nine things on my monday mind

I feel awfully overwhelmed right now and crave the semblance of order that a list will hopefully bring.

So. Here’s what’s on my mind and plate:

1. Gabe should be home from his NASCAR weekend around midnight (I’m writing this Sunday night at 9pm). He and his dad had a blast. He starts his new job tomorrow morning. He’s going to be tired but wired. We’re super thankful for this opportunity. God is good.

2. I had a wonderful weekend in Lima, OH with my wonderful mother-in-law (and bro-in-law and sis-in-law too). We each had a booth at a women’s retreat (Janelle–Africa, Tug and Angie–Will Rock 4 Food, Me–my books). I met some amazing women and reconnected with so many friends and acquaintances I’ve met through Gabe and his fam.

Kelly Minter was the speaker (she spoke on the book of Ruth), and she was phenomenal. Totally inspiring, and God reeeeeally spoke to my heart through her words and His.

3. Soccer starts this week. Gabe is coaching Livi’s team again. I don’t know how he’s going to make this work with his new job and all the websites he has to finish up. It’s our last season before daughter #3 begins her soccer career. Help.

4. Later on in the week, Gabe and I are heading in different directions again–he’s off to San Jose, and I’m back in Michigan. I can tell you this without fear that you will rob our house while we’re away. First of all, our neighbors are very vigilant and quite protective of us. And one has a HUGE dog, one a BIG gun. Besides, the only things of value (to anyone but us) in our home are our laptops (well, Gabe’s anyway–mine’s worthless) and our children, but those will be with us.

5. I just had a freak-out moment this weekend. I was thinking I had until April 15 to get all our tax stuff ready. Then I realized that I have to get it to our accountant a couple weeks before that. Another good thing about Gabe getting a job. It will cut down on our self-employment paperwork considerably.

6. A friend of mine went for her 16-week ultrasound this week. They hadn’t told many people they were expecting, because they’ve lost seven babies. SEVEN. All at different stages of pregnancy, but usually around 10-14 weeks. The doctor couldn’t find a heartbeat. The baby was gone. Please pray for them. I know God loves them and has a perfect plan for them, but I don’t know how you go on when you’ve lost eight babies. My heart is just breaking for them.

7. And please keep praying for little Faith. If you haven’t seen her photo shoot, it’s amazing. If you have a moment, please leave a comment and tell her she’s beautiful. It broke my heart in two to hear that she can hardly look in a mirror because she thinks she’s fat.

8. And would you pray for me that I’ll put my trust fully in God the next few days/weeks? Details are personal, but there are some things piled up that I keep thinking are just too big for God to handle, to hard for Him to work out in a timely manner. Please pray that I’ll get knocked upside the head and remember that NOTHING is too hard for my God. Thank you.

9. I’m just so thankful for each one of you. I love getting to journey through life with so many wonderful people. Thank you for being such a special part of my life.

15 thoughts on “nine things on my monday mind

  1. Kimberly

    Praying for you and Faith and that precious mama. 8?? I’m glad God is big enough for me to cry out that I don’t get that! He is Lord, but that is so hard!

  2. Cindy

    Jealous about #2 – would love to hear Kelly Minter speak.
    NOT jealous about #s3 & 4
    Empathize with #5…mine are in…at least to the CPA
    Praying for/about #s 6, 7, & 8.
    And…I love you back.

  3. Gretchen

    Marla, thanks for sharing your “heavies” & your “have-tos”. I’ll say a prayer for you right now. Hugs!

  4. amber

    I’m SO far behind on my post reading. UGH.

    But I just wanted to let you know that I’m oh.so.thankful that Jesus brought us together.

    Love you muchly, sweet friend.

  5. Valerie

    Thanks, love. At this point I have no idea how we’re going to deal with this…. I suppose the same way we’ve dealt with infertility. Just blindly putting one foot in front of the other and hoping that eventually something goes right. I can’t even begin to explain the hurt….all I’ve ever wanted/asked for was to be a mom and it looks like things aren’t going to end up like that. It’d be easier to cope if I had strong faith to lean on like you do but, I don’t… mine’s shaky at best at this point. I feel like I’m broken and I look absolutely horrible but, you’ll see that first hand tomorrow.

    Thanks for being a friend, for loving me, and praying for us…it means a lot to me.

  6. Bethany

    Praying for your friends who’ve lost baby #8 now….just cannot imagine the pain.
    Also praying peace and strength for you dear one. Our God is mighty! If you’d be so sweet as to pray for me too…need to move soon and worried about it…lot’s of specifics related to it that tend to cause me to fall into a pit of fear.
    Blessings to you today!

  7. Heledd

    Hi, hope you don’t mind me reading and commenting even though you don’t know me! (I did email once about one of your books! ) Just SO sad about your friends – having lost one baby too I cannot imagine their heartbreak and the strength it takes to keep going. Praying for them.

  8. meghan @ spicy magnolia

    Oh, sister, I’ve missed you, too! And I’m so thankful for you as well. You sure have a lot on your plate, a lot of things to do as well as a lot of emotional things tugging at your heart right now. Peace of the Lord be with you. He loves you so much. I hope Gabe’s first day of work goes well; can’t wait to hear about it! Love to you!

  9. Erin R

    Wow, thats sad about your friends that lost the baby. I will be praying. I don’t know the loss of 7 but I do know the loss of one. That alone is enough.

    I NEED to find a time to come by and get those books from you. We’ve just been so busy. We’re in Indy till Monday evening…let me know when you’ll be around and I can stop by.

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