It’s Been a Good Week

My mom has been visiting for the past week, so my writing schedule has been a bit off. And that’s okay. I am fortunate to have this time to spend with her.

We’ve been walking daily,. My almost 87 year old mom has been managing a couple of hilly miles a day.


It was also a fun week for mail! (The two sink protectors that needed to be returned to Home Depot excluded. Those were two rather disappointing deliveries. The first had the drain hole located in the wrong place. My bad. The second didn’t fit the sink EVEN THOUGH the measurements were a bit smaller than the first one. I don’t get it.)

At any rate, I did get these.

These were not disappointing in the least…fun AND functional.


But even better than the slippers, were these ONE WORD reminders a friend of mine sent!

How cool are they?!

I love creative friends.

They are currently residing in the office, where I spend my mornings.

Thank you, Deb!


I also received this book in the mail from a blogger friend.


I really don’t know where to start with this.

Maybe I should come clean and admit I have yet to finish the book.

The reading has been slow going.

It’s occupying a lot of space in my thoughts.

Lots to ponder. Lots to digest. Lots to make sense of.

In a good way.

I’ll be blogging about it in the near future when I actually process what I read, but for now, I want to share a few words from the book that have struck me.

Perhaps these words will also strike a chord in you.

Maybe you have some thoughts or experiences you could share.

Or maybe you will feel compelled to get the book yourself and we can have a little Book Club!

Wouldn’t that be fun?

Vocation does not mean a goal that I pursue. It means a calling that I hear.

I must listen for the truths and values at the heart of my own identity, not the standards by which I must live […] but the standards in which I cannot help but live if I am living my own life.

We listen for guidance everywhere except from within.

If we can learn to read our own responses to our experiences, we will receive the guidance we need to live more authentic lives.

My life is not only about my strengths and virtues, it is also about my liabilities and my limits…

We must embrace what we dislike or find shameful about ourselves as well as what we are confident and proud of.

And this!

What a long time it can take to be the person one has always been.

Dang. Goosebumps.

But do you want to know the best part?

Do you want to know the words that resonated with me most?

These words weren’t even in the book. These were the words my friend wrote about the book.

I didn’t discover my “vocation” per se, as in what job out in the Real World would suit me. I did come to understand though that I like being married and on some level, I feel I was “called” to be a wife. 


These are the words I am thinking about now, but have never thought about before.

These are the words I identify with.

The words that make sense.

The words I need to fully embrace.

Because I realize how blessed I am to be married to a man that makes me feel valued as a wife.

So much to think about…




5 thoughts on “It’s Been a Good Week

  1. Hmm. the book does provide some thought provoking tidbits. And the stones are so cute! Here’s a little interesting note for you. Also calling is in the root of the word vocation, in German it’s even stronger: BeRUFung, with Ruf being the German word for “to call.” How nice that your mom visited!

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    1. I love that tidbit! I do find etymology so interesting. When I taught, my students (and I) studied Caesar’s English, and I found it so fascinating. Lots of ‘aha’ moments for this teacher! Hope you are remaining DILIGENT in your studies, Dorothea! Take care!

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  2. Karen,

    I am so happy for you that you are having a good week and especially that you are enjoying a nice visit with your mom. That is a gift.

    The book is a lot to take in isn’t it? I like his writing though and the way he illustrates what he means with examples from his own life. I hope that over time you are able to pull out parts of the book that will be helpful to you.

    Enjoy the rest of your week!
    Thank you again for the post,

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    1. Libby!

      Thank you so much for the book. It really is giving me a new perspective. I feel such a need to figure life out, and this book is challenging me in new ways. I love it!

      Take care, my friend!



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