Since this is my first entry in "The Lumpy Clay Chronicles", I suppose an explanation of the blog name is in order. First off, let be clear on one thing, I am a not a potter. I know nothing about pottery or making pottery. Once, in my early twenties, I took an official pottery class. I was REALLY bad at making anything useful out of clay, Everything I tried to make just fell in on itself back into a lump. Aside from being a bad potter, I got kicked out of a class for making an "off color" joke. As soon as the joke left my lips, I knew the instructor and the "older, wiser, and skilled potters" did not appreciate my humor. I don't think most of my readers will appreciate the joke either, so I will spare you the details. Okay, I wasn't OFFICIALLY kicked out, it was only a "suggestion" that maybe I wasn't cut out for pottery. I left class with three very lumpy paper weights.
Around the same time as my experimenting in the world of pottery, I was a college student who had just lost a great deal of weight on Weight Watchers. My friends and I went shopping for some spandex pants (LOL it was the late 80's, spandex was all the rage). Anyway.....in my new thinner body, I excitedly tugged and pulled a pair of shiny, black spandex pants over my legs. Much to my dismay, when I looked in the mirror, instead of a sleek, smooth spandex figure staring back at me, all I saw was LUMPY. In a moment I would regret, I expressed this adjective describing myself to all of my friends. The name stuck. For the next 10 years, I was known only as LUMPY. Ironically, many years later, my name came back to haunt me when I became LUMPY with cancer (that however, is for another post).
So how did I come up with the name "The Lumpy Clay Chronicles?" I am SO glad you asked!!! The blog title is based on two scriptures that mean a lot to me.
"Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand." Isaiah 64:8
image borrowed from Danny61@wordpress.com
I am only a lumpy piece of clay in the Potter's hands. My lumps and bumps have shaped me into a somewhat funny, ADHD, right brained, chaotic, eclectic, cancer surviving, homeschooling mom of two wonderful girls, and wife to an American Soldier. I am trying to live my life as a lump of clay waiting for His hands to mold me and shape me into what He wants me to be. On the few occasions I was almost a "jar"!!! I was so close. However, similar to my own pottery experience of the clay falling in on itself to become a lumpy paper weight, I did the same thing! I chose to jump off the potter's wheel, creating many cracks in my pottery. However, He loves me enough to pick me up and place me back on the wheel time after time. So here I am, blogging world!!! Are you ready? I have many tales from my view here on the Potter's Wheel. I hope you enjoy reading them, as much as I enjoy writing them. I have stocked up on my Dramamine. I get a little motion sick when trying to type and spin at the same time.