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Simplify :: Waiting

Spending our days wading/waiting

**Post by guest blogger Gretchen Kingsley**

I must admit. I’m not happy to be writing this blog post.

I’d rather be experiencing that deep pain but actually knowing my little one will SOON be here. But rather, I feel great. I think being overdue (and quickly becoming WAY overdue) is the only time when you’d rather not feel so great.

As the days have passed one after the other, I’ve lost much interest in being productive in any sense of the word. Making supper is the most productive thing that I do each day and even that’s a challenge. Each day, I wake up *hoping* that this will be the day that I won’t have to make supper. Let’s just say that we probably don’t want to relive the past week and a half in terms of food.

Nothing spectacular. Nothing spectacular at all.

I have taken advantage of spending these last several weeks (why do I think that since others have their babies early that I may too?) spending LOTS of quality time with my dear little Isa. Once “Little One” comes it will never again be just Isa and I. Life will never be the same. So, I’m taking full advantage of this time and not feeling guilty for not doing all those other things that I normally feel like I should to be doing.

Unfortunately, I have no pictures. My camera’s packed. And who really wants to stop to take pictures when you’re chasing your little one around?

We’ve spent our mornings:

  1. With friends

  2. At different parks around the city

  3. On walks

  4. Discovering the thrill of rocks and sticks

  5. Having dance parties in the kitchen with Raffi

  6. Swimming

  7. Visiting all the farm animals at our local 4-H fair

  8. Meeting new friends at the library

And our afternoons:

  1. Playing in the sand box

  2. Blowing bubbles

  3. Walking to pick up Chris from work

  4. Chasing our dog around the dining room table

  5. Munching veggies straight out of the garden

  6. Watching the Olympics (Anything with a ball gets the attention of my little one!)

We all have these times of waiting. It’s not always the same circumstances (waiting for a baby) but we all experience those times when the waiting seems to go on and on and on. It’s so easy to become frustrated during these times. And if you are anything like me, you’ll try to control the situation and take things into your own hands. Let me save you all the time and energy and tell you that it doesn’t work. You HAVE to wait. When it’s time, it will be time.

Learn to Simplify Your Waiting:

  1. Prepare early. Do the things that NEED to be done first. This allows you to either enjoy your “leftover” time or do those things that aren’t necessary but you still want to do.

  2. Don’t fight it. Again, when it’s time, it will happen.

  3. Enjoy the time. It’s so easy to get caught up in how things will be in the future. We are future-driven people. Learn to live in the moment.

  4. Give yourself grace. Do what needs to be done but if you can’t do everything that you normally do, let it go.


this post was linked to Titus 2 Tuesdays at Cornerstone Confessions,  Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways at Frugally Sustainable, WLWW at Women Living Well, Your Green Resource at Live Renewed, Simple Live Thursday at GNOWFGLINS

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