Thursday, June 10, 2010

Guest Post--Mary Greathouse

Mary is another wonderful writer that applied to write on our blog. After reading her post you will know how difficult it was to choose our new writers. She is an amazing writer, be sure to check out her blog here.

Midnight Plane to Georgia

"Took the Midnight Plane to Georgia...." (then on to NC) Sounds oddly like I song I once knew. But, it was actually true. My daughter called on Wednesday to say she was having surgery.....then called shortly after to say she had already had it. She couldn't pick up, hold or feed her 2 month old baby, so what's a mom/grandmom to do? Hop on the next plane and make the sacrifice of cuddling with the cute baby for the next two weeks.

It kind of derailed any plans that I had for the next few weeks, but it was worth it. I had a few contacts to make on my book, Family Record Keeper, but they could be done later. I had to change a few piano lessons, and strong arm my youngest daughter into taking the rest of my students for a week or two......but it was good for her. (Isn't that what a mom always says?)

I read a long time ago that "Life is about the interruptions." That meant to me that, in spite of all of the special things that we schedule in our lives, the really important things are really just taking care of the people around us and their needs, when they need to be taken care of. Sometimes it's reading a bedtime story and sometimes it's jumping on the midnight plane to Georgia.

PS I'm glad to be sleeping on a real bed after using the couch for two weeks, but I wish I could get off the baby's schedule of getting up every two hours to eat....


  1. Mary is so right about not letting our plans get in the way of living our lives. A lot of the best things in life are the unplanned things.

  2. When you figure out how to shake the whole baby schedule thing, let us know! I've been working on that one for years.

    It's hard to go with the flow like that. Practice, practice, practice.

    I hope your daughter is on the mend and enjoying the two hour feedings!

  3. Great post, Mary. You are so right.

  4. I once read something about how pieces of music would be incomplete without rests. Sometimes in the music of our lives, God gives us chances to quiet certain parts in order to allow other parts to be heard. It sounds like your music was a lullaby for a few weeks, and what a blessing that was for you! :-)

  5. I LOVE that comment, KaseyQ! I am a musician from forever, and I'd never heard that before. I think I might have to hang that up somewhere in my house, if only to remind myself that it's okay to take a rest from time to time (a bit hard with 5 kids!)

  6. Mary - I love that quote - Life is about the interruptions. I haven't heard that before. But it's so true. It's stepping up like you did to help out in an emergency and taking the time to read a book to my five year old when I'm in the middle of writing a scene. It's interesting to see how others think of your or your family during emergencies - who steps up and who says their too busy. It really shows you who your real friends or family are.

    Thanks for the post Mary. I hope your daughter is feeling better!

  7. To quote John Lennon (and others, I'm sure)--"Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans". Very true post. I know that you've dropped everything and helped me many times. Thanks!



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