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How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?

by Andrea Updyke

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I feel like one of the nuns in The Sound of Music. Only in this case, Maria is less “troubled young woman unsure of what she wants out of life” and more “why are good things stressing me out?”

We got an offer on our house and we negotiated a deal.

I know you generally aren’t supposed to talk about these things until they are but a distant memory as you unpack your lives into a new “forever home”. But this is where I am. This is my Maria.

In short, I am thrilled, exhilerated, stunned, amazed, shocked, excited, anxious, nervous, a little sick to my stomach, restless and frazzled to the very end of my rope. I lie awake at night thinking half the time about what could go wrong, and spending the other half planning out paint colors and appliances and rearranging fake furniture in my head over and over again.


We have a ways to go on both the sale of our home and the purchase of a new home, which we also have under contract. It’s a sort of confused limbo where my brain doesn’t know whether it can relax and feel at ease or continue plotting and planning for the worst.

And perhaps the problem isn’t my Maria.

Maybe I AM Maria.

I can’t seem to stop singing wherever I am. And what’s worse, I can’t seem to stop saying things – anything and everything I think and feel.

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Sarah Pinnix October 13, 2010 - 9:47 pm

I made that last quote my Facebook status. That is awesome! And I can totally relate!!! Those times in life are always torture for me, but give me good practice in trusting God

Angie October 13, 2010 - 9:50 pm

I so feel you. Sorry I missed your call tonight. Will talk tomorrow. Oh, and I’m putting that quote of facebook, too! 🙂

Amy @ A Million Boxes October 14, 2010 - 9:27 am

First, stay away from the Nazis.

Second, my mantra right now is hope for the best, prepare for the worst. It’s been crazy with my Dad, but we were more mentally prepared because we considered “what could happen.” There are always a million variables, a million things that can happen, but hopefully won’t. Recognize that things can go wrong, but the important thing for everyone to focus on is the Hope.

Paige October 14, 2010 - 10:12 am

Hang in there! It’s awesome that so far things are moving quickly. I can’t wait for the dinner invite at your new place 😉

Jenchak October 14, 2010 - 11:39 am

uh-huh, yup, yes, yep… i know. 🙂

Shayla October 14, 2010 - 10:59 pm

Just drink another glass of Biltmore Reisling and keep on singing.

oh and… He works all things together for your good.


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