This is a blog of things that matter to me. I'm a wife, a mom, a homeschooler, a woman of faith, a soon-to-be summer camp owner, a cookie baker, a designer, a gardener, a hostess....and so very blessed!
Friday, September 18, 2015
Bon Voyage or NOT!
ever calm down? Well, I kinda sorta thought this would be my weekend. I'm on a
plane headed for LA to set sail on a weekend cruise with my husband and the
adults in his family. Such fun, right? I had grand plans to get my hair done
and toes painted but that didn't happen on accounting of fighting a cold (and
my nerves, which always get in the way when leaving my children). Of course I
had a few other things to catch up on before leaving: laundry, grocery
shopping, church assignments, school assignments...you know, all of that busy
So all that's
done...will I be able to find the calm I'm desperately seeking? Apparently NOT.
Aside from still fighting my nerves (darn nerves), I just heard somebody
talking about a Tsunami advisory off the coast of California! Okay, that has to
be a joke! Nope, sure enough; there was an 8.3 earthquake somewhere in the
ocean and now a threat of a tsunami on the California coast. Can this really be
happening? That is so NOT calming!
coincidence, you tell me, that as I sit here in the smooth air over Oklahoma (I
think), and read this timely quote in a book about one of my favorite females
ever, Abigail Adams. This quote is in reference to Abigail's sea voyage from
America to Europe to see her husband after four long years of separation,
"Far worse than the storm was the dead calm they encountered several days
later, during which the ship idled motionless with not a breath of wind to fill
the sails. The enforced stillness made Abigail philosophical. 'I begin to think
that a calm is not desirable in any situation in life. Every object is most
beautiful in motion, a ship under sail, trees gently agitated with the wind, and a fine woman dancing...man was made for
profound statement and I believe it's true. When do I feel most beautiful? When
do I feel of greatest worth? When do I feel the most satisfied and contented?
When I am doing! When I am serving; whether in my home, at church,
or otherwise. Abigail is right, the calm is not desirable. It actually seems
pretty boring, now that I think about it. "In motion" is where I want
would have been nice. And maybe a few days of peace, quiet, and adult-time
would have been enjoyable. But I am convinced that the storms of life are what
keeps life interesting and reveal true beauty. Who wants to read a book
(uninterrupted), poolside on the Lido deck, sipping frozen lemonade anyway? Not
me...well, on second thought, DARN!