GABE! It’s 7:18! GABE! It’s 7:18!

Yes, that was me this morning, flying off the pillow, stripping off my clothes, near tears, yelling over and over again, “It’s 7:18! It’s 7:18! It’s 7:18!”

The plan, of course, was to get up at 5:30 and leave at 6:45. And I got up at 7:18. Gabe flew to the gas station and filled up my tank (and got me a jumbo frappuccino unprompted). I showered, dressed, dried my hair, slapped on make-up, brushed my teeth, kissed my people. Nineteen minutes later I was on the road. (Who was praying for me this morning at 7:18 anyway? And why didn’t you start at 5:30?)

I calmed down in the shower, realizing that even though it started at 9, I probably wasn’t scheduled to speak until closer to 10. Also realized that getting up late was probably a gift since I went to bed after 1:00 and was up at 3:00 getting water for a 2-year-old and 4:00 getting water for a 5-year-old. No fevers–praise the Lord!

Hit some traffic heading out of town, but not too bad. My friend Holly called me to tell me she was praying for me (said she figured I was enjoying a leisurely car ride alone–mmm…no.). Jamie returned my call from last night. She didn’t even know I wasn’t in Lima, so my 7:18 thing didn’t mean much to her at first. She laughed, said I could talk about whatever I wanted at MOPS, and I didn’t speak until 10.

I got there at 9:30, ran to the restroom, got settled, decided to speak on sex. God was good. The MOPS girls were fab–just like last year. Fun, encouraging, bought my books. Eleven (!) of them got free ones for filling out the survey. I even had one girl donate $3 to mail a Diapers book to a celebrity. How fun is that?

Went to Jamie’s for lunch. She thought we were heading to Lima, so she hadn’t prepared anything. Except that they had guests cancel Saturday, so she had leftover minestrone and chicken salad. Yum, yum. Jamie and I eat chicken salad every time we’re together. Fine with me!

Jamie had a couple afternoon appts. and I wanted to relieve Gabe, so I left around 1:00 and got home at 2:45.

I’m tired.

I’m so glad you’re liking the book. It’s kind of a letdown though, huh. All that hype, and some of you are finished already. I just can’t write fast enough to keep up with you.

Put together some thoughts for the in-law book last night. Did I mention that I forgot how good your surveys were? I’m going to have some follow-up questions for some of you–that was so long ago, I know some things have changed.

I think that’s it. And I think some breaking of the no-dinner-out rule is in order. Who am I kidding? We’ve broken it 12 times already. I just can barely stand up, let alone cook something. Not that I even have any food to make supper with. Grocery store trip on tonight’s schedule. Right before (try my best to stay awake during) Movie Night with Gabe.

THANK YOU for your prayers and love and words of encouragement. Have I told you lately that I love you?!

p.s. Sophie (girls’ friend and neighbor) is over here playing with Livi and Ava. She came bearing 5 boxes of Girl Scout cookies, so help me. Best $15 I ever spent. Can you say THRILLED I DIDN’T GIVE UP CHOCOLATE/SUGAR/DESSERT FOR LENT?!?

23 thoughts on “GABE! It’s 7:18! GABE! It’s 7:18!

  1. ClutzyButtercup

    You are the one who is an encouragement!  I always get excited when I see that you have blogged again.  There is something refreshing about your commitment to God and your honesty about life.

  2. kkakwright

    i’m making a trip to Ohio to stay with my parents early April.  can i (we) spend a night with you some time?  maybe the evening of the 11th.  i’ll probably catch you on my way back home. 

  3. faithchick

    ^yes, i’m with krista.  i like the big sections of chunks of verses.  it’s a good thing i recently found my 5th grade bookmark collection because i will be bookmarking those pages to refer to over & over & over & over.  the book was like a pep rally for all of us who get overwhelmed and frustrated and tired and sad.  thirllling & wonderful!

    (p.s. i liked the code name! it made me lol.)

  4. kkakwright

    *sigh* i finished the book last night.  now i have nothing that i’m itching to read.  bummer. BUT, it was a great book.  after reading it, i felt like there is hope that i can do it better today than i did it yesterday.  i feel like there is hope that, with Christ, i am actually capable of the task of raising 3 kids.  i feel like my role is immeasurably valuable in the only eyes that matter – God’s.  i feel like it is okay and i’m not the only one who struggles with “loving” my job.  i feel like i need to be more end focused.  i have the end planned but not the means. you know, i know i want my kids to grow and love Christ, to follow His plan, to soften their hearts to Him, to remember that their mom did as best she could to emulate this.   But, in the every day nitty gritty tasks, i’m not really putting enough effort into that.  i will obviously get a different end to with the means i’m using.  i’m too task oriented, i need to be more Christ oriented.  my kids won’t remember that our house was clean, but they will remember seeing their momma read her Bible on a daily basis.  lots to work on…..

    love you lady.  thank you.

