Life Behind the Blog

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February at the Frederiksen residence has looked a bit like this: dirty dishes in the sink, tired eyes, frustration, long work hours, few and far between moments together, and a bit of stress to top it off. So often I post about the beautiful things around us, but I think I should take a moment and touch on the reality of this past month.

We are real people, and we experience real problems. Kyle and I work opposite times during the day and are often involved with church work, resulting in much too little time together. We are at the point where all the things we own have been around long enough that they are wearing down. Computers, cars, phones, furniture, the list could go on and on. And, we are both experiencing severe cabin fever. Just last week we got 9 inches of new snow, and an accompanying high wind storm. With the continuing in the negative temperatures, and the three feet of snow looming outside, we are both ready for the spring. Is all this frustrating? Oh, yes! A frustrating reality of life.

However, through all the stress, this past weekend we got to spend all of Sunday together. We ate breakfast, discussed our life plans, joked around, made lunch, attended church, video-chatted with our families, and started planning our next adventures. Let me tell you, after a month of packed schedules and long to do lists just being able to spend the day with my best friend was the perfect escape. We forgot about our time consuming careers, broken possessions, and we were able to prepare for the adventures ahead.

And with that calm start, I feel like this week I can start to breathe again. Our lives are not less stressful or busy, but that breath of fresh air helped me remember the importance of a new day, a new month, and the many exciting things that lie ahead. Most importantly, it was a great reminder that our lives really aren’t so bad. In fact, we are extremely blessed. The fact that we have jobs that we enjoy, we have possessions that many people don’t, and we do live in a beautiful area are all blessings. Our life behind the blog posts may not be the picturesque ideal we want, but it sure is a wonderful one that I should remember to be grateful for each and every day.

“We would do well to slow down a little, focus on the significant,

and truly see the things that matter most.”

– Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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