Saturday, October 21, 2006


I have been so restless the last couple of weeks. I think its because I have this kind of pseudo "list" of things in my life that I'm supposed to do. I'm so antsy, for lack of a better word. Often when I feel that way, I feel very overwhelmed by my everyday life...the frustration of the time I spend doing mundane things really gets to me.

Always, but particularly since Paige's birth, I have felt like I have been called to do certain things in my life. I feel as if I have been given a message that I am supposed to be sharing.

My friend Camille and I spoke about this the other night, as we often do. She is such an amazing person...someone I look up to so much. She has such a full plate, yet never ever turns down a friend in need, or forgets to check in on someone who might need a hug.

This week, she helped a very sick friend of hers get through a very rough patch in her life. She took extraordinary steps to make sure her friend would be o.k. and to help her friend try and remember the beauty of life.

Of all the gifts having a child with Down syndrome has brought to me, Camille is so high on that list of blessings.

And like we often do, we try to figure out how we can make this "ministry" of ours profitable, lol!!!! Because unlike God (not that He isn't pretty busy, haha), we also have to take care of so many everyday things...laundry doesn't do itself, someone always has a dentist appointment, and no matter how many times we feed our families, it seems like they need to eat again just a few hours later, darnit.

Although we both live very nice lives, and have everything we need and then some, we also fret about income, and worry about our family's financial futures, like everyone else does.

So, we're always wheeling and dealing ideas back and forth to one another about how we can earn money without it actually taking any time or effort away from what we really want to do.

I have a part-time job -- and although its a job I like well enough, and can do well enough, I am constantly resentful of the time it steals from me. I thought if I did something totally removed from the "realness" of my life, I would feel like I was getting a break.

I was wrong. I NEED to be doing something of importance -- something that is significantly touching the lives of other people around me. I have a message to share, and its starting to scream louder and louder at me.

And...I have a book in me. That I know, and have always known. I cannot remember a time when I didn't say I was going to write a book. Certainly as soon as I learned to read at 3 or 4 years old, I fell in love with words, and never stopped loving them...I cherish the power they have to fill hearts and souls with hope, and love and gratitude.

So...I'm trying to make peace with this restlessness, and trying to hear the message that it is sending me.

Perhaps its time I stop daydreaming about "someday" -- someday when I have more time, and someday when I don't have as many obligations, someday, someday, someday...maybe that's what I'm feeling lately.

When my life is over, and my days are done, I want to be remembered and cherished for being a good person, for making a difference, even if its just in this tiny part of the world I live in.

I want to have lived an extraordinary life. And God, in all of his goodness, has given me all of the tools I need to make this life quite extraordinary.

This weekend, Wayne is away, and I am home for a quiet weekend with the girls. My soul has felt pretty tired lately, so I'm going to give it a good rest, and spend these two days listening to what it is trying to tell me.


Anonymous said...

You have a gift with words. I knew the first time I read one of your posts that you were a lover of words. I enjoy your writing so much.

I think a book is most certainly within you. I am SURE your words would touch many, and I hope one day to read it.

I too have shared some of those blessings of good friends through Down syndrome. In fact, I would have never met you if it weren't for Tara Marie.

Please write--it is such a release--such a powerful way to be heard. I know you are already aware of this, but it doesn't hurt to remind you.

You can actually get a book into print fairly inexpensively through Booksurge. In addition, I would be more than happy to assist you in anyway if you have questions about the process.

The process is so time consuming--but ever so valuable. I know you have the ability to get it done.

I reformatted the text for Gifts in a program called Quark, converted to PDF, and then uploaded it to Booksurge. I also did the photo formatting and created the website for promotion.

Please feel free to email me anytime if you should have questions.

P.S. I'm guessing you opted not to have your blog included on my links list for Gifts. That is ok, I was just hopeful to add you. :)

Anonymous said...

Oh, and I am sorry for getting so carried away with my comments lately. I hope you don't mind.

Betsy said...

I don't mind at all!! And you are welcome to share my blog anywhere you would like.

If you want my webpage, its, although its more about the earlier days of Paige's life.

Nicole said...

Betsy, You give of yourself and make such a difference in so many lives. My family's included. I love you honey! Write that book. :) I'll be the first to buy it!

Tara Marie said...

My dear friend....I have a project for you.

November is National Novel Writing Month....

I'm taking the challenge.....and I challenge you! ;)

Peace and love, TM

mum2brady said...

I hope you got a good rest Betsy, I'm a bit behind in reading blogs, my life has been so insane lately... I can't wait to read your book - you really do have such an amazing way with words - I'm always in awe.....