  5. ladymiss3739

    Don’t be let down, Marla…I can’t tell you how many “good” books I’ve gotten or own that I’ve tried to start more than once and never got past the first few chapters.  A good book is a good thing!  How many of us sit down and read a book cover to cover?  Go you! 

    And I thought it was ironic reading the Grandparent chapter and you say that maybe it’s for the best that you didn’t get to write the in-law book.  I just smiled and laughed a little b/c now many moons later, you’re reconsidering and lots of us are praying that you will!  Can’t wait to see what happens!

  6. jbnygaard

    I can’t believe they don’t have Girl Scouts in other countries!

    My favorite part of this blog was the line…”I showered, dressed, dried my hair, slapped on make-up, brushed my teeth, kissed my people.”.  Kissed your people….love that! 🙂

    Love you too! I always treasure the time we have together, even if I shoo you out of my house early because my clock wasn’t right! I kicked myself thinking I couldn’t spent a WHOLE NOTHER hour with ya! Bummer. Guess we’ll have to get together soon then! 🙂

  7. filledeparis

    Can’t wait to get my book! I prayed while you were still sleeping–guess I should have continued. Glad that all went well. So if anyone has any extra thin mints, they are most welcome in Paris… 🙂

  8. luvmynoah

    Yeah!!  I got my book today!!  I skim read all of it tonight and will sit and read it word for word the next few days.  I”m glad you made it safely today!  I’m sure you were tired when you finally made it home.  FYI- chicken salad is yummy..sounds like you two have a tradition started. 🙂

    If you need anymore In-law survey’s completed…I’d be happy to help.  It will be interesting to see what all is said on that topic.

    I Hope the girls stay well!!

  9. jennikim

    i prayed for you, but it was after 8 am. glad to hear everything went so well! i was so hopeful walking out to my mailbox today, and was thrilled to see an envelope!!! looked at the first couple pages, but can’t wait to sit back and read, read, read!!!

  10. LinsProv163

    Although we haven’t met, I thought you’d like to know that I just pre-ordered your new book on Barnes & Noble’s website! I’ve read your other two and am a big fan. We are expecting our first baby in June, and so this new topic came at the perfect timing. Keep up the great work!!

  11. Nixter77

    WOW What a day – but sounds like God was guiding even though the later than desired start.

    We don’t get girl scout cookies here – hmph!

    Glad today went so well and turned out great. Love you!

  12. bethelaine

    i girl scout cookies!! fortunately, my favorites are the lemon ones, so i can still eat them, lent and all.

    so glad that things ended up going well for you today! i actually did say a pray for you this morning, sometime around 6:00 (i pray during my morning shower). sorry that i didn’t start just a bit earlier!

    i definitely need to fill out the in-law survey again. things have changed drastically!

    and in response to your question on my site, steve leaves sometime near the end of april… just before our first anniversary. bummer.

  13. tonialynn59

    I hate when that happens but I’m impressed that you got ready and on the road so fast.   Glad too you are home safe and sound.  I LOVE thin mints!  Can’t wait to read your book.  These girls need to stop talking about it.  No, not really.  Glad you enjoyed your time with Jamie!

  14. gsowell

    I hate it when I am up late. Sorry. My prayers this morning were not at 5:30. More like about 7:37. Glad it went well.

    Love the book. Love your ministry. Love Girl Scout cookies (since Sunday our family has eaten a box of Samoas and 1/2 a box of Thin Mints…mmmm). Love you.

  15. YoYoYoder

    Nineteen minutes? I am impressed! Glad God worked everything out in the end!

    I bought some girl scout cookies outside of Wal-Mart on Saturday. Did you buy the Caramel DeLites? I hate coconut (so does Stewart), but we’ve been devouring these cookies!

    I’m over halfway done with your book. Even though I’m not a mom, I’ve been very encouraged by lots of your words. Mainly 2–fears we have when it’s dark and the verses you gave, and how God gave us freedom so we’re not cookie-cutter Christians (leaving no room for judging!).

    And that part about Ava crying about her baby sister! I almost cried when I read it to Stewart! I just love your girls so much!

    I LOVE YOU!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *