I’m Overwhelmed!

Very rarely do I ever complain or whine here on my blog.  But I confess, I feel the need to do just that because… I am overwhelmed!!  It doesn’t happen to me often because I work really hard to maintain margin in my life and not do too much.  But life has some how gotten away from me.

So, why am I overwhelmed? 

Construction. We’ve been building the soap room, the barn, and the new house now for almost 9 months.  I’m tired of construction.  Don’t get me wrong, we’ve got the most awesome contractor and we love all the workers, but my head feels like it’s going to explode if I have to make another decision.

Commuting.  I haven’t had a “job” since I quit working at Capital One when Brett was 6 months old.  That means I haven’t commuted for 16 years.  Even when we started Goat Milk Stuff, the furthest I had to travel was out the back door and about 25 steps to the barn.  Alright, occassionally I had to drive to McDonald’s to print postage for orders because our satellite internet was out.  But even that was only 5 miles away. And yet for almost 6 months now, we’ve been driving 25 minutes to and from Scottsburg 7 days a week.

Kidding Season.  We have 21 pregnant goats and only 3 of them have had their kids.  We’ve been on kid watch for 10 days and I’m exhausted.  I just want to sleep and sleep and not worry about baby goats being born unassisted and getting stuck and goats dying if I’m not there to help.

Cranky Children.  My children are overwhelmed with all of this too and not getting enough sleep either.  This unfortunately leads to lots and lots (and lots) of extra bickering and it is wearing on my nerves.

The weather.  Where oh where is the sun????  We have had cloudy, rainy, cold, yucky weather since we returned from vacation.  If I don’t feel the sun on my face soon I’m going to start screaming (not really, but I want to).

OK.  That’s about all I wanted to say.  I’m tired, I’m cranky, and I’m overwhelmed.  I’m trying to live one day at a time and know that this too shall pass.  I’m limiting what I do (no new podcasts for a little while) and trying to take breaks to just sit and snuggle with baby goats.  Life is much more peaceful when you’re playing with baby goats.

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I’d love to think that I’m alone in this and everyone else is having a peaceful, non-stressful end to their winter.  But I have a feeling that I’m not alone.  How about you?  Are you overwhelmed right now?  How are you surviving it (assuming you don’t have any baby goats to snuggle)?




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  • Julie

    Cast ALL your cares on him sister…for He truly does care for you.

    • goatmilkstuff

      Amen, Julie! 🙂 PJ

  • Anna

    I know just what your going through. Attempting to turn our shed/ summer house into a work place for our Nubian goats milk products has been such a hassle, going on 1 year now. : ) Good news is we finally got our farms website up and running. I know we’re just getting started but it would be great to talk to someone who has some real experience and sucess in the field. I know first hand how wonderful your products are, having the experience of using them.

    • goatmilkstuff

      Congratulations on making progress. 🙂 PJ

  • Celeste

    Take one day at a time, as though there were no tomorrow. God is our refuge and our strength. He gives us today. He also gives us grace and strength to see us through. Lean on Him and you will never be disappointed. He will never fail us or forsake us.

    • goatmilkstuff

      Thanks, Celeste. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have survived the winter without doing that exact thing. 🙂 PJ