Shannon Deitz has lived 25 of her 37 years witnessing and experiencing what is referred to as Spiritual Warfare, teetering on both sides of the spectrum, getting so close to evil she could smell the stench only to be snatched back into the strong embrace of Christ.
For those who aren't familiar with your blog, where can they find it and what is it about?
My blog 'Just Show Up' began as an experiment on my website to chronicle daily the ways in which God was showing up in my life through conversations with strangers, unexpected events, etc and also how I might have been available to 'show up' for Him and reach out to someone else as well. The blog is only on my website www.shannonmdeitz.com
How do you have time to blog when you hear "Mommy! Mommy! Mommy!" every five seconds?
When I was blogging daily for 365 days in 2010 I found it very difficult to find that 'perfect' time to sit at the computer and process the days events when my boys were in need of help with homework, or in need of a ride to this practice or that practice but what I eventually found worked best for me was to get it done either that hour before they were due home from school (for younger kids the afternoon nap is key) or at night just after they had gone to bed and before my eyes began to droop.
As a Mom, how do you keep a sane head, when things get stressful?
Is there any mom that can say they are sane? :) I learned a long time ago to make sure I had moments of 'quiet time' for me when the kids were younger. And as my kids have gotten older I still see the need to keep this time sacred in order to not get overwhelmed with the stress of the days events. I also know that once I accepted my role as a mom to be what it was, often mundane repetative tasks, I let go of this constant frustration that I wasn't doing 'enough' which can often lead to the unnecessary stress. When you take the day ahead of you for what it's worth, tell yourself "I can only get done one task at a time." then you'll find that the stress will even out and you'll be more available to your kids, with more smiles and genuine joy.
Do you think that things really have changed all that much since we were kids?
I think the kids are leading the same lives that we had as children but with different distractions. Granted, my kids might not have the convenience of going out side and staying out for hours till the sun goes down without me knowing they are at a specific friend's house but I often realize that the older I get and the older my kids get the more I'm sounding like my mother. That can only mean I'm forced to say the dreaded words I hated to hear as a child which means things haven't changed at all. Different circumstance, different era but same desire for moms to want to make sure their kids are safe, secure, healthy and happy.
Also, one thing I was told a few years back when I was in the thick mess of dealing with my ADHD Impulsive child that helped me put my life as a mom into perspective, "Don't be so hard on yourself. You are doing the best you know how and learning along the way."
If you have love for you children and your main concern is to make sure they are fed, clean, safe out of harms way and LOVED then you are doing a great job.