I feel the need to apologize to my friends and family for emails that have taken me forever to respond to (or even read). For phone calls that have been answered by text. For thank you cards that have taken a month to get into the mail. For distracted answers.
I am so thankful to say that I am on the tail end of this dissertation thing. Waiting for two more people's feedback and any revisions they suggest before I schedule defense. I am ready to not have such a divided focus and always have The Dissertation hanging over my shoulders. I am ready to be present instead of trying to work out what I am going to type in my mind so I'll be ready when I am able to steal five minutes with the computer. Truly my dissertation was written in stolen five minute increments.
I am so thankful for God's provision. For friends and family that have been patient with me in this season of distractedness and busyness. For a husband who has put up with me as I pursue this dream. How he encouraged me as I thought I couldn't do it right after Lorelei was born. My children have been with me through the whole journey as we became pregnant with Lorelei in my first set of classes. Oh how they will enjoy me not being in school!
If you email me or call me from here on out I vow to respond within 24 hours or at least tell you within 24 hours when you can expect to hear from me.
For right now: you will find me organizing my house room by room. I'm having a blast!