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Looking for focus

img_20161201_014159I’ve done a lot of writing this year… I’ve just failed to complete most of it. My blog’s post feed has had many drafts never see the light of day, most eventually just getting deleted.

The reason for that is that I feel like I have been lacking focus on all of those posts. My mind running around in twenty different directions, wanting to write about every little nuance of a train of thought… only to get derailed and frustrated. Scared of the comments I’ll get.

2016 has been an interesting year, full of ups, downs and plenty of straight stretches of just keep on, keepin’ on. And as we enter the last month of the year, I find myself needing to focus on so many little tasks I’ve let just ride through the year. My to do list of things I’d like to get done before Christmas is a little overwhelming.

But, my mom told me about how at mass this last weekend, the emphasis was on it being the season of Advent. We are in a time of preparation. And a great way for me to prepare for Christmas is to get all these things off my back that I’ve just procrastinated handling. All these things that are subconsciously holding me back from enjoying the season.

One thing that’s weighed on my mind, though, is how I’ve neglected this blog. My goal for December is to post EVERY day in preparation for Christmas. Some days it may only be a photo or two. Other days, maybe I’ll take my chances and be more candid than normal on my thoughts about the world. Who knows. But I want to write. I need to write.

Last night, I watched the special movie Christmas of Many Colors and I bawled though the end of it. I couldn’t begin to tell you how badly I needed to see that. I was literally doing the ugly crying thing at the end. Pretty sure that had my husband been home, I’d have scared him.

Understand, being married to a man who is working with the touring industry — be in when he’s playing music or driving bus — December (and January, and February, and often March) is a scary time. The touring just stops, and so does our bread and butter. But somehow, someway, over the last 10 years we’ve pulled through. Sometimes its been just relying on friends and family to help us. Other times it comes out of the blue, and we can make our mortgage and put food on our table. Yet the start of every December, this stress creeps up. How are we going to do this again?

We will get through this winter once again. One way or another it’ll happen. We always do. Some people would call it luck. Others would just call it good networking. I choose to call it faith that He will provide. And I will be ready to accept any gift he gives us to get us through the winter.

I love my front porch

20160926_112647-01Two years ago, when we moved into our house, we quickly found our favorite thing to do every day: start the day with coffee on the front porch. I remember the first night in our new home, I got up and went to Panera for bagels and coffee. We enjoyed them on our porch, and the tradition began.

Summer and winter puts a damper on our front porch time, but spring and fall are perfect. It just sets my mood and day off right when I sip coffee with my husband and we watch the cars pass. We plot out our day. Maybe we will look at Facebook and Twitter until our phones are dead. Or like today, I’ll grab my laptop and get a little work done.

I love my front porch. I had no idea how much I would love it when we bought our house, but its become one of my top five features… if not my absolute favorite.

We need to paint the railings, which is on the to do list this week. I’d love to install a ceiling fan, so maybe we could use it a little more in the summer. And we should probably reseal the concrete soon. But its all part of being a homeowner, and taking care of what you have. Taking care of your home.

I love the memories we’ve already made on our front porch… and I look forward to years of more memories. One cup of coffee at a time.