Mrs. Gore Recovers from Magic Mike Madness 2012

As the words I wrote last Saturday afternoon made their journey across the illustrious internets, I was traveling with my husband to the state of Arkansas for his beloved Grandpa’s funeral.

I have much more to share on that in the days (or weeks) to come.

Thus, for two days of my sure-to-be short-lived blog “fame”, I had very limited internet access, and so, when we finally returned home late last night, I was most eager to spend a little time trying to soak in the explosion that had become my blog stats and comments (Ohhhhh, those comments), while the opportunity was still mine.

But we have these kids, you see.

And I make it a point to sit and watch nearly every minute of their growth and theatrics (that is, when I’m not escaping to the master bedroom to take deep breaths and beg God for patience).

And I had been away from them for two whole days…

In other words, my body was aching for them and my eyes were thirsty to drink in the sight of their ornery little faces. Even though I was positively dyin’ to get in here and watch my computer screen.

With the help of Mr. Gore, I was able to appease all of us, publishing the post I had written on our long drive home, occasionally checking stats and comments, and still somehow managing to play with the kids and read to them before tucking them into bed late that evening. It was something of a miracle, probably having much to do with the fact that my Mom had mopped all of my floors and tidied up the house while I was gone.

But today, I planned to indulge a bit and spend more time than usual on the computer, for, really…things like this (meaning, blog explosions) don’t happen everyday, especially here at Mrs. Gore’s Diary.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity…” I told myself, as I ignored the dishes during my kids nap time so I could sit here and refresh and refresh and refresh and refresh and refresh and refresh my page, continuing to shake my head in disbelief as the numbers continued to rise to nearly 100,000 visits today, to blink away tears at the hundreds of precious and humbling comments from my brothers and sisters in the faith, and, admittedly, to scratch my head at the criticisms and anger of those who could so grossly misread my heart and the words that I shared here about Biblical manliness (or who thought I was saying John Wayne is the epitome of a godly man. Believe me, if I had known the entire world was going to read this, I would have made that point a bit clearer!).

Nevertheless, it was a glorious afternoon, entertaining and eye-opening and exciting andΒ so. much. FUN.

And it just didn’t last long enough…

Because we have these kids, you see.

Naptime can only last so long.

So I walked away once more from the computer for awhile, my eyes readjusting to reality and the family life that I am immersed in every day.

We played.

We read.

We ate.

We were grouchy with each other.

We laughed.

And then finally, while Mr. Gore was helping some friends move in down the street, and I just couldn’t stay away from the computer any longer, I made a swift decision and called it an early night, taking the portable DVD player upstairs for the “big kids”, loading a Baby Einstein movie into the downstairs DVD player, and I was just bending over to sit Betsie down to watch it so I could have some uninterrupted blog time…

when she reached up and grabbed my shoulder with one hand and my right arm with the other.

You should know that, although she was my cuddliest baby ever, this rarely happens anymore.

I sank down beside her on the floor, afraid to breath…

and she nestled her soft little head down on my shoulder.

Still standing, she remained flush against me as I sat Indian-style on the hard floor, enjoying her warmth even as I planned how I would slip away from her once the DVD started, hopefully sneaking back into the office to once more bask in the unprecedented fun and drama that waited for me on my computer.

But the words that I had repeated to myself all day – “this is a once in a lifetime opportunity” – fell across my heart with the undeniable conviction of the Spirit, and I realized that yes, THIS, too, doesn’t happen everyday…

I took a deep and decisive breath, hefted both of us into my favorite leather chair and pulled her into my lap where she remained cuddled up on my shoulder during her entire 30-minute movie. We just breathed together, my baby and me, on our unusually quiet 1st floor, and my heart proclaimed it again and again to the God who hears me…

Thank you…thank you…thank you…thank you…thank you…

for all of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that I have experienced this week….this day…this very hour. But especially for this one.”

Life and life abundant.

It was a good 30 minutes for me.

It gave me time to step away for a minute and dwell on the wise advice my husband gave me (back on Monday when we were shocked that I had had 5,000 visitors) about “where to go from here”, and with confidence and joy in my heart, I’ve settled upon a wonderful decision…

These moments are what life is about.

These are the moments that I have been writing about since I started journaling in high school and blogging in January 2011.

And these are the kind of moments that inspired “Magic Mike Who?”

Real moments. Family moments. God-ordained moments.

And so, ridiculously fun as this has been, I’m not going to put pressure on myself to write another viral post.

I’m not going to look for the next controversial topic so that I might weigh in and keep the ear of Facebook.

I’m not going to try to work the system while the time is right for that long-coveted book deal or for sponsors or for “a following”.

I’m just going to keep doing what I’ve been doing, drinking in this beautiful life, and sharing it with anyone who wants to listen, whether that is 200,000 people, or 140 people or…my Mom and Aunt Bea (who always call each other after I’ve published a post to discuss it. So long as they keep doing that, I most certainly will keep writing!).

“Magic Mike Who?” has literally been the surprise of my life…quite possibly the most bizarre thing that has EVER happened to me…and an unexpected blessing that I will cherish forever…

but the star of that post and of every post I write is not John Wayne or the men of the church or my family.

It is the God who makes our broken lives lovely and our sinful hearts holy…

The God who makes babies reach out for their Mamas at just the right time…

The God who uses our talents in sometimes very surprising ways…

The God who, through joy OR pain, makes life breathtakingly and heart wrenchingly beautiful.

One last time, before I move onto other things, and other posts that I have been working on well before “Magic Mike” came along, I want to thank each of you who shared my post on Facebook, who took the time to share your thoughts in the comments section (even knowing they would remain unseen), and who have found Mrs. Gore’s Diary on Facebook. (Oh! And I can’t forget Pinterest! We’re even pinning together now, Β you and I!)

I feel so blessed to have helped any of my brothers or sisters who were struggling with this movie or who felt alone in their journey, I am broken for those who revile against God and His children, and I am hopeful, that the gospel of Christ has planted itself into the hearts of some who needed to hear it at this particular time.

I could, of course, go on forever, but…

I’ve got these kids, you see.

I would also like to add that I will be allowing comments* on non-Magic Mike posts from now on (including this one), although I can’t promise to always respond to them. (I’ve got these kids, you see…). I do LOVE hearing from you all, and can’t wait to get to know you better. God bless you.

~

*As ever, I reserve the right to allow only edifying comments for those who visit my site.Β 

38 thoughts on “Mrs. Gore Recovers from Magic Mike Madness 2012

    • Just wanted to say how happy and blessed and excited I am to have found your blog! My friend shared your Magic Mike post and I loved it so much I had to read your Good News too. When I finished that one, I knew I’d met a sister. I’m Tracy, mother of 3 wonderful young men, and fledgling grandmother of the first little girl in our family. Talk about a new experience! I know it’s cliche, but they do grow up way to fast, so soak up every moment. And in ever moment of exhaustion, know this… when their skinned knees have all been bandaged and their home work has all been done, after their first jobs have helped pay for the first clunkers, after their first kisses drive you back to your knees to pray for their future mates, after you’ve walked the aisle and given in marriage… when the exhaustion of motherhood quiets… one of God’s beautiful little life blessings arrives and putts you back on your knees – with blocks. Grandmother-hood rocks!

      Love you already and can’t wait to meet you and your beautiful family! See you at the table, sis. I’ll be the redhead with the horrible manicure (no matter where you’re headed later, the answer to “Grandma can I do your nails” is always, yes!)

      P.S. I posted as a reply to another comment cause I couldn’t get the “Leave a Comment” like to work. Sorry! Old laptop. Old software. Nuff said.

  1. How, oh how did I never find your blog before? Perhaps because I, too, have kids… πŸ™‚ I am very thankful I have found you now, and i look forward to reading your posts every chance I get.

  2. I’m so glad I saw your Magic Mike post mentioned in a friend’s facebook status. Whoever and wherever you are, Mrs. Gore, your words are full of Godly wisdom! Thank you for sharing that wisdom in such thoughtful and thought-provoking ways. God is using you in a beautiful manner!

  3. I am thankful that God is using ‘Magic Mike’ to bring us all together. I am loving the beauty, godliness and humor of your writing and am looking forward to each new post. I’ve subscribed and would like to know if I may occasionally share some of them with my ladies bible study or my grandmother’s group. We grandmothers love anything about children you see.

  4. Amen sister!

    And like you…I have these kids… I don’t get to do all I’d like to do on blog, biz, etc….but they’re only kids so long. I lost 4 years of my son’s first years due to havin to work long long hours to support us, I don’t want to lose the rest (he’s 10) while he’s still a kid.

    I’ve been browsing around your blog–keep up the good work, keep serving the Lord, and doing what you are doing. πŸ™‚

  5. I found your blog because of “Magic Mike Who?”. I have really enjoyed reading it and I can totally relate to what you write! I’m glad I found you!

    • PS. You were spot on on your take of “Magic Mike” ! My husband could be added to the list too! It was a good reminder of what a Godly man is!

  6. “Magic Mike Who” was the first of your blogs that I have read. I was so thankful for your stand in that situation and so impressed by your writing. I enjoyed this post, also, and thanks for sharing your beautiful children with us.

  7. I came through Facebook, but stayed for the community–my wife is about to have a kid, you see! She wants to start a blog of our cross-country journey (for me to start a phd) and raising our first baby (due in August, same week as classes!) I’ll encourage her to read yours for inspiration.

  8. Just by your busyness and challenge ‘finding time to respond’ you made such an important point in this post!!!! “I’ve Got These Kids, You See” was said in a way (& shared with darling photos!) that most don’t mean when we are kept from our personal agenda by our children. Thank you for that sweet reminder, that gentle way of identifying and referencing your priorities! A real blessing woven through a post about a mom who had something great happen in her life but kept her focus where it should be! (and I’m horribly sorry for the cruel comments you received on “Magic Mike Who?” I agreed with you wholeheartedly and have been just as flabbergