I made it through this week and I made it through NaBloPoMo! Yay for me! A post every day is definitely an accomplishment for me. I’m glad I did it!

I will be really glad when this week is really finished. A funeral and a wedding in one week makes for quite the emotional roller coaster, let me tell you! But, I made it through the funeral/memorial service, I got my first Avon order in today, I finished at work early so that I could get a much needed nap and I’m nearly done with tonight’s wedding prep. Yippee! I will be so glad for Sunday’s afternoon nap. 😀

Congrats to everyone else who made it through NaBloPoMo, too! Happy end of November!

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Now for a vacation!

Only two more days of blogging every day in November. I thought it would be harder than it was, but there were a couple of days that I struggled to find a good topic to post. Today is one of those days, so I will expound on my NaBloPoMo experience so far.

I have been enjoying it. I hope that I will continue to write at least 5 times per week. I did enjoy the challenging days. That was what it was about, right? I don’t think I really got any new readers from it except maybe one, but for me that wasn’t the point anyway.

I look forward to next year!

Tomorrow is my uncle’s funeral. Please pray for his family. It’s a really difficult situation, obviously. I’m nervous to meet my cousins again. I’ve only met them once in my life. So, pray for me, too. I would like to know them better.

I am reading a new book right now. The Power of a Praying Wife, by Stormie Omartian, is about how praying for your husband can change the way you see him and increase your love for him. I am not very far into the book yet, but I have already seen a big difference. I am not on the verge of divorce or anything near that, but there is a lot of truth in what she is saying.

The last couple of days I’ve seen myself do things I wouldn’t normally do because I feel closer to Chris through praying for him. I’ve been more loving to him and I even folded the laundry today (unfortunately, that is a rare occurrence). I would suggest that any wife read this book, but especially if you are going through some rough times. I plan on passing my copy onto others so that they can benefit from it too.

Stormie Omartian has many books that begin “the power of a praying”. My hubby has The Power of a Praying Husband. I don’t think he has ever read it and with his masters program keeping him busy, he probably won’t anytime soon. But that’s okay. I am going to be praying for him because I want to and not because I want him to pray for me. He probably already prays for me more than I pray for him. Really, the point of it for me is to become a better wife to him. I am sorely lacking in the wife department most of the time. I want to improve and I prayer always helps improve me.

I read a great devotional that I would like to share.

It was written by a new blog friend, Ilona. She posted an entry from her devotional diary that was a really great summation of Luke 18.

Humility will also come through prayer. How can I possibly enter the presence of the almighty God and walk away thinking I’m somebody? I can walk away overjoyed that His Spirit works in and through me, that He loves me and molds me, and that through Him I can do all things. But to act like I have the right to treat people as if they are lesser than I is…pharisaical!

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Yesterday I mentioned that I had an interesting visit with my doctor. Sometimes I think that I should switch doctors because mine isn’t too great at follow-through, but I generally like him, so I haven’t switched yet. Yesterday, his insight was pretty amazing. After that I really doubt I’ll be able to change doctors because he now has some serious insight into some of my medical issues. He basically told me that some of my problems are mental. That sounds bad, but he said it very nicely and he took me with him through his thought process so that it made sense and I wasn’t offended. He thinks that I feel I need more control over my life and so when I forget to take a medicine I feel better in some specific ways just because I feel like I am finally controlling my own life. This is hard to talk about without being specific, but I understood him and I think he is pretty right.

So what does that mean for me? I think it means that I need to intentionally take control of some aspect of my life that I am capable of taking control of. And that is what he said, but I think he is right. An example would be the dishes. If I decided that I was going to control the dishes by keeping the kitchen clean better, maybe that would make me feel like I was in control more so that other areas of my life could happen as they may and I would be happy with that. This is probably making no sense at all. That’s okay. This is mostly me retelling myself stuff so that I won’t forget it. I am frustrated with myself right now because of my lack of motivation after doing some medication changes. I am going back to the medications I was on so my life and body should even out more in the coming weeks. I look forward to that.

He also said that maybe I need to clarify the rolls I take on in life so I can differentiate between them. That part at first confused me becasue he was saying I need to compartmentalize my life and I always understood that to be a bad thing. But my hubby pointed out a time in his life where he was working several jobs and he had to compartmentalize in order to be a whole person. He needed to have a space in his life for each job so that he could go there and get that job done without having to think about the jobs. That makes sense to me. I carry several rolls. There is the Mom Elaine, the Minister Elaine, the Wife Elaine and the Elaine Elaine. This blogging stuff is the Elaine Elaine with a little bit of all the others thrown in. I think I’m going to buy a bracelet that will symbolize these various rolls so that it will remind me to keep on task and to do a better job of completing all the tasks in my life. I want something like a charm bracelet or one of those bracelets with the changeable links. Then I will get a charm/link for each roll in my life. What do you think of this idea? Now, I just need to save up some money so I can but something really cute!

Today I’ve been thinking about a lot of things, but nothing I can really put into words yet. I can say that I talked to my doctor today about some medicine changes and he had some really great insight. It was more like I was talking to a psychologist than my family doctor. I appreciated what he had to say, but my brain is still processing it. I was also reading a book last night that had some good insight, but I’m still processing that, too. If I weren’t doing NaBloPoMo, I probably wouldn’t post tonight, but I am, so that is what little I’ve got. I’m also really tired tonight so my brain isn’t fully functioning. I’m sorry I haven’t got more to give. Hopefully tomorrow I will have plenty to say!

I have been tagged by More Cows to list ten random things about myself. Then I get to tag 5 others. Let’s see if I can come up with ten random, interesting new things…

  1. Growing up, everyone told me I looked like Molly Ringwald, especially after I got my hair permed when I was in like third grade. Whatever happened to her?
  2. I can wash nearly all the dishes in our kitchen in like an hour and half when I have to. That’s a little embarrassing…
  3. I refuse to put away dishes and vacuum. Those are two jobs the hubby has to do. Putting away dishes is like making your bed. What’s the point? You’re just going to get them out again. It just seems counter-productive to me. I know that’s terrible.
  4. My going-to-bed ritual must involve reading. I used to only read juvenile literature, but lately I usually read blogs.
  5. I really don’t like to preach. I hope someday I will be able to say I do.
  6. I applied for waitressing jobs many times during college and never got hired. I still can’t figure that one out.
  7. I have a B.A. in Christian Studies. It’s like two half degrees made into one. It’s pretty useless for anything other than what I’m doing. I did church planting and graphic design. What kind of job can you get with half a design degree? I’ll tell you…NONE! 😦
  8. Since moving to our current residence, we have been given (absolutely free) 4 vehicles! God is so amazing!
  9. Growing up my favorite candy was always Sweet Tarts. I was never big into chocolate. Since bearing children I want all the chocolate in the world…NOW! Forget the Sweet Tarts!
  10. I have never lived anywhere for more than four years…until now!!! [This is where I do the happy dance!]

So, there you have it! So, I guess I will tag Doodaddy, Tam, Tara, Ilona and AnneMarie. I actually wish I could tag more people! Those were hard choices!