Taking it All in Stride…

That is me in the back holding the dripping baseball glove.  We were at a party and my son’s glove got thrown into the pool.  Normally, I would panic.  Not only do gloves and water not mix well, but it was about 7pm and he had a game at 9am the next morning.  You see my son’s face in the picture… he was a little apprehensive, too.  I have no idea where he gets it from. 😉

Anyway, back to panic.  Normally, my OCD would take over and my insides would start screaming.  This was an event of which I had no control.  In these situations, my husband usually calms the storm.  He can get riled up, but if he sees me in a “crazy” state, he fixes it, calms my nerves, and everything is ok.  I don’t have that luxury right now.  And yes, I do mean luxury.  Just like I don’t have the luxury of someone carrying the groceries in the house, cleaning the kitchen after I cook, mowing the grass, and on and on.

With some helpful advice from my son’s coach (and our good friend), I was able to dry the glove enough that he could use it.  It did take me an oven, a hair dryer, and a few hours, but I got it done.  He played the next day… even got a home run.  This one I was actually there to see!

I am determined to not stress out during this two-year assignment.  I know that I will at some point, but I’m determined not to let it take over and be a constant emotion.  So far, I’ve done pretty good (other than when I lost my mind – see previous blog).  I do the things I can, when I can.  Right now, my floor is serious need of mopping.  We “get to” leave for practice in 30 minutes.  So, I figured I had time to write… not mop.  I’ve also asked for help when I needed it.  It’s hard for me, but I’m learning that I can.

I don’t know why God has put Ray and I on separate sides of the world for the next two years.  I do know that He has taken care of us so far and His plans are ALWAYS better than mine.  I take each day as it comes and try to find or be a blessing in each one.

“”For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

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