April 19, 2012

Thursday Thoughts

 1. It's strawberry season here in NC and I'm itching to go pick some berries.  There is a huge berry patch just minutes from our new farm, so the sign beckons my name each time we drive past.

2. While doing a little computer spring cleaning, I ran across this photo.  I took this on Grandfather Mountain in October.  Can you imagine? That is one dedicated photographer!
 Guess where I want to take my girls' wedding portraits? {sly grin}

3. I've sort of had (non)buyer's remorse over this:
 I miss these little guys.  Maybe not all the poopies that came with them, but they sure were sweet and fun.  

4. I am having a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that we have 2 weeks until end-of-grade testing (pressure point!!!) and only 5 weeks until the end of the school year.  It tears me up thinking that we already have another year under our belt.   Where is the "freeze time" button??

5. My daughter #2 got an adorable haircut a few weeks ago.  It even looks cute 1st thing in the morning.  I'm so tempted...

6. I had a very rough, emotional Monday.  Do you ever have those days that you feel like you're just not enough?  Not good enough for others.  Not a good enough mom.  Not a good enough daughter.  Not a good enough ....  you know, one of those days.  
My amazingly thoughtful husband called my dear friend on Tuesday morning and begged suggested she kidnap me for a girls night out.  We squeezed it in between lacrosse practice, but it was so good for our souls.  And the crepes were good for our appetites, too.  Thanks, E, for rescuing me and talking me off the ledge of "not good enoughs."

7. Apparently, my emotional Monday freaked my husband out was blubbery enough to incite radical measures, which have included flowers and my favorite meal: shrimp 'n grits.  I'm even meeting a friend for coffee tomorrow night.  What a good husband I have!  He knew I was at my breaking point with the house-on-the-market saga and the emotional toll preteen parenting brings.  

8.  I finally admitted that I'm getting old my eyes aren't quite what they used to be and decided to try some readers.  My sweet dad (who has been telling me that I "might" need them for the past, oh, year) immediately went out and bought some for me.  He even found some cute ones with stripes on the side.  Savvy daddy.  I am realizing, however, that I need to go get a real eye exam, because now that the pollen is gone, stuff is still fuzzy.  Hmm...

It happens to the best of us, right?  ;)


Mom said...

Definitely have the "not good enough mom" days frequently... Sorry you have the "not good enough daughter" days. What a deceiver Satan is!

the bennetts said...

sweet sweet husband. love that he knows what you need, and goes to gets it for you!

i love that you share your heart so openly with your struggles. it's hard to always see so many people who seem to have it all together... so it is absolutely refreshing to see that someone i admire and look up to so much struggles as well. thanks, gretch :)

truth in weakness said...

#5: i've been MEANING to comment on how much i love her new haircut! LOVE IT!
#7: might i suggest not letting him know when your soul starts to settle a bit? i say bring on the radical measures! LOL. ;)
#6 (and yes, i'm going out of order b/c you know i live life on the edge): i'm sorry, gretchen. and we ALL have those days! plenty of them. and you know, His grace is wonderfully, abundantly sufficient for those low days.
i want to share one of my fav. excerpts from one of my fav. books:
"don’t try to be like Him, just look at Him.
just be occupied with Him.
forget about trying to be like Him.
instead of letting that fill your mind and heart, let HIM fill it."

don't you love that?? truth is -- we AREN'T good enough -- but He IS!! our identities are hidden in Christ, not ourselves, w/ makes them safe & secure. don't let the Enemy tell you otherwise, friend. (well, he'll keep tellin' us -- but Christ has already won that battle.) :)

love & hugs to you, sweet friend!

Tracey said...

You are rockin' the readers! I'm still in denial...but the day is getting closer. (of course, you could come hang out over here..I'm certain the pollen is still really, really bad. ;) )

the "not enoughs"?? It's a lie. But it's a lie we ALL believe at our weakest moments. Love you.

Kellie said...

Feeling like you are not enough... yes, been there often. I think I fight it daily to some extent or another. As many have spoken above, it is a lie from Satan. We are who we are through Christ and THAT is enough. We just have to keep grasping for him instead of the feelings.

Love the glasses. I am not looking forward to my needs changing, but thankfully I am so far the other way it may take me a bit longer to go there. hahah!