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Reclaiming…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on September 29, 2008 by Whit.

Since I’ve stopped working (outside of my home), I’ve had the opportunity to revisit… or rather, reclaim, some areas of my life that I’ve pushed aside.  I’m excited… and worried… because these are the parts of me that create a lot of waves.  I’ve always been full of passion for a LOT of things.  It’s frustrating because there is so much that I want to accomplish and experience, and I don’t always have the patience to wait long for God to bring those dreams to fruition.

Pregnancy has brought some dormant passions to the surface.  I’ve always been very much of an “attachment” parent.  I was before I even knew what it meant to be an “attachment” or natural parent.  Some of the main focuses of natural parenting are breastfeeding (especially into toddlerhood), babywearing, and cosleeping.  Well with Jack growing older, we are moving away from some of those things.  The desire to have him close at night has been ousted by the fact that he takes up half the bed!  I nursed him until his second birthday, but he naturally weaned himself around the time of the new pregnancy.  I do occasionally still use my ring sling or wrap, but without the right equipment and his overwhelming desire for independence, it’s not necessarily a pleasant experience.  But the thought of having a newborn again brings all of those ideas to the surface.  (I’m already scoping out a new ring sling and pouch– not to mention these three things that I’ve wanted since Jack was little.)

Another dream that God has brought up lately is my love of photography.  I would OH SO LOVE to be able to take great looking pictures of my friends and family.  It would even be fantastic to use that passion as a way to bring in some amount of income for my family.  I’m no pro… but I’d definitely love to work on it. The only problem is that my digital camera is a snap and shoot from the stone age… you know- 2002.  And even it’s broken.  I often wonder, “God, why are you bringing this up now??”  I trust that if it’s his will, he’ll provide the money or the equipment.  I’m a creative spirit to my core… and I would love the opportunity to share that with others.

Some other parts of myself to rediscover:

  • my desire for living simply and sustainably
  • my dream to be mentored spiritually- God willing the right person will come along.
  • my love of great modern design
  • the cloth diapering thing is returning… don’t roll your eyes.
  • the desire to really, really have something to offer.  to be a woman of substance…

These are the things I am focusing on.  I’m praying that my childish “I WANT” doesn’t get in the way of God.  Off to bathe the ‘lil punk.

God is on the move!

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