Sunday, January 31, 2010

Change or expire

I’ve been so terrible when it comes to updating this blog. I’m not even really sure why I post so sporadically, but hopefully once the kids are back at school and we get back into a more normal routine, I will find the time for me again.

Tomorrow is the last day of the summer holidays. Not that it’s been much of a summer, although I admit the last couple of weeks we’ve had great weather.

So the kids are almost ready to go back to school. I say almost because I still have the last few books sitting on the kitchen table in need of covering. I’ve been avoiding them all day. I hate covering books with duraseal. 

Wiseguy is off to Junior High School this year, leaving me to feel like I have nothing left that is familiar anymore. Moving here has been one giant constant change. New home, new schools, new friends, new kindy, and now a new year and another new school and it seems like a new child, he’s so different these days. They all are. Princess was 3 when we moved here, now she’s 5 and independent and rolls her eyes at me and has a social life. Boy was 6 and liked cuddles and bedtime stories, now he’s 8 and cares about Playstation, recycling, animals and apparently wearing the same clothes day after day. He hates it when I read to him in bed because it interrupts the book he was reading to himself. And Wiseguy, oh boy, he is just a big bundle of quick-witted insults, hurled with hilarity at whoever dared to speak or look in his direction. He was 9 when we moved here, now he’s going on 12 and expects the whole world to accommodate his rollercoaster of moods which can vary and change like traffic lights. He is all of a sudden ‘cool’ and I am ‘uncool’ and doesn’t want to consider the fact that I might have been ‘cool’ once before but I gave it all up years ago. That there’s only so many times you can rush away from a party or an event early because “I’ve been pooped on/thrown up on and it’s smelly and starting to stain” and still maintain your ‘coolness’ factor.

We’ve gone from this:

To this:

And from this:

To this:

This was my baby: 

Now this:

And Hubby and I? From this:
To this:

Ok that’s an exaggeration. But it feels true. We just celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary.

(I use the word ‘celebrated’ loosely. We acknowledged it, but did absolutely nothing to celebrate it. Why break ten years of tradition?)

It’s been a long two years in Invercargill and I’m homesick. I’m homesick for the closeness that we had as a family before, and homesick for my sisters and my mum, and homesick for the church family we left behind. And I’m sad because even if we packed up and moved back home, it’s not the same anymore, and neither are we. And I’m aware that this change was what we needed, was why we moved here. I agree with Don Miller when he says in his book ‘Through Painted Deserts’: Everybody has to change or they expire. Everybody has to leave, everybody has to leave their home and come back so they can love it again for all new reasons. I want to keep my soul fertile for the changes, so things keep getting born in me, so things keep dying when it is time for things to die. 

But death so often leaves someone mourning. And for someone like me, who at times is hounded by depression, so much change can open doors to a dark place that if you’re not careful can easily swallow you whole. I can’t do it again, the familiar downwards spiral. I am the Mum here, and they need me to keep pressing on. So I do, but in the deep, honest part of me, eating away, is the thought that I fight now with so little hope left, that I fight to survive knowing that even if I do I’ll never be truly happy here.


  1. Hey, it's nice to see you posting again... sorry to hear you are going througha bit of a down time though. thanks for your encouragement the other day; I'd love to keep in touch and support you as well. I am doing better now, will pray for you too. (It's nice to see a picture of you in this post so I can picture what you like like:)

  2. Congrats on 10 years chicky!! Love your wedding pic! Cracked up at the part where you don't wanna break tradition cos we are soooo the same. last year we celebrated our 7th year in the palms food court with our 2 youngest kids and happymeals ;/

    I really hope you can begin to enjoy your newish home place this year. I was ripped when we had to move 5 years ago it took me a good year to get over it and decide I actually didn't want to move back after all. But I realise it's different for you being so much further away. Another awesomely written post you talented thing. xo

  3. Hey!! good to see you and "see" you!
    Love the pictures of the kids and you and the hubby...especially the wedding picture!!!

    Grief, Sadness and Loneliness are some of the harder emotions in life.
    I pray peace for you Cass, that you will find your place in your new home
    and find all the joy you need in your little family

    I am with Widge
    another awesomely wirtten talented thing!!!
    Love and Light

  4. Thanks so much ladies. I'm really ok, just had to get the yuck out, if you know what I mean. It was Simoney's beautiful honesty that got me writing about this stuff, and I almost didn't post because I didn't want to seem like an attention whore, but then decided that was just another of the enemy's tricks. Truly it's opening up that helps to pull yourself out of a slump like that.

    I had a better day yesterday and I know it's largely due to the prayers of you beautiful ladies, so thankyou. You cannot know the difference between yesterday and so many days before it. I actually had my washing on the line by 8am! I woke up knowing something was different and it was such a relief.

    We women are a powerful army when we are standing side by side, and not tearing each other down. The enemy knows that too.
    Kia kaha.

  5. I couldn't agree with you more!!! So so very true

    and I did not think you were an attention whore...just for the takes courage to reach out and be honest!

    love and light

  6. I'm new here (found you through Kiwi Mummy Blogs) so I don't know where you moved FROM...but I wanted to say that I totally get that homesickness deal. We moved to Blenheim from Canada at the end of July and I desperately miss everyone. It's a hard road.

    Hope you'll keep coming back to your blog!

  7. What a beautiful family you have!! We are like you guys too - often celebrate our anniversary with a dvd and snacks!

    Praying that you settle in okay where you are and bloom where you are planted!!


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