I had my weekend all planned. It included lots of writing and catching up on my BIAM word count. Now if you look at my sidebar, you will notice that the number hasn't gone up at all - not even a little bit. This is rather discouraging to me, but there is a reason.
Friday morning we were getting ready for the day when my husband stops what he is doing and says, "We need to go to Montana." There is a story behind this. My step-dad had a stroke in August. Because he was in the hospital so long and then needed my mom home to care for him, they both lost their jobs. Mom looked locally, but couldn't find anything. Through lots of prayer and inspiration, she finally did find a job, but it is in Arizona. Last week, they decided to take it and make the move this coming Wednesday. So here is my mom, trying to pack up the house and get everything ready to go, and doing most of the work by herself because my step-dad can't be much help right now.
So my husband wakes up Friday morning and says we need to go to Montana. He had to arrange get off work early, we had to wait for the kids to get home from school and arrange for our church responsibilities to be taken care of, but we finally left late in the afternoon and got to Mom's at midnight. Saturday was spent packing and organizing, then today we went to sacrament meeting with them and made the long drive home.
Certainly not what I was planning to do this weekend, and I don't think I will ever catch up on this particular BIAM. On the other hand, as tired as we are, the packing is almost done. She just has to take care of the last bits and pieces before the ward members come on Tuesday night to help load up the truck. She never could have done it by herself. What a blessing inspiration is. This whole experience has been wonderful to watch. It is especially amazing to watch the faith of my step-dad who has only been a member of the church for a little over a year. The great thing is, we were there for them, and I was able to see my mom before they leave for Arizona.
And even though I didn't work on my BIAM, I did write for a bit while we were driving and got halfway through a short story that has been swimming around in my brain. I think that the break from the BIAM and the chance to think without having to write, is actually going to help my story, as I take it in a whole new direction. This weekend just reminded me how much we rely on the Lord for everything. I can't imagine life without inspiration.