We have been in Victoria for almost 4 weeks, and I am just beginning to have the fog lifted from my brain. Wow, I forgot how much a move takes out of you physically (we were the movers), mentally, and spiritually! It was a much different move for me than the last one, but feeling all the same crazy mixed emotions. I had high hopes that every box would be unpacked by now, that I would somehow be ready for out of town visitors and the biggest pipe dream, that my kids would be adjusted, on a schedule and loving their new life in Victoria. I'm 0 for 3 at the moment, and guess what? It's okay. It's really going to be okay. At least that's what my friend Mollie keeps telling me so I taking it as truth. Mollie is my new pastor's wife, who I've just so happened to be friends with since my early twenties and our husbands have been best friends since their early grade school days. She is an absolute treasure! She has been through a move or two, and gave me a book that (along with a huge dose of God's grace and mercy) is going to get me through this transition. Here it is so you can go buy a copy for your friend who has just moved, a friend that talks about wishing she were back where she previously lived, or someone who a move in their future. A must read for sure!
Since I'm already in a state of emotional distress, I figured, "Why not take on the biggest challenge of my life I've been meaning to tackle...My weight!" I can already hear you now. "Now? Don't put that pressure on yourself." Or maybe, "You are gonna need that chocolate to help with the bad days." Nope guys, this has been on my heart for about the last 8 years and I really don't need to let my emotions turn to food. I love to bake, and I love to eat what I bake, so unless I want to invest in a whole new wardrobe of bigger clothes, I need to get a handle on this situation. Beginning last week, I started reading Lysa Terkeurst's book "Made to Crave." Wow, love it! I don't know that I've really ever let God rule my cravings and my food intake. So far, I am doing well. My plan hasn't been defined yet, other than I gave up sweets. I have been tempted approximately 6 times in 6 days...birthday cake for my niece, beignets made by the hubby, sis-in-law's dr. pepper cake, and the list goes on. However, I am learning that I am made for more than this. Taking each craving to God through prayer, is working! I also joined an all women's gym which has a fabulous group of Zumba instructors to help me workout the way I love to. That is a huge blessing and special prayer request that was filled. I hope to report some great results to you by the summer, and possibly fit into my favorite pair of jeans I'm going to buy myself when I reach my goal...which shall remain a secret unless you join my Made to Crave secret club. LOL, just teasing.
That's about it, because if I start sharing other things like how my kids are falling into deep depression from being friendless and spending hours upon hours painting their nails, playing computer games, and making videos of themselves singing Justin Beiber songs, I might lose it. So I'm going to stay positive and remember that a few weeks off of school isn't going to kill them, we have a plan, they are going to cherish these memories of time together and we will survive this thing called "Moving Affective Disorder" that Susan Miller speaks of in her book. Most of all, I am a Pink Carnation, and one day soon...I will bloom where God has planted me!