On Not Wasting It


Today I’m packing.

Finishing up laundry.

Getting stuff together.

Heading out tomorrow.

My first stop: Los Angeles to drop my littles off with my mom.

My second stop: Utah.

To speak at SNAP.

To a room full of the most creative, crafty bloggers…about using their blog for good.

It’s a funny thing to get on a plane without your family.  Visions of fiery plane crashes play in my head.  Shaking heads mourning “such a waste.  That she died just to go to a blogging conference.”

But I suppose all of that could happen even when I head a few blocks over for a strawberry milkshake.

I’m not really scared of flying so much…as I am of leaving my goofy little family.

But I’m also over the moon excited.  Three days of girl time?!  Three days of a mama break?  Three days of no dishes or cooking?  Yes please.

But mostly I’m praying hard that I don’t waste my trip.

That I don’t waste the time away from my family.

That I don’t get on a plane, miss precious kisses and giggles and chubby armed hugs…and not Glorify Him.

Praying that God stands in the gap for me as I speak.

Praying I find the balance between speaking at a non-religious conference…and not being ashamed or afraid to give it all back to Him anyway.

It will be good.  I am excited.  I am humbled.

But for now, I gotta finish the laundry.

It really is a glamorous life, don’t you think?


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I'm a mom to four. A wife to one. I believe in story. I love telling you about mine and would love to hear yours. There's really no sense in wasting our suffering and not sharing in each other's joy. We're all in this together...even if it doesn't always feel like it.

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  1. 1

    you ARE glamorous! :-)
    praying for you as you travel and speak. that hearers would be ready for your words, and that he will make you strong and give clarity to your words! you are a champ, still blessed by hearing you speak back in september! LOVE ya xo
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    Jennifer says:

    I am sure you will do a wonderful job! I wish I could go to the conference so I could hear you. Maybe I’ll see you at the QBM though. (Although I’m sure I will be too star struck to introduce myself. :) )

  3. 3

    Nice to know I’m not the only one who has those types of thoughts when I travel away from my own little family! Not that it happens often, but still… :)

  4. 4

    Wish I were going to SNAP so I could meet you… But alas, I am headed from Colorado to Albuquerque to give a workshop at a homeschool conference. Take care and be a great commercial for God!
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    Praying for you!
    Kate @ Songs Kate Sang´s last blog post ..Picnics in the Park – Leila and Harper {Songs Kate Sang Photography}

  6. 6

    i so wish i was going to snap so that i could hear you speak! have a great time!

  7. 7

    So happy for you! Enjoy – and praying its all you want, need and more!!

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  8. 8

    Sounds amazing. And you know what else I think is amazing your little suitcase you have featured up there, looking so pretty and ready for adventure. That is no Mary Poppins bag. That lil box speaks of fun and sassy, and good times ahead.
    Oh hi, I’m new here. Found you on Pinterest. My name is Noel. Nice to meet you. Have fun and will pray for a safe trip for you right now, even though I am just a tad bit jelly,and also a perfect stranger. Strangers can pray for strangers. It’s a thing.

  9. 9

    Have a fabulous trip. I hope it ends up being a great time for you to refill mommy energy stores as well as uplift others.
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  10. 10

    What a great post, Jeanett! I love this. You are an inspiration!
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  11. 11

    Oh, well, snap! LOL! I’m in SLC — wish I’d have known about this — would have loved to have met you and heard you speak!! Good luck, and I know you’ll rock both the topic and Him!! :)
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  12. 12

    The suitcase picture is killing me with cuteness! I keep thinking it’s not yours, but I remember the coral maternity top from Kate’s shower (For Elizabeth) …and now I sound so creepy. I love your heart for Jesus! I’ll be praying for your safety and boldness! They’re going to love you!

  13. 13

    Oh, wait, I see the source for the picture, now…I could have sworn it was not there when I first looked!

  14. 14

    Good Luck.
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    Can I just say that even if all you do during this trip is take a break, that is glorifying to God? He designed rest, He commands that we rest, He rested. Rest is good. This trip can’t be a waste no matter what. I hope you get filled up again, by good girl time and a break. I also know the world will be a little bit of a better place after you give your talk and that’s awesome. Loves.