10 March 2006

Peas and Quit

When I was in college, I had an older roomate who was an elementary school teacher. She was grading papers one night - a writing exercise involving Christmas lists. One child in her class had written down peas and quit (translated to mean peace and quiet) as something they were hoping for. Lol.

I believe you can find peas and quit no matter what is going on in your life, but it ain't always easy. In fact, for me, right now, it's presenting quite the challenge. I am trying to find a way to slow my life down and keep my moody uterus calm enough that I don't go into preterm labor. For now this means no lifting, no heavy cleaning, no carrying (as in 17 month olds :S), no stress and as much rest as possible. It became clear to me yesterday (as I spent 1 1/2 hours helping facilitate during Drew's grueling physical therapy session) that the time had come to take these restrictions seriously. I have had 2 babies born preterm and with complications because of my "irritable uterus". Let me tell you, that's not the only thing that's irritable right now! But, I am trying to make peace with the situation I am in. It's going to take a lot of humilty and
letting go, something I'm not very good at.

I've experienced peace and contentment in my life. Let's see if I can conjure up some images for you:

It's spring and I'm at the top of the Grand Canyon looking over as much of the earth as I've ever been able to take in at once.

It's a quiet early summer evening and we are having a BBQ with our neighbors. The kids are jumping from one kiddie pool to the next and the adults are deeply enjoying the last evening breezes Springtime has to offer. The smell in the air, one of my favorites, consists of grilled hotdogs and marshmellows.

It's early morning and the sun has just begun it's rise. It's just me and the sound of a few birds next to the river where we'd camped the night before.

I'm out for a walk, at about midnight in Provo, UT, and the snow is falling, dampening the sound of everything but my fresh footprints.

I'm hoping this opens your own imagination to experiences where you've felt at peace and content. My experiences will be my imagery for the next few months, but these verses will be my mantra (for I know that true peace must not only be contingent upon conditions or happenings): "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." and "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

There now, I give myself to peas and quit. ;)

11 comments:

Rachelle said...

Good luck with the peas and quit! You really need it right now. I hope you can get the help you need and know that many of us are praying for you!

Zoe said...

Ohhh, I like your images! I think that I will borrow a few. I got your email. Sorry, things have been crazy around here. I love your ideas!!

smartmama said...

yes- because sadly the real moments come all too rarely-- so those moment memories are much needed...

The Constant Gardener said...

Ahhhh...Your image of summertime has me practically crying b/c I want it so bad I can taste it! Winter will end eventually. Winter will end eventually.

You're doing awesome--hang in there.

Lee said...

What great images I have in my head now. I think peas and quit is coming my way. I hope that things go well for you. I wish I could help you!

QueenMeadow said...

peas and quit, too cute, lol. Good luck!! I hope things settle down for you :)

Moonface said...

Lovely images. Good luck. Hope things work out for you.

Steph said...

(((((HUGS))))) Thank you for sharing some peas and quit with me. :D

At A Hen's Pace said...

May your body--if not your mind--get all the peas and quit that little one needs! Thanks for the word pictures too. I'm enjoying my own peas and quit for a few minutes right now--unusual circumstances that won't last...but for now, it's great!

owlhaven said...

Love this! Get some rest
Mary, mom to many

Misty said...

I treasure all the peace and quiet I can snag. I can also relate to your images! Good luck keeping your uterus calm!