When I looked up the origin of the idiom “back in the saddle again” I found it came from exactly where I thought it did, and so it is the perfect title for this blog because I’m BACK! It was originally applied to cowboys and jockeys who were returning to work, riding on their horses again, after taking a break or recovering from an injury. (http://www.thisdayinquotes.com/2010/06/back-in-saddle-again-autry-whitley.html)
While not a cowboy, I am returning to work(ing on my blog) after an extended hiatus due to illness, three family households relocating in two weeks’ time, surgery for my sweetie, a new grandson (read-bed rest pregnancy for my daughter), a child’s heart surgery, the holidays, and life generally exploding… and while my desk chair is more comfortable than sitting atop a horse, it could be considered my saddle.
The good news is that the surgeries went well. The moves are done, and everyone is close to settled and fully unpacked. (The new housing situations are much better, and so worth the nightmare of the last five months!) Mom and baby are doing well, and he’s an absolute joy! The illness still comes and goes, but if that is the worst thing happening….I’m in great shape!
What have I learned?
- I am not, have never been, nor will I ever be “supermom”…and that’s okay.
- Homemade bread is best…for my budget and my health.
- I am surrounded by people who are willing to help at the drop at a hat.
- Who you choose as a realtor makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE!
- My homeschool mom friends are wonderful sanity-savers.
- Teaching children to work at a young age can translate into walls getting painted, boxes getting packed and carried, and order being re-established more quickly. My grandchildren ROCK!
- My grandchildren can handle just about anything when the adults in their lives are happy, and they can find their favorite toys/games.
- We live in an amazing day and age when medical challenges that would have been devastating fifty years ago can be addressed, repaired, and life can resume.
- A written list of priorities can keep your ship from sinking.
- A sense of humor is an absolute must to survive the ups and downs of life!
- Prayer is very real power, and miracles happen everyday!
And so I’m back. With a head full of thoughts, ideas, and new connections made in the last number of months. I hope this finds you and yours blessed, happy, and growing each day!