I work on staff at Just Moved Ministry and we have worked with so many women throughout the years that there are few moving circumstances that we have not encountered. Sometimes, a good move just goes bad!
If you have recently moved, or will be moving in the near future, let me encourage your heart. From one who has traveled the road of relocating 14 times, I know the emotional journey ahead of you. I also know that both the moving and the stress of it will affect every area of your life.
For me and so many others, the stress of the holidays can take away from the enjoyment of the season. It can be especially stressful if you have to split Thanksgiving or Christmas between different groups of family members (for example: parents and in-laws or parents who are divorced) or accommodating older children with their own families and in-laws. As it turns out, a family meeting can help.
Simply put, Thanksgiving is all about being thankful and having a grateful heart, but I’m getting a little bit crazy with the holidays coming.
I’m filling the calendar, scheduling time with friends, thinking about turkeys—the ones on sale? stuffed or unstuffed this year?—remembering to find recipes, making lists of ingredients, and pulling down fall decoration boxes from the garage, only to take a deep breath when I see the Christmas boxes next to them.
It’s obvious my mind is like a merry-go-round, whirling with things to do.
One day last spring, morning coffee in-hand, I noticed my dog’s curiosity about an object in my backyard. Hmm… A bit too curious perhaps, so I went outside to see what he found. To my delight he had his nose deep in a bird’s nest. There were no broken shells nearby, so I guessed it had long been abandoned and fallen during heavy winds the night before. I held it in my hand and marveled at it.
Frank Lloyd Wright might be the greatest modern human architect of houses, but to me, nests are the most precious homes ever built.
Recently, my husband, Doug, and I walked to the nearby Starbucks with our dog, Billy. Seated on the patio, we tethered Billy to the leg of a chair and sat back to enjoy coffee, scones, sunshine, and people watching. Billy caught sight of another dog tethered only a few feet away. His leash was long enough for him to approach this new canine friend, but there was one problem—he was standing on his leash. Billy’s plight was out of Doug’s field of vision, so, with a chuckle, I said, “Billy wants to meet that dog, but he’s standing on his leash!”
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