A Day At a Time


This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is lake-michigan-ice-balls.jpg

Sometimes a day turns into a week, turns into a month, turns into a lot longer. That is kind of how my blogging (or lack of it) seems to be going. I could plead busyness…….I could plead the general state of our world….and it would be true. I could blame the grayness of our Iowa winter….and that would also be true.

None of those things by themselves should have turned off the blogging tap. Perhaps it was the perfect storm combined with a severe case of writers block…in fact, I think, I am dealing with an entire wall of writers’ blocks.  My brain still seems to be suffering from that and I have yet to find the remedy.

It seems that even as I sit here typing these random words; the creativity of words is buried so deep in my brain that I kind of wonder if they will ever find release again! My brain kind of feels like those frozen ice balls I saw on Lake Michigan last weekend….they just kind of roll around in the cold gray water and don’t seem to go anywhere. 

Somewhere in the middle of my vacation from the blogging world I was told I had a blogiversary.  It has been 5 years since I entered the world of bloggers and WordPress. What started out with great gusto has dwindled to zip and like I said…I am not quite sure how that happened.

I find that happens a lot in life. My husband always points out that everything happens…”A day at a time, until it is many days and weeks and months.” Sometimes this is good and sometimes it is not…also true of many things in life!

So many things happen one day at a time….one day we are young and it seems the next day we look in the mirror and we aren’t anymore. (At least I seem to have that issue!) In the blink of an eye our children are grown and have families of their own. 

The experience of how swiftly time moves was driven home a weekend ago. My siblings and I took a road trip to Michigan to celebrate the life of my cousin. He was only 53 before losing a valiant battle with cancer. I had not seen any of the Michigan cousins for a very long time. 

There was lots of laughter amidst the sadness. So much remembering and story telling of shared eperiences. There was celebrating of the fact that my cousin left an amazing legacy of faith that lives on his children and his wife, his friends, his co-workers and all who knew him. 

The weekend was a reminder about how fleeting this life really is. Fleeting like those ice balls on Lake Michigan…here today…floating in the icy water, but come Spring they will be just a memory.  It was a reminder to cherish the moments we have…to make time for the small things that don’t seem important right now, but do end up being the biggest things.

Make those memories today, because those are the things your family will cherish. Teach your children and grandchildren the truths that are important…faith in God, the importance of family, that honesty and integrity are worth the trouble, that truth…no matter how hard, is important and that finding joy in the small things makes life so much easier. 

These are the things I relearned that weekend in Michigan as I listened to Brent’s brothers, parents, co-workers and friends talk of the life he lived. 

May our lives be more than just ice balls floating in a lake. May the message that is our lives last far beyond a season….and hopefully our friends and families will someday celebrate a life well lived, with laughter, stories and joy.

Cherish your yesterdays,
dream your tomorrows
and live your todays.







21 thoughts on “A Day At a Time

  1. Prais says:

    Well said! Yes, time to continue to “teach our children and grandchildren the truths that are important…faith in God, the importance of family, that honesty and integrity are worth the trouble, that truth…no matter how hard, is important and that finding joy in the small things makes life so much easier.” All the best of God’s blessings for you in 2021!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Anne Mehrling says:

    Lots of people have writer’s block. I do hope you can get through it, because I miss your posts. You have marvelous stories, and you often draw deep conclusions from them. You are the most inspiring devotional writer I know. Sending you lots of love and warm hugs!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. beaconsoflife says:

    I have missed you and your words of wisdom. Your stories although you think are ordinary every day things become profound words that come from deep in your soul. Reach inside and don’t stop writing. You have it in you. I find if I don’t use my writing, I do lose the desire to write. Although, come to think of it I haven’t done as much of that as I would like.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. atimetoshare.me says:

    You always have the right words. Sometimes we burn out a little and this past year has been a great indicator of that. Just remember that God has given you this platform for a purpose. You may have no idea how many hearts you touch, but God knows. Keep on. When you’re ready the words will come. Blessings to you❤️

    Liked by 1 person

  5. peggy says:

    The pandemic has seemed to take the steam out of all of us. I was just thinking yesterday “One day at a time Peg.”. I have been blogging for over five years and there have been many times when I felt blogging had lost its zeal for me. I did take a 7 month break in 2019. I was telling my husband Dave the other day – Our youth seemed to disappear in a span of 10 years, but old age has lasted at least a 100 years. Ha – silly thought, but it feels as if it is so. So hard to lose those we love. Memories sometimes seem bittersweet.

    Liked by 1 person

    • thechickengrandma says:

      I think you are so right Peggy. This whole situation in our country and world has taken the steam out of me anyway. It just felt like there were no right words. I am not sure silence was a good answer for that but I cannot go back and redo….so I will go forward.
      I totally know what you mean about youth disappearing but old age lasting 100 years LOLOL. My sister in law and I have discussed that thought often.
      Loss is hard. I am happy my cousin is in a place where he is whole once again but my heart hurts for his wife and the 6 kids left behind to miss him. Just grateful there is lots of family to help in so many ways.

      Liked by 1 person

      • peggy says:

        Life is so hard right now Faye. It is hard to find words to describe how we all feel. This pandemic keeps us all discouraged. I too am glad your cousin’s family has support. Blogging is nice, but sometimes other things are more important. I have found a lack of interest in blogging lately – feel my interest in life should be directed toward my own family and all the problems here at home. Let’s just pray and do our best.

        Liked by 1 person

  6. ruthsoaper says:

    Hi Faye. I read this post several days ago and for some reason got distracted. Sorry I am just now getting back to comment. I was thrilled to see you back in the blogosphere but I understand how hard it has been to keep at it this past year. There has been so much to process that it’s hard to know what to say. Sometimes I think when God is not giving us the words it’s just that He wants us to listen.
    I’m sorry to hear about your cousin but am happy to that you were able to be there with the family. Michigan has not been the best place to visit this year. You bring such a great message with this post I hope to read more soon.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Timelesslady says:

    I am with you. I can’t seem to find the subject matter I once did. I feel like everything I write about is circling back a bit to what I have done before. It’s also funny to me when I forget how I’ve done something and have to search my own blog to remember. I don’t know if I should laugh or be scared about that. God bless you in this loooong winter. Snowing/ice right now in southern NJ, we’ve had storm after storm here.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s