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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Three Simple Words

Not long ago a fad swept the nation. Someone started it on You Tube, I believe. It was a simple idea: people holding up signs consisting of 3 words that summarized their life or that moment in their life. Some were joyful, some were sad, others expressed confusion or anger.

I was thinking of those 3-word-concepts today, and mine hit me. Time Slipping By. Maybe it's my boys' ages, but this is a busy time for us. Our merry-go-round is going too fast, and life is spinning by in a fuzzy blur. It seems we no sooner dust off the baseball equipment, then school is starting. I finish a book and look up. It's New Years Day. Where did Christmas go?

A birthday arrives and it doesn't seem possible that my boy is 14. Wasn't he a gap-toothed kindergartner just yesterday, running to the fridge and slurping from his juice box. Okay, so he did just do that yesterday, but you know what I mean.

Sometimes I want to drag my feet in the dirt, stop the merry-go-round, and order everyone off. "We're staying here for a while, daggonit! Long enough to make a few memories and take some good pictures so I don't forget what you looked like."

But the ride spins on and the best I can do is slow it down every now and then and catch my breath before it goes again. Such is life. There's 3 words for you. What are your 3 words?

PS. I took this photo Saturday before my youngest son's game. He's in the middle, #72
Denise Hunter  
posted at 9:30 PM  
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At 10:02 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Enjoy the Journey.

At 7:18 AM, Blogger Lisa Jordan said...

Finding my way.

Now that our oldest is off to college and our youngest is a sophomore in high school, I'm finding my way in a new season of my life. As I write about a character who believes God is selective about whose prayers he answers, I feel myself being drawn closer to God. I'm finding my way in a house with one child instead of two. I'm finding my way as book publication could be a reality instead of only a dream. I'm finding my way as a forty-year-old embarking on a new decade and body changes--not liking that last one. Most of all, no matter what I'm doing, I know I'm not alone. God walks beside me, holding my hand, and promises never to leave me. I can always find my way as He guides me on the path He laid before me.

At 7:57 AM, Blogger Tonya Kappes said...

Denise! I know exactly what you are going through. It is hard for me to believe that my oldest is 16, my twins turned 12 yesterday and my youngest is 10. My three words are "I love you" I repeat those words all day long and make the ALS sign. Even when we are in public I will sign I LOVE YOU and they know what I mean. I will say "guess what?" and they usually respond with "I know, you love me."
I know time is slipping away from me, but I want them to know-no matter what- I LOVE THEM.

At 9:03 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Good words, girls.

Tonya, that is so wise!

At 10:08 AM, Blogger Deena said...

Some boring, please?

My life is anything but, and I'd like a nice, quiet, thrill-less, no news, no excitement, no issue day.

At 1:16 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Hurry and wait. I know that's cliche, but for me it's true. I mean, if you're writing, you're probably trying to meet a deadline, either self-imposed or publisher imposed. And if it isn't publisher imposed, you wish it were. I agree with Diann, Denise. Enjoy the journey. Each moment with them is vital. Hold them close in your hearts, and take pictures for blackmail later when they come home with their girlfriends.

At 2:08 PM, Blogger Edna said...

Oh I am so glad we have all our kids grown up with families of their own now, we were always having to go here and there when they were in school, we had four, so we were on the road a lot, but now if we feel like it we can go see one of the grandkids if not, we can stay home. Great to be old if we didn't have so much pain.


At 11:41 PM, Blogger Sue said...

Life is good!

After being mad at God for my lot in life (barrenness)I finally laid it all down and now I am embracing my life - getting to travel with my hubby, work if/when I want to, attend and serve in our church ladies' group - life is good and so is our God! He knows what we need way more than we do!

At 3:10 PM, Blogger Lauren said...

God is Great!

No matter how hectic our lives get, we can't look back without realizing how blessed we truly are. Even though times are busy and we're worn out, the memories of yesterday tend to leave in impression in our hearts and a smile on our face. I'm learning that even though my life is fast paced, I have to stop and enjoy the moment that I'm in. If I don't it will pass by without receiving the attention that God intends for it to have. God doesn't promise us a tomorrow. All we have is today. Take a few minutes out of every day to thank God for the awesome blessings that he has given us- the small things we tend to overlook. Take in the beautiful Fall weather, the crunch of the leaves under your feet. For they will blow away before you realize you forgot to enjoy them.


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

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Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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