The Summer of Transition

Monday, August 12, 2013

So, I finally took that break I was talking about.

I didn't blog for two weeks because I was busy doing this:

We moved! Just a couple of miles away, but everything still had to be boxed up, sorted and packed. What a process. Buying a house involves a LOT of checklists, a LOT of paperwork and a LOT of stuff. Who knew we had so much stuff in that little ranch house? Every bit of it makes me want to be more intentional in what we purchase moving forward. Boxes of stuff aside, we are happy to be here.
Change is on the horizon for this blog, too. I'm working on redesigning the site (stay tuned!) and I've considered deeply why I do this, or what's the point? Here's what I keep coming back to: I do this because I love to write. Specifically, I enjoy writing about my adult life (read: I'll mention the kids, but this isn't about them) and I hope to relate what I'm going through to what you're going through. I like to connect with you, and encourage. I've got some ideas about how to do that better, so stick with me this fall and we'll see how it goes. I feel rejuvenated, and excited about freshening things up around here.
The summer of transition happened in a flash. The papers are signed, the keys are handed over, the boxes are unpacked, the routines are beginning, the school bell is about to ring, and wow. It has hit me like a ton of bricks: God doesn't call me to be stagnant. Oh sure, there may be stagnant seasons (fussy baby, difficult job, illness) that feel like they will never end. But they end. They always do. And then the next thing begins. Life is fluid, moving. It progresses. 

I'm reminded of the verse that sparked that title of this blog, the verse that often spurs me forward. I like how it is worded in The Message.
He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing. Ephesians 2:10, MSG
God's gotten good work ready for me to do. That's an amazing thought. Better get to it.
If you had to put a label on your summer, what would it be? 
The Summer of ________?

If it's been difficult, might it be encouraging to think that the difficulty will (eventually) end?  

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6 Responses to “The Summer of Transition”

  1. wow, moving is always a process!

    I can't wait for the new look, mine is getting a face lift as well as soon as the summer is over and back to different than now. (smile)

    The summer of enjoying these kids of mine more than ever before.

  2. Excited to see the changes. Moving is one of my least favorite things to do. But it's necessary from time to time.

    I'm tempted to say "The summer of falling, infection, falling, double infections,high sugar..." That part has been depressing. Yet when I look back I see is as a summer of anticipation. New editoral job, promise of a new son, being a part of homeschooling my granddaughter...God is good whether it's poor health or blessings.

  3. Mine would be the summer of new beginnings. Last year was hard because my dad was sick and I went from being a single girl with a dog, to moving my parents with me so I could take care of my dad who was diagnosed with terminal cancer, becoming a caregiver, insurance company expert, you name it. I also had a personal tragedy at work and that weighted heavily in my heart. Sadly my dad passed away from his illness in April and suddenly I find myself in a new place, with all this time in my hands and really no responsibilities other than to myself. So I am begin new, rediscovering my love for God, taking up new hobbies {hello scrapbooking!} and got a new dog! So yes, new beginnings.

    Maria @ Bloom

  4. I didn't know you moved! Congrats!! And love this pull of forward, of newness. I can't wait to see what you do here. you are loved!!

  5. Your backyard looks perfect! This has been the summer of looking inward, and finding some roots there. I'm still a tiny little plant but I'm growing. :) I'm so energized by the direction you're finding here, in this writing space... and I can't wait to see your new design. I'd love to hear about your experience with Design by Insight. I'm familiar with the sites they have designed, and one day (one day!) I want to go with a professional designer, instead of doing it myself. I'm just a Tinkerbell. I can't stop. But it gets in the way of creating content. Oh, so maybe it's the summer of epiphanies? :)

  6. Welcome to the neighborhood! Look forward to your new and refreshing blogging ideas.