Timing Is Everything

I’ve said it before (ask my kids) and I’ll say it again (and again): timing is everything!

My husband is retiring — gradually. He plans to work one less day per week in each quarter of 2022. By the end of this year, he should only be working one day a week. But you know how plans go. Work has been crazy and his stress level is rising.

Our retirement plan is to travel around the country in a converted van, visiting National Parks, breweries, wild life sanctuaries, and (if my husband has his way) a few Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives. We bit the bullet at the end of last year and bought a Mercedes Sprinter. Titan Vans in Colorado has been hard at work fitting it with a bed and other amenities. It was supposed to be finished at the end of April. But, since nothing is safe from supply chain woes these days, they’ve been waiting for a single part of a suspension upgrade kit to come in.

Meanwhile, my chorus spent the last few months preparing for our annual regional competition. I say “annual”, but the event was unfortunately cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID concerns. It’s back on this year. But many choruses, including the one I belong to, voted to compete virtually. We planned to record and submit a video package. We set the recording date for May 5. Because of the supply chain issue with the van part, I was able to participate in the video. Timing.

On top of this, one of our adult children is experiencing one of those major life-events that makes you feel like the world is tipping sideways and out of control. This is the second such event in their life in the past six months. I’m glad my husband and I aren’t on the road just yet. Timing.

On another front, my mother has been settling — very slowly — into her new assisted living situation since February. I check on her several times a week to make sure the staff is really doing all that we agreed they’d do. Let’s just say it’s been a learning experience for all involved. My father should be returning from his Florida living at the end of May to join her and also to keep an eye on all the assistance she’s supposed to be getting. That’ll make it easier for me to step back a bit as my husband and I set out on our adventures. Timing.

Spring is in the air and that means gardening and yard work. The strawberries, peas, potatoes, beets, spinach, kale, and lettuce are all coming up already. I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to plant them before we head out to pick up our van. Now to get some netting around the blueberry bushes.Timing.

And we just got word from Titan Vans. The part came in. Timing!

Gratitude Spiral: Day 338

Today, I’m grateful for my son who celebrates his birthday this week.

He was my first-born and so I’m really celebrating the day I became a mother, too. I’m thankful for the reminder to reflect on who I’ve become as a result.

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 283

Today, I’m grateful for my children still asking for my advice or opinion — every once in a while.

They’ve all grown up to be independent adults, but it’s nice to hear from them occasionally. And I’m happy that sometimes they might still need me, too. 😉

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 168

Today, I’m grateful for my first daughter, born on this date more than 30 years ago.

Who could’ve imagined the beautiful, independent woman she’d become! I count her among my greatest blessings. 🙂

Who are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 165

Today, on this Mother’s Day, I’m grateful for my mother’s sewing cabinet.

It’s too big for my mother to bring to her new apartment, so the cabinet, made by my father in 1970, has a new home in my craft room, next to my sewing machine. I’m thankful for it and for all the use my mother got out of it as she made clothes for her five kids.

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 86

Today, I’m grateful for motherhood.

On this 86th day of my Gratitude Spiral, I think back on the year 1986 — the year I became a mother. My life changed dramatically that year. Being a mother is not simply what I am, but it’s now part of the definition of who I am. Despite entering motherhood with blinders on (the way most of us do) and despite all the challenges, I love how it has shaped me. I’m forever thankful for the blessing of motherhood.

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 24

Today, I’m grateful for my children.

Their uniqueness as they travel into adulthood is a wonder to me. Their lives have shaped me by their gifts, their challenges, their struggles, and their dreams. And I’m grateful every day for the gift of each of them.

Who are you grateful for today?