Forced Write-irement

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I have been PRAYING for time to write during the last few weeks. We’ve got a lot going on.

  1. We decided to buy out the rest of the siblings and move to Dad’s place. This means

    • We need to downsize, as the house is smaller (although we plan to add on)
    • We must quickly finish all home improvement projects
    • We have to have our current house market-ready ASAP before the Spring House Rush begins
  2. Our Boy had the flu for four days. The expelling-a-demonic-force-from-your-gut version. This means

    • He called me to his room every fifteen minutes to ask if he were dying
    • He called me to his room every thirty minutes to confirm his time of death
    • I got nothing done for a week (spent Friday recovering from no sleep)
  3. Hubby and I spent an entire day rolling around in the crawl space under the house (looking like Mars explorers in Tyvek suits and respirators) to replace the insulation and vapor barrier. This means

    • We did not walk upright for almost 8 hours
    • I spent three days walking around like an old lady
    • I finally realized I am no longer seventeen
  4. Hubby got laid off after almost 20 year with the same firm. This means

    • We have to figure out insurance
    • We found out his insane work ethic and sense of humor have won him a ton of friends and supporters; he received literally hundreds of supportive texts, email messages and phone calls
    • He suddenly has time to work on the house
  5. I was sick three days ago, then had a fever relapse today. This means

    • Hubby has been Mr. Mom (and he’s done a fabulous job)
    • The kids have had to take more responsibility (and have done a fabulous job)
    • I completely lost my voice and spent the entire day in a chair writing and looking at the river at my aunt’s house (voice loss: not so fabulous; river: fabulous)


So, here’s the good news: my prayer was answered and I had time to write today, because with a fever and the inability to talk, I can’t do much else. (Post scheduled for tomorrow.)

This is what you callΒ “Forced Write-irement.”

More good news: Our Boy is fully recovered and is up to most ofΒ his old shenanigans, but he also got it in his head that the flu might have been punishment for his behavior the last few months, so he’s been watching himself.

This may be my fault. Every time he asked if he might be dying, he also asked, “WHHHHHHHHHYYYYYYYYY is this happening? What have I EVER DONE to DESERVE this????” At some point, running on three hours’ sleep, I maaaaaay have responded, “Well, think through the last eight weeks. How much of that was spent on good behavior?” He didn’t ask me about it again…

Even more good news: if all goes as planned, Hubby already has another job lined up, and they’re willing to wait a couple weeks on the start date, so he’ll have time to work on the house.

It’s been busy and I’m exhausted…but God is good.

ALL the time.

Oh, and did I mention I’m thinking about writing a non-fiction bit about working with trauma kids? In case I get bored.


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Posted on March 25, 2017, in Adoption and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. So glad things seem on the up – if terrifically busy and tumultuous! All the best for your big new future πŸ™‚

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    • Yeah, so…I haven’t written a word this month until tonight. πŸ™‚ Ah, well.

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      • You do have a lot on your plate! All you can do is your best πŸ™‚

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        • Baby steps…getting back to blogging. I’m not going to get to the book at this point. Maybe this summer. πŸ™‚

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          • All you can do is what you can do. All the best for improved circumstances – and time to write! πŸ™‚

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            • TODAY! I get to write today. Happy. πŸ™‚ You’ve been fairly prolific lately! How is the novel coming?

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              • Probab;y too prolific on here – should prise myself away … Finished the WIP I was writing, just waiting for my alpha reader to give me some feedback before I revisit it. Not sure what to do about my YA novel still, whther to rewrite or consign it to unpublished but great writing practice


                • I loved the part I read, for sure! I still think you should start with that one scene, but hey, I’ve never been published, so you don’t have to listen to me. πŸ˜‰ So, if you’ve finished it, can I read it so I know how it ends? Or you could post it as a serial on your blog…pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze…Either works for me, as long as I get to see how it ends. πŸ™‚

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                  • Ah, thank you πŸ™‚ As you can tell I’m still unsure whether to push to get it published or to put it to sleep for good. It’s kind of finished, but no doubt needs yet another rewrite! I’ll have to take another look and see if it’s fit for sharing πŸ™‚ Thanks for the encouragement, Casey. How’s your own writing going? You’ve had such a lot to deal with over the last year, no doubt other things have been the priority. But it’s a good story – always remember that – and worth persuing when you get the chance πŸ™‚ x


  2. I want to like this but illness and layoff keeps me from doing so. You are amazing in display of your faith and attitude. God is good! ALL THE TIME. Wishing the best.

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