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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Take the Moment

I’m not going to lie to you. Trying to balance a recent kitchen renovation, Sweet Guy’s last week of school, my own grueling school schedule all while hosting house guests for two weeks just about did me in.

First and foremost the Friday evening before I was set to start four online summer college classes a women who was not my regular school advisor made the determination that I was in two classes that I shouldn’t be and sent me an email letting me know she had removed me from the classes. I guess she hadn’t looked into the fact that I had received special permission to take the required classes which are only offered once a year because I was set to graduate before they would be offered again. Since I had to wait an entire weekend before I could call on Monday I guess you can imagine what happened. Some other student saw the openings and enrolled themselves in the one seat available left in each the class. After many hours of pleading my case I was only able to be re enrolled into just one of the classes. This means that the 2016 springtime graduation date I was clinging to is no longer an option. Because of ONE class.

For probably the 100th time since my college career began I just wanted to chuck it all. Thankfully, Mr. Décor had a similar story from the vaults of his college journey towards a Master’s degree so he talked me down off of the ledge.

But it sure is hard as heck to keep a smile on for guests while a lifelong dream is once again postponed.

I had to be content with this notion:

"God is with you, and He'll help you make spiritual progress--strengthening and encouraging you to keep on keeping on during rough times. IT'S EASY TO QUIT, BUT IT TAKES FAITH TO PRESS ON TO VICTORY." ~ Joyce Meyer

Then there was the kitchen renovation. UGH! One would think that a Corian countertop with a white subway tile backsplash would be one of the easiest installations there is. But it was a case of “Everything than can go wrong…” It got to the point that when the people at the big box orange home improvement store would see me walk in they would just start apologizing. It took three separate hour long visits in one week to sort their errors out. I couldn’t put it off because I had happily agreed to a Summer Home Tour with a definite date.  As it stands there is still a large gap all around the countertop near the range. This is because the real brick wall needs to be grouted versus just a bead of silicone added and somehow no one seems to know how to do that. Well, Mr. Décor knows how to do that but given that we paid a good sum of money to the big box people it’s the principle of digging in our heels and making sure they keep their promise  of “Yes, of course we can install a countertop there.”

But again, all of this was going on during the time our houseguests were here. #smile plastered on my face

countertop 002

It would have been so easy to just focus on on the stress which was occurring and miss out on lovely memory filled moments.

Truthfully, I had to force myself on a few occasions to “let it go”. I’m so glad I did. Days to remember occurred because of it.

Dallas Arboretum 069

Of course like millions of other moms I am now trying to balance life now that Sweet Guy is home on summer vacation. I’m one of those mean mom who doesn’t let my kid play on the XBOX all day. He has a schedule with required reading, chores, working on Boy Scout merit badges and a little thing called “Culture Filled Friday”. I received a really big eye roll for this last one. But we made it to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science last Friday. SURPRISE! He actually had a good time.

I viewed this video yesterday and it just reinforced the notion to “Take the Moment”.

Time is precious.


“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” ~ Psalm 90:12


Auntie Em said...

First off, Nasty Lady who Cancelled Your Classes' should be made to apologize and give you back your seats! No ifs, ands, or buts about it!!! You need the Suzanne Sugarbaker attitude and go with with an ' EXCUSE ME...!!!' and get your seats back.
What are renovations without a few hiccups? I don't think there have been any around our house yet and I don't imagine too many others either. ('This Old House' is actually a fairy tale of the biggest sort!)
How nice to hear you let things go and enjoyed your company. The memories are worth more in the big picture. And they will have lots of fun stories to do the 'Remember when...' bit with when you get together again.
I am sure Sweet Guy loves the time he spends with you but be sure he has some un-scheduled time to goof off and make some good memories of summer fun on his own. The ones he can laugh about with his friends at reunions and talk about the 'Remember when...' stores of his own.
Enjoy your summer and your beautiful home with your lovely family! :)

Kelley said...

*delete* Exasperating to the nth degree x 18.....

Summer fun and memories.

Loved the little film.


Stacey said...

Laura, just throwing this idea out there...when I was set to graduate, I came up one class short also. I was offered an Independent Study equal to 3 credit hours. Basically, I did research on something and wrote a big paper. Maybe you could ask for something like that.

Hang in there girl! Life is like that.

ellen b. said...

Glad Mr. Decor stood in the gap with encouragement for you to keep going. We are in a different stage of life with all our children on their own. By the end of June all will be married. And during the wedding time we will have extended family with us for a days before and after the wedding. It really takes some planning and thinking. Hang in there. My Dear is going to be taking over renovations of our son and dil's kitchen after the footings to support a beam are put into their home so they can go to an open concept. That should be an education for sure. When our son got the $79,000 bid to renovate the kitchen and redo the wood floors there was no way they would go with it. They don't own a mansion that could support an expensive renovation like that.

Lorrie said...

Oh, how disappointing. You will get through this, with God's help. I'm going back to look at all the posts I've missed while away. I only had my phone with me and that was limiting. A good thing because I didn't want to spend too much time on line while there was so much to see and do.
You might be interested to know that I just put up a post with more photos of Green Gables. It was such a wonderful place to visit.

Karena Albert said...

Laura, life seems to send us these little roadblocks and challenges all of the time. I am so sorry about your class.
The thrill for me is seeing you spend culture filled Fridays with your amazing son!!

The Arts by Karena

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my goodness, you do seem to have more to juggle than anyone I know. Hang tough, it will happen.

Rue said...

That video... I'd claim I was cutting onions, but I'd be lying. So touching.

I'm sorry about your classes. I know that had to be a tough pill to swallow...