Just don’t Die: An Update, A Theme Song and a Shout Out to Survival Mode

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This is a scene from our Sunday morning breakfast counter. In case you need me to break it down for you: That’s french toast, next to a bottle of wallpaper remover and a hand held paint cup we use for cutting in.

Shall we go over a list of things that were driving me nuts at the moment I snapped this picture?

1) Those chemicals are far too close to our food, we’re all going to get cancer from this breakfast. Why ARE THEY SHARING THE SAME SPACE?
2) We try to eat grain free, in theory, lately with all the stress we just eat all the grainy gluten we can get our hands on…. topped with sugar, because I’m pregnant and the rest of my family has a child’s palate.
3) That french toast and the time to I took to take this picture made us horribly late for church, not even our church, but a church visit in which Kel was speaking.

This is life right now, it’s just normal next to chaos, both fighting to share the spotlight.

Moving has been extra hard on me, I’m very sensitive to lack of routine and chaos. When you pair this with the end of the preschool school year it means that all my organization is in a box somewhere and all of my “me time” to catch up on writing time is gone.

For years I’ve beaten myself up and told myself to go with the flow a bit more, always wondering why I couldn’t be one of those laid back people who could roll with whatever and be really and truly cool with it.

I give up, I am not one of those laid back people who can thrive in chaos, so I may as well work with what I have, with who I am.

There is no use in trying to live your own life wishing you had someone else’s skill set. It’s far more helpful to navigate your life in light of who you actually are.

And right now I am a Highly Sensitive, ENFJ in survival mode: pregnant, in the midst moving into a new house that we’re tweaking, helping plant a church in the midst of summer (meaning the kids and I are spending most every day together, leaving me precious little time and energy to tackle projects.)

This is not my optimal setup, this is not my wheelhouse. And that’s okay.

Survival Mode, I make peace with you, this is not life forever but it is life for now, things are going to be mixed up and chaotic.

I have adopted this new theme song, that has always made me smile in the midst of chaos and survival living.

Watch this video, because Seinfeld always says it better

“Just don’t die, don’t die, don’t die, don’t die
There’s a fish, there’s a rock, who cares, don’t die. 
I don’t wanna die, don’t let me die
Let’s swim and breathe and live,
cause living is good and dying, not as good.”

It’s sort of the grown up version of Finding Nemo’s “Just keep swimming.”

Things are crazy right now.
Yes I am blessed, but these circumstances are overwhelming.
And that’s okay, I am who God created me to be, navigating it as best I can.

And right now my best life looks like this:

1) We have everything we need to function, No, the house doesn’t look like I’d love it to, but freaking out will only make us all miserable so I’m going to try to avoid that.
2) Kel is already overloaded at work and overloading him at home will also only make him… and then all of us… miserable. So we go at a pace that includes rest and breaks, even though this takes longer we all come out feeling alive and far less burned out on it all. None of us are machines.
3) I prayed for this house, these children and the ability to be home with them, yes it’s hard, but these answered prayers oughtn’t be thrown away.
4) I’m pregnant and even though I am in my second trimester, my energy level isn’t where it usually would be, a perfect playroom and living room isn’t worth an unhealthy pregnancy. ‘Nuff said.

There’s more, I’m sure, but this is the gist of it.

And if all this fails (and sometimes it does) I think of my dear friend’s new daughter, a beautiful little five year in Ethiopia, who they are in the process of adopting.

She is in an orphanage with developmental delays, most of which are a result of an rough childhood.

These is truly hard, truly tough, truly overwhelming circumstances and her story never fails to bring tears to my eyes and to remind me that the color of my cabinets is meaningless in the light of what is truly important to the human heart.

Unconditional Love, acceptance and safety.

Selah and Amen.

Oh and if you would like to donate anything at all to help the O’Neal family bring their daughter home, please click here to donate.

You will likely be hearing more about this little girl in the weeks to come, please continue to pray for her and this sweet family as they prepare to welcome her home. 

Does transition overwhelm you? What have you learned about yourself in seasons such as these? 

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  • http://simply-rea.blogspot.com Rea

    I realized a few years ago that transition absolutely overwhelms me. I used to yell at myself for getting so overwhelmed by ‘stupid little’ things. I’m trying to have more grace for myself lately. Yesterday we had our house re-shingled. After several hours of it sounding as if I was hosting the cast of Riverdance on my roof, I was ready to crack. Snapping at my kids. Headache. Ready to curl in a ball and weep. (Add to that, finding out I was losing the last of my work-at-home job this week, plus my first week transitioning into my first very part-time outside the home job in 7 years.) I finally popped my headphones on and just chilled on the couch with a book for a bit because I needed something soothing. It’s a process. I’m still learning how to help myself cope without saying ‘but SO AND SO would think this was NOTHING!’
    Praying that you can hang in there in Survival Mode for as long as you need to. :)

    • http://www.leannepenny.com Leanne Penny

      Thank you so much dear Rea. Similar prayers for you as you transition with work stuff. I think re-roofing would drive me batty as well.

  • http://www.addingaburden.com/ Jill – addingaburden.com

    You are so awesome to search for the positive in the midst of your chaos! I also get overwhelmed with transition (does anyone NOT??)! You have to find ways to laugh in order to keep your sanity!! Personally I’m still laughing over you pulling out a child’s shoe, wooden block, and one other random piece of paraphernalia from the play dough drawer and muttering, “These all go in like… 12 different places.” Hahahaha. Yep. It will all get done! One step at a time!! You are rocking the move!!

    • http://www.leannepenny.com Leanne Penny

      Ha! Seriously Jill, situations like that are daily. Thanks for your amusement.

  • http://dontstopbelieving.me/ Brenda W.

    I would be going nuts under these circumstances too. I’m so sorry!!

    Oh and I know that Seinfeld routine very well. Classic.

  • http://www.happilytickedoff.com Andrea Frazer

    Thinking of you and praying for you. Hope life is better this week.