A Tomato Made Me Cry

For the past six months, our home has been very different. When I accepted a severance plan from my employer in September 2011, I also accepted a different daily routine for our family. Our life slowed down and the focus was no longer on a fast or convenient solution to whatever problems the day presented but on an inexpensive or value-oriented alternative. For the most part I’ve throughly enjoyed our new normal. But this week, normal changes again.

I accepted a new position.

While I’m thrilled with the possibilities that await me at this new company, change is always coupled with apprehension and uncertainty. There are also new logistical challenges to overcome from morning routines to dinner options to afterschool pickup. Oddly enough I learned a great deal about the latter in the past few months. (Stay with me… I’m getting to the tomato crying incident….)

Did you know you’re considered Mom of the Year if you bring a drink and snack to car line? Evidently, it’s the equivalent of water in the desert.  A close second is taking your kids to the farmers market for a root beer/coke float. That’s why the tomato made me cry.

I bought the tomato while getting the kids a treat at the farmer’s market last week. It was a fun, special time that I will always cherish. And now those moments won’t happen…at least not in the same way they did. But once I take a deep breath I know there are always new ways to create memories for the kids. It’s just a matter of paying attention and savoring the opportunities…and not putting pressure on myself to meet expectations that are unnecessary or unrealistic.

And this I know…. Where God leads He provides. He works for the good of those who love him. So what do I have to worry about? Absolutely nothing. Well, except that my darling daughter is already working on her “I need” list! And so it begins.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28 (NIV)

I love my farmer’s market here in Lakeland! Check them out at http://www.indiansummerfarms.com/

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6 thoughts on “A Tomato Made Me Cry”

  1. So glad I read this today, April. I’ve been struggling with the balance – very out of tune right now. 🙁 Fortunately, my family is supportive and forgiving of my [numerous] shortcomings. Shoot me a email and let me know where you landed. Best wishes – they’re super lucky to have picked up a star like you!

  2. I didn’t realize all that was going on in your life. I completely understand, I’ve had some rough, rough times with that! Grace & peace to you as you weather yet another of those life-altering periods in life. Blessings, April!

  3. I didn’t know you were dealing with all of that! I’ve had my own change challenges, so I feel your pain! Grace and peace to you as you embark on this new adventure. Blessings!

  4. Ohhh, I must be Memaw of the year! I quite often have a snack and something for Connor to drink when I pick him up at school each day. Sorry your life is changing. You’ll find different ways to make memories, etc. God will nudge you in the right direction. I need to get back to putting something up on my blog……….been soooo busy lately. I feel like a failure for not posting, but I had a cake to make and a 60th wedding anniversary party to plan for my parents! Now I can blog about that!
    God bless you and your family during the adjustments.

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