. A pandemic, my high risk pregnancy, no more daycare, Jude at home 24/7, moving homes, missing our church and Sunday school, Jude doing virtual school at home, twin baby sisters arrive and stay in the NICU for a month, with MIA Momma and Daddy as a result, and even more isolation to keep us all safe.

It's fine.  We're fine.  She's gonna do great.  I know it.  I will eventually get on board.  I'm excited to see her blossom into who the Lord has made her to be.  But right now, all I know is that I'm gonna miss my little sidekick and I'm sad this stage is a week away from being officially over. 

Five Minute Friday: BE

 This post is part of the weekly Five Minute Friday series. Five minutes of free-flow writing shared with whoever wants to read it. This week’s prompt is: BE

_____GO

Be still and know that I am God.

Be of good courage!

I hardly ever talk about it, but I had cancer.  Parotid Gland Cancer to be exact.  Somehow, for some reason, cancer decided to set up shop in my parotid gland... It's an extremely rare form of head and neck cancer, but despite it being rare, it happened to me.

I had no symptoms, no clues as to what was going on, other than a very slow growing lump in front of my ear.

At one of my OBGYN appts, I finally had to courage to bring it up, "Hey, I've noticed this lump.  Is this some weird pregnancy thing?" cause if I've learned anything after 3 go 'rounds, pregnancy is cuckoo cocopuffs.  

Turns out this is a story that's longer than 5 minutes, so I'll just end by saying, as I was being wheeled into surgery, scared out of my mind, I kept reciting Joshua 1:9... "Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go....
even here.  Even in this surgical room."

STOP___

Friday, August 5, 2022

Five Minute Friday: CHANCE

This post is part of the weekly Five Minute Friday series. Five minutes of free-flow writing shared with whoever wants to read it. This week’s prompt is: CHANCE

_____GO


So, I'm starting school on Monday.  I am almost as nervous and I am excited. It's going to be so different this time around... 

I graduated with my BS in 2007.  The last time I went "back to school" was after I graduated HS in 2003, which was really just a continuation of my education in a new place.  I had never taken a break in my education before, let alone a 15 year one.  That realization is shocking. 

However, last time I was in school, I had notebooks, binders, and a lot of notecards and highlighters.  This go around, I have my computer, an ebook and a big ol' pot of coffee brewing at 11:00pm.

This program is all online, which is truly the only way I could make this happen.  I work full time in a thriving ministry, not to mention my four kids, two of whom "work from home" with me every day.  Do I really have time to work on a Masters degree on top of my life right now?

Who knows how this is gonna go, how long it'll take, or how much I'll love it until I give it a chance.  Ready or not, here I go!

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Five Minute Friday: PROPOSE

This post is part of the weekly Five Minute Friday series. Five minutes of free-flow writing shared with whoever wants to read it. This week’s prompt is: PROPOSE.  

_____GO

I had spent the day in the lab, researching liver cancer, by harvesting cells from rodents.  I was so gross, but I was tired.  We had plans that night to go to UMHB's Homecoming Pep Rally.  I was going with friends instead of Jeff, but that didn't seem weird because he had to work the event.  My roommate Jan convinced me to shower. 

Jeff came over for a few minutes before we left for some reason, but I can't remember why.  I remember seeing that a friends sister got engaged, and I exclaimed "EVERYONE is getting engaged!".  I didn't even really care, but for some reason I said it anyway.

We headed over to Taco Cabana for dinner then headed to the soccer field where the fireworks show would be.  We loved fireworks, and we loved UMHB.  This was the first Homecoming since we graduated, so it made since to me that all our friends would be there.  



The pep rally was great, I'm sure, but I was really there for fireworks.  


We had a front row seat, but moved to the front to get a better look once the fireworks started.  



Jeff came over to watch with us, and I remember saying "My dad would love this".  




Once the show was done, the MC (Jeremy Williams) said, "But wait.  There's one more thing."  And Jeff turned me back toward the field, and I saw fireworks written out, "Jen Marry Me? Jeff"  


I looked back and my sweet boyfriend was down on one knee.  He said, "Jen I love you.  Will you marry me?" 



I was so surprised that I kept asking, "Wait, is this a joke?  Are you serious?" because he hadn't even told me he loved me yet... just the 'thank you' after I would tell him each time.

Alas, it wasn't a joke and after I said yes, to a crowd full of people cheering, I was turned around and all of our families were there.



It was the most special surprise I've ever gotten, and the best YES!  I've ever uttered.