Saturday, August 1, 2009

Treading Water....

Two weeks ago, we were sitting on the beach enjoying the surf and sand. The wind was either blowing through our hair or trying to kill us with whipping sand. The waves were amazing to ride yet as harsh as a cold winter. Laughter was heard more often than complaining. Great food and company abounded.

And now? Reality.

School starts in a few days. Back to schedules, lunch boxes, homework, early mornings, late days, and quick dinners. Toss in soccer practices, travels to China, moving to college, and huge changes at school.

Oh my.

Do I sink or do I swim? Right now, I’m treading water. I can go either way.

Hmmm….sinking. New job at work, lots of additional responsibilities, one leaving for college, scholarships not showing up yet on the account meaning unexpected money out of pocket, yet another teen driver, husband heading out of town for a week, early morning wake-ups, cranky girls who are tired of being together all the time, rainy days (good for us but bad for us too), moody teens, and impatient me.

Or……swimming. New job at work, one I am excited about, a teen truly ready for the challenges college can offer, scholarships credited in time (please!), teenage boy continuing to do okay as a driver (but please fix the attitude), Dave’s quick trip to Fort Stewart (much different than China for weeks….), girls who are excited about returning to school (but I anticipate tears), and overwhelmed me.

So you see….I am treading.

As Dave says, what does not kill us will make us stronger.

I will keep on treading and keeping my head above the water.

I hope……

7 thoughts from friends:

anne and mike said...

We'd be happy to take the double stroller off your hands. As we are trying to economise, we are proud to help you guys recycle. Since we live in Atlanta, we are pretty much close to anything in the Atlanta area and don't mind driving at all. It would be nice to meet you finally anyhow. Let us know the best way to get in touch and thank you so much for the generosity.
Anne and Mike

Jboo said...

Summer vacation went way too fast, didn't it! Hope all goes swimmingly for the whole family. Take care.

Janet

Jill said...

Hang in there girl!! You CAN do this! Summer did go way to fast this year......crazy how time slips away isn't it??
Hugs, Jill

Shari U said...

I'm thinkin that you're gonna keep on treadin. It's sad to see summer come to such an early end and it's even sadder to see your child go off to college. (Even when it's not that far away.) Hang in there, you'll get used to all the changes and hopefully the boy's attitude will improve. I have a teenage boy with a semi-bad attitude, too. Maybe we could trade off for a few days!!

a Tonggu Momma said...

Summer flew by this year! Keep treading - these new changes are huge and wonderful, but stressful at the time. Pretty soon you'll be able to put your feet down.

The Johnson 5 said...

I'm right there with ya girl! The scenarios are a little different but yet OH SO THE SAME!

Were swimming girl, there's no blogging babes sinking here. Because we really we just don't have the time :)

Shari U said...

You've been pretty quiet for awhile. Are you still treading water? Hope your school year is off to a good start.