The Prodigal Daughter has returned -- lessons from the bathroom
Saturday, May 17, 2014
The last few weeks have been INSANELY busy!!! I am currently in the middle of the process to adopt a 13 year old girl (yes, she IS a teenager -- and yes, I am doing it voluntarily.... perhaps I should seek counseling - LOL!!!), my roommate had her knee replaced and has needed me as a caregiver, I have a HUGE landscaping project that was started last summer and I am finally wrapping up, and then I ended up with a plumbing issue that required me to gut and rebuild not JUST the shower in the master bathroom, but ALSO the tub surround and plumbing in the guest bathroom.
Needless to say, it has been one HAIRY ride!!! I have been putting in 12 - 14 hours a day until my "bones" (I have rheumatoid arthritis) are screaming so loudly you can hear them 2 states over. I only have one thing to say -- thank GOD for good meds!!!!! And I don't use the Big Guy's name without heavy consideration ;) However, the process has been transformative -- and not just for the bathrooms :)
I learned how easy it is to slip when it comes to eating properly AND how much my body hates it when I do. I have also learned that all of the exercise I have been doing over the last few months has been WORTH IT!!!! If it were not for starting this journey back in January, I would have never had the physical stamina to complete what I did. Granted, I had a great handyman who did 70% of it and my sissy also helped, but MAN!!!!! The remodeling project has been ALL stuff I have never done before! I learned SO much!!!
I will be posting another blog later filled with some of the antics of the bathrooms, my roommates recovery, and the "lovely" process of trying to get a young girl out of a terrible life and onto a road where her life has joy, beauty, purpose, and meaning.
Thanks to everyone who sent me lots of encouragement and support while I was gone. And thanks to those of you who missed me.
I missed all of you more than you could possibly know. It is funny how we have built a community here -- all without ever "meeting" face-to-face. I have some of the most amazing friends that I have met here on SP. You humble me and inspire me EVERY day -- even when I am "cyber-absent" :)