Friday, June 27, 2008

Was this what life pre-children was like?

Seriously. This is the strangest week ever. And this post will probably result in lots of rambling.

While Chad's at work, I have been blessed with some serious down time. Much needed down time. I didn't realize how tired I was. Yesterday...I took a nap. A real nap. It wasn't planned but boy that was a great hour.

Last night was our hot date. We had been given a very generous gift certificate so last night we drove into Buckhead and enjoyed a long, leisurely dinner in a fairly quiet restaurant. Chad treated me to Starbucks on the LONG drive home.

We decided to stay off of the interstate and just take the long way home. I'm so glad we did, we drove through places I haven't been yet and I actually feel like I could get into downtown without getting on those horrible Atlanta interstates. I feel liberated. I can't stand NOT knowing every back road and alternate route to get around here. Drives me crazy. I guess it will come with time.

Today my parents are taking the girls on the new TN River Gorge Boat tour in Chattanooga. It is supposed to be awesome and I can't wait to see their pictures.

Ok, here is a major prayer request. I'm in a major song writing funk. I'm just blank in that area right now. I jot down ideas, phrases, themes, but NOTHING seems to come out of those. It's very discouraging. Maybe that season of my life is over? I don't know...just kind of in a weird place with that.

I'm on piano Sunday and looking forward to it, but can I just be real honest. Some of what we are playing is patriotic stuff. I'm patriotic and love our country and SO appreciate the sacrifices men and women have made so that we can worship and enjoy the freedom we have and the music we are doing is fun and well orchestrated so it's fun to play...but. I really struggle to see people get all emotional on Sundays like this and then next week, they will sit in worship looking like they were weaned on a dill pickle. Sorry. I know that probably just offended someone. It's sad to me. The ONE who gives ultimate eternal freedom doesn't get the same response as the National Anthem will. I wonder how that makes Him feel.

Regardless, I'm thankful for the opportunity to worship at the piano this week. I never take that for granted.

Oh...I'm rambling big time. I'm off to tackle a load of laundry...Really ONE load and I'll be done!!! THAT is unheard of in this family. :) After that....I think I'll start planning Chloe's birthday party weekends. Yes, this year she turns 10 so she gets to have a "friend" party and a family party. August will be busy....so many lists to make!

Have a wonderful weekend. :)

9 comments:

BethAnne said...

I get what you are saying about the patriotic stuff - you are so right - people get choked up about veterans more than about God.......

I do not get what you are saying about a nap...nap? should I recognize that word?

As for the piano....I am just proud of you that you can play so well. My mom took piano for 13 years - she can play - my sister did too - she can play - me? I quit when I found out I had to practice those dern scales everyday. YUCK!!! Now I wish I had stuck it out.

Still Learning said...

Buckhead?? Girl I am 45 min. from Buckhead, used to work by the Governor's mansion & still can hardly find my way into downtown ATL without 75. You're not alone here, all these winding roads confuse me.
Lucky for me I am Northwest of ATL so I don't have to deal with our lovely traffic.
Don't sweat your writer's block. It happens to everyone who writes or composes anything. Inspiration will come & so will the words. Remember, have anxiety over nothing. Ha ha, it feels good to say that to someone else instead of myself for once. Just kidding really. Just relax, it will come. The more you try the harder it is.

Love ya,

Jenn

Heather said...

I love that you are living the "prechildren" life! And the best part is, you'll get them back soon and it will be wonderful!
Enjoy the rest of your down time!

Leah said...

Stephanie,

I know what you mean about a 'funk'. I get that with writing sometimes. That is when I just focus on the Lord and on my own Bible study and know that perhaps He is trying to teach me something in those times.

I lived in Atlanta and Gwinnett County for 16 years and I know those back road pretty well. You will learn too.

Leah

Fran said...

I'm sorry did you say NAP?? Ok, I'm happy for you. Really. Jealous.

I'm with ya on the patriotic thing....totally understand what you are saying. Couldn't agree more. WOW....you were bold. Proud of ya.

Enjoy the weekend. I'm praying for you ok?? Just enjoy. Remember your freedom in Christ and your freedom in this country and God will minister to your sweet heart in a BIG way.

Hugs~

Miss P said...

oh are you geting all the hollywood praty decorations i can't what to get home

Cheryl said...

Hey,

I guess we both are loving Hillsong right now. Love the song and video you posted today.

If you haven't seen this 9 minute video of Hillsong talking about their song "Healer," here is the link. You will be blown away.

http://www.hillsong.com/music/product.php?xProd=4603&xSec=796

Blessings!
Cheryl

Angela @ Refresh My Soul Blog said...

Amen girl!
I just love you so much for being real.
Much love,
Angela

Carol said...

Girl, you crack me up with your honesty. I know what you mean about the writing river all dried up. It happens to us all from time to time.

And by the way, I was born and raised here and I DO NOT travel downtown without a large map and an even larger escort.