Sunday, March 29, 2009

Turn Around Slowly

I heard a song this week by David Kauffman. It was entitled, "Turn Around Slowly." I listened and cried because the chorus parroted my life right now. We (my husband and I) are in transition time. After 15 years in the beautiful state of California, we are moving.

Every day I'm experiencing things "for the last time." Just a month ago, I experienced my last Western District Ladies Conference as Secretary. This is my last semester at Christian Life College as an instructor and staff member. I am doing "last time" tasks for both jobs, Western District and Christian Life College. My last Landmark, my last TTCM Music conference, my last sectional conference, my last box to pack, my last quiz to give my students, my last order for Regalia for my last graduation ceremony. The list goes on. Every day brings a new, last.

Today it hit me again I perused through my e-mails. My wonderful friends on the Ladies Board have been including me in their fun, friendly banter with each other via e-mail. I've so enjoyed being the "mouse in the pocket" and watching the comments go back and forth, teasing, and having fun with each other. I want it to last. I'm the reluctant character moving off stage.

Oh, I'm very excited about moving close to my family, don't get me wrong. It will be wonderful to be near my beautiful daughter and granddaughter. And I will have my son close to me. How I miss his hugs. My parents will be close and my son-in-law is that second son I never had. I love them all so much. Yes, it will all be wonderful, but before I enjoy that, I have to work through some separation issues here. So I have chosen to turn around slowly.

I am trying to slow down the process in my mind because I'm leaving so many wonderful friends and experiences behind. So, my dear friends and family that read this, please be patient with me. I'm just trying to "Turn Around Slowly."



Turn around slowly.
Time is a racer.
The wink of an eye takes you from here to there.
Turn around slowly, and treasure your days here.
These precious moments may come to be rare.
Artist: David Kauffman
Album: Simple Truth

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I will be patient. :)

Marenda

Maya said...

What a wonderfully written and moving blog, Sis.B! Thank you for sharing... as a person who seems to be "turning around slowly" quite often, I can identify. :)
I hope to see you soon as we are heading up to northern California next week on the deputation trail. I miss you and am in desperate need of some time with my favorite mentor and friend. :)
Much love,
Maya

Maya said...

What a wonderfully written and moving blog, Sis.B! Thank you for sharing... as a person who seems to be "turning around slowly" quite often, I can identify. :)
I hope to see you soon as we are heading up to northern California next week on the deputation trail. I miss you and am in much need of some time with my favorite mentor and friend. :)
Much love,
Maya

Sullivan's said...

Gayla, my friend..... thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings regarding this transition. I know you are excited - but there has to be some apprehension - Haven't you been here longer than any other place in your marriage? You are in my thoughts and prayers....

Enjoy every "last" minute of every phase of this new season in your life!

Love you!
ss

Violet said...

The loss of your presence in California is difficult for all of us. But, think about it. If you had not moved to California, you would have missed 15 years of wonderful new friendships that will always be a part of your life. Go with God. He has great plans for you!

Vi

Karlene said...

Gayla, your blog was great. I love reading people thoughts of their life's experiences. It's great to hear how God brings each of us through the tough times. I'm happy to hear you're going to be close to your family. I thank God that I have had Rebecca here with me the last 20 years. I have no idea what I would have done with out her...family is important!!! Maybe since you'll be in Arizona, we'll see you more!! hee-hee Love you -Karlene

Anonymous said...

Gayla, Just a note to let you know that we lost mom (Sis Tredway) very suddenly tonight.
Please keep us in your prayers.

Virginia Clark

Wanda Chavis said...

That was a beautiful post! Just found your blog - and am going to become a follower! I love keeping up with friends... now I'm trying to remember where your daughter lives so I'll know where you're moving to. Of course, I KNOW it will be closer to NC! I'll be praying for your transistion - you'll do great - that is HIS hand you feel just there - in the small of your back. Hugs! WC