Wisdom Comes Suddenly

Hands Free Mama

January 19th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Today I am sharing an important link to a very inspirational blog.  A friend of mine from high school is a bona fide writer and decided to start a blog…and let me tell you…it’s just flat-out great.  Just…really…great.  Her message is of motherhood, of cherishing our blessings and friendships, and of choosing priorities, but more importantly, how to actually DO IT every single day.  Rachel’s writings on this topic are fresh, new, and different. There isn’t a single post on her blog that I haven’t finished and either dropped tears from feeling understood, or smiled ear to ear from having found a fantastic new idea.  She is articulate.  She is bright.  She leaves muffins and magazines in her friends’ mailboxes when they need a pick me up.  Seriously…tell me.  Have you ever thought to take the People you just finished and walk it over to a friend having a bad day?  That’s easy and simply awesome.  And wait until you read about her life with her daughters!  You think I cook…wait until you see her bake!

Rachel didn’t just say “I should put my attention-grabbing phone down”, and “I should let go of my tightly-packed schedule”.  She did it; and she writes about what she is doing instead.  She let go of the world of distraction in which we live, and began actually LIVING.  It’s old-fashioned and completely brand new, all at the same time.  It’s real and accessible to all of us.

“What I Would Have Missed” is a great place to start. “I Thought You Would Never Ask” is my life in a nutshell. “Putting Distraction In Its Place” will change how you drive…no joke.  I cannot go back to my former ways after reading this post.  “Grasp Your Heartstrings” will make you rethink every gift you ever gave your child at Christmas.  I’ll stop there and let you decide which posts speak to your life.

I had not seen Rachel in 20 years.  We ran into each other on Facebook, and quickly realized we had traveled similar roads.  We got to chatting about blogging and daughters and writing, and before we knew it, we realized that Jesus had played a hand in bringing us back together. It was forever ago and just yesterday (it feels) that I met Rachel in my 8th grade gym class, circa 1985.  I remember she had a sparkly kind smile and bright blond hair, and she invited me to lunch immediately, even though it was my very first day at a very scary new school.  She may not remember this at all, but we ate fries.  Just fries in a big basket, split among 4 of us in the music room of the Student Center.  I had left behind a school that I had once loved so dearly, but had become a bad fit in my middle school years, and on that day, in my horrible tween angst, I sat and giggled over french fries with some of the coolest gals I’ve ever met.  I knew right then I was going to be OK.  Pretty important stuff to a nerdy 13 year old!  She was a blessing to me then, and she is blessing to me now.  I hope you’ll check out her blog, “Hands Free Mama”…it’s such a nice place to fill your head with useful, encouraging, and loving thoughts.

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  • 1 Hands Free Mama // Jan 19, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Lori, I am touched beyond words! I thought my parents and husband were my number one fan, but I now need to re-think that. What you have said about my writing just blows me away. If I am ever blessed to publish a book, I am just going to tell them to place your glowing review right there on the back cover! It will fly off the shelves with a testimony like that.

    I was crying from the first paragraph but what really got me was what you said about me inviting you to lunch when you were new. (On a side note, what a relief to know that I wasn’t totally self absorbed when I was in the 8th grade!) I had forgotten this moment in time until you described it but then it all came rushing back like a wonderful dream that had been forgotten until something triggered it. Thank you for sharing this beautiful memory and for sharing your life with me. God has worked pure magic in bringing us together. I can’t wait to see where He will lead us…together.

    XOXO
    PS I wish I had more “blog groupies” like you!

  • 2 M3 // Jan 21, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Love that blog, thanks for the recommendation. Her “moving target” line is AWESOME.