Tag Archives | busy

Do women have an on/off switch for our busy brains?

As women, we carry so much. And not physically, though I’ve carried my share of babies, toddlers, hurting kids, etc. I’m talking about what’s inside our brains. Pretty much chaotic craziness. I truly don’t know how my hubby would survive without me. I hold so much in my database–bank statements, shot schedules, household chores, what’s for dinner, who needs to be ferried where and when, grocery lists, car maintenance schedules, clothes the kids need . . .

I’m tired writing it all down. (more…)

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Speaking Vs. Busy Family

I love to speak. Love to share what Jesus is doing in my heart and life. There was a time when I aggressively pursued speaking engagements, believing them to be my pathway to more book sales. While speaking is probably the best way to sell books, I soon got overwhelmed with travel and preparations. As a result, I’ve let go a bit.

Why? First because God has slowed me down, thankfully. (more…)

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Learning to de-busy-fy

On vacation, I did a lot of thinking, praying, thinking, reading, and talking. I’ve been a bit worried about my pace of life, and I despaired that I had to bring work with me on my vacation. Yep, I even brought my crackberry, much to the chagrin of my kids who see my need for rest. All I really want is simplicity.

It seems obvious that I should’ve rested…

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Got writing resolutions?

Hop on over to The Master’s Artist for a lengthy (but readable) list on ways to keep up your resolutions for 2009. You can read it here.

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Interview on Novel Journey

Tuesday I’ll be interviewed over at Novel Journey about Watching the Tree Limbs. It releases this week…Wednesday, March 15th. Gina does a great interview, so stop on by and enjoy. This week I share the interview space with Walter Wangerin. Wow! Everyone needs to read The Book of the Dun Cow. Truly!

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Smoking Car, Barfing Boy, Good God

Our first few days of vacation have been eventful, to say the least. It started by a rousing round of carsickness by Aidan who threw up many, many times. Julia felt sick too. And during that entire time, our car smoked. (Not like an addicted smoker, but you get the picture). Turns out, by God’s grace, we figured out that the smoking was our EXHAUST which was leaking into the car on Aidan and Julia’s side. Thankfully, they are fine…

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I got an article assignment this morning—1800 words—to turn around in a week. That would be fine, if I didn’t have a chapter to write, a novel to plow through, children to feed, a church to plant, toilets to clean, and a cough to get rid of.

So, what did I do? I forsook going to the MEDITERRANEAN SEA (yep, you read that right) so I could stay home and write about instilling core beliefs in my children. So, my cute children are frolicking in the sea (yes, I make my girls wear tops—we’re not THAT…

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Welcome to relevantblog!

Now that I’m in France and I no longer have a weekly newspaper column, I wanted to create an avenue where I am writing on a deadline. Since my friend Jeanne has a great blog, I knew that to be part of the way-cool gang, I’d have to set up a blog.

So, now I’m way-cool and I’m not quite sure what to say. I always wanted to be part of the cool culture of high school, chatting aimlessly with cheerleaders about the latest Teen magazine buzz. Really, though, I ended up being a sort of…

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