Since I tackled the “Big” question on Monday having to do with the controversy surrounding Rob Bell’s new book “Love Wins”, I thought I’d finish up answering some of your brilliant questions today. Here goes:
You are a wife, mother, writer and more. How do you balance all those roles? Have there ever been periods of time when those roles have conflicted with one another?
Every day! Really. Now that my girls are all in school, I am able to designate certain hours of my day for certain tasks, which has made my life enormously easier. When all three girls were home with me all day long, I’d have to find balance in different ways. It was much harder, but I did it. I’d find time to write during nap times, schedule date-nights with Rob so we could get some alone time, and even hire a baby sitter if I needed to go to the store by myself for some blissful “alone” time shopping.
When I find “me” getting lost in the every day tasks around me, I know it is time to take a few steps back and plan and structure ways to get found again. This has been harder than it sounds, but essential as a wife, mommy, writer, friend.
Since you and I share The Hiding Place as our favorite book of all time, question #1 is what is your #2 book?
It’s hard for me to number books in a certain order, because through time, books take on a differnet meaning to me than they might have 10 or so years ago. You are right, The Hiding Place has been a favorite since I was 10 or 11 years old. Another favorite has been “Till We Have Faces” by C.S. Lewis. I read it when I was about 17, and it really changed how I saw God, and how I saw myself through His eyes.
Question 2 is would you consider sharing your house sitter, Jessica? I have read about her in your blog.
Jessica is awesome! She has been a family friend to us for a few years now. She is very much like an auntie to our girls. Our dogs like her too! She’s a great house sitter, and I am sure she would love to house sit for others too. Just check with us first to make sure she’s not “booked” here…haha..