11 Mar 2011

Five Minute Friday: I feel the most loved when…

It’s Friday. If you’ve got five minutes, I’m all ears.

Here’s how the game works: you simply stop, drop and write for five minutes flat! Set your words free. Don’t edit them, don’t fret over them, don’t try to make them perfect.

Just let them be you.

1. Write for only five minutes.
2. Link back here and invite others to play along.
3. Go say hi to the five minute artist who linked up before you.

It’s fun, creative, and challenging. And there’s a happy red Life to the Full mug in it for one of you from DaySpring. (Michelle won the beautiful leather journal from last week).

OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes on the prompt:

I feel the most loved when …


In this 38th week of pregnancy I feel overwhelmed most of the time. Overwhelmed by my house, my laundry, my kitchen and my back yard that’s turned into a swamp land. I feel overwhelmed by all the baby clothes I haven’t unpacked, the diapers I haven’t bought yet and the hospital bag I haven’t yet packed.

I had good intentions to get it all done. And then I came down with a horrid cold that’s been riding me hard for a while now. And suddenly everything I meant to do has simply swallowed me whole and I am left overwhelmed.

By my body and the inevitability of a new baby coming home to this chaos.

So, right now, I feel the most loved when Peter is here in the morning and home in the evenings. When I can hear him entertaining the boys in the living room or unloading the dishwasher. I feel swaddled in security when someone else figures out the logistics of child care for me or a neighbor stops by to check in on us during the day.

Just hearing Peter breathing, there in the next room, across the hall or when we’ve slumped into the mattress together at night without even the energy to talk, is when I feel the most loved.

In the slow deep breaths of pacing ourselves through this season.


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  1. 1

    My thoughts are similar to yours although in a slightly different direction. I’ve been missing your blog since Christmas (my bad!), but just got all caught up and I really do love these prompts. I’ve seen hints of them abroad on the web, but not read the whole thing here. You can bet I will be participating more! Thank you!

  2. 2

    First time doing this so it’s not that good, hoping to get better with practice. I love this idea.

  3. 4

    YES! The pacing ourselves in seasons, beautiful words and so true. I am so thankful for these five minute prompts, they really get me thinking.

  4. 5

    There are season of life. It is so good to have someone beside us.
    I’m looking forward to news about the arrival of your baby.
    Thank-you for organizing this fun way to encourage writing!

  5. 6

    Love this idea it was a great reflection and a lot of fun. Thank you! I would have loved to put your five minute friday button in the post but I could not find the html text for it. I just found it for the stamp. My first time your blog and really liked it I will subscribe.

    • 7

      Hey Jennifer! Thanks for stopping by – the code is in the right hand side bar of my blog – you should be able to copy and paste it from right underneath the button. Hope that helps.

  6. 8

    i wish i could be your neighbor to bring you some fresh baked goodness and put an arm around your shoulder while you just breathe for a minute. so instead i’m praying an unexpected peace to surround you today. :) love you, sweet girl.

  7. 10

    Embrace the chaos! It’s a sign of life, love and growth. At least, that’s what I tell myself. haha! :) Hope you feel better soon, and that baby girl is so close to being here!!

  8. 11

    right now I feel stressed by my daughter’s pain level; hurting for Japan; but i feel loved by the presence of my Heavenly Father who has given gifts aplenty….medications to relieve pain, people to create said meds. I know the earthquake was not a surprise to Him and he is performing miracles even now…the hands and feet of Jesus are evident to me in my husband – I am loved.

  9. 12

    Oh, yes. Simple yet so complex– his presence. It communicates so much more than words sometimes. {And what a cute picture!}

  10. 13

    sometimes just knowing someone else is there and taking care of you is all it takes isn’t it…love that your man is there for you and loving you even just by breathing!

  11. 14

    oh, yes, you…even though you’re strong…it’s so nice to have Pete be there…to be able to relax in the one you trust so much with the kids…the partner in all of life…i know the feeling of all of this and being far from home/family, too. Don’t know if that hits in days like this, but so glad you have the faithful guy:)

  12. 15

    The baby will come when it’s ready and it will not be loved any less if there are dirty dishes in the sink or unpacked baby clothes. It will all work out. :-)

    Love this link up too. I am defin going to start joining in when I can. Friday posts are where I have been struggling the most. Glad I found your blog.

    • 16

      “It will not be loved any less if there are dirty dishes in the sink or unpacked baby clothes.” – oh that just comforted me so much to be reminded of! Thank you Karen!

  13. 17

    Great information and fab blog too! I have put a link to your blog on mine here: http://www.top-websites.org …. I hope you don’t mind? Keep it up! All the best, Paul Kelly


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