Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Never Make A Major Announcement

What happens when you make a major announcement in a public profession-kind of way?

The universe instantly conspires against you to make certain that the thing you announced you would do is exactly the thing you will look back on and see that you, indeed, have not done.

It's a conspiracy.

It has been two months since I last reported here on the blog that I would be taking a break to write! write! write! until my stubby little Hobbit-sized fingers were sore from the writing.

Guess who has not been writing.

{insert woman sheepishly raising hand in shame here!}

Which begs the question...what in the world have I been doing for the past two months?

It might be easier to tell you what I have NOT been doing.

I haven't crafted a card in over two months. Not even one.

I haven't been house fluffing.

I haven't been entertaining out-of-town guests.

I haven't been to bible study with my group.

I haven't even added a single word to my novel.

Well, now that THAT list is out in the open, what about the other list? The "What I did on my two months of blogging vacation" list?

I spent my twenty-fifth anniversary with the love of my life in California.

I drank wine.

I hiked in the redwood forests.

I crossed the Golden Gate bridge.

I dipped my toes into the Pacific ocean.

I ate amazing food at vineyards too beautiful for words.

I got a job.

And then I quit that job and got another job.

I crafted a collage-style painting.

I visited the women in my family.

I cut my bangs...myself.

I made delicious pies and soups.

I cared for sick boys and old dogs.

I went to church.

I heard a sermon on being faithful using our talents for God's glory.

I felt that familiar conviction of the Holy Spirit.

And so I came here to say...

...no major announcement.

Just a "Hello, friends!"

It is well with my soul.

Hope it is well with yours, too!


  1. Hi Mary Rose,
    I was just cleaning up my computer bookmarks & decided to check and see if anything was new - and I'm so happy to find your blogpost today! It looks like you've had a very productive - and enjoyable - last 2 months, doing the stuff that really counts! How lucky you are to have such a long list of blessings to add to your "Gratitude List" this year.

    Blessings of the season to you and yours,
    P.S. Your new profile photo is so pretty - love those bangs!

    1. Thanks, Janet! You are so right. Much to be thankful for this year! Blessings to you!

  2. Hi, nice to hear from you! So you haven't written? Big deal. Sounds like you're living a good life. The writing will come when it's supposed to come.

    1. I love your thought, Francie! Made me smile today!

  3. You have been busy!!! xo

  4. Oh my goodness! You're Back! Hooray. I've missed your posts. I kind of thought you wouldn't be back. I love your combo of family life, household tips, crating, self reflection, etc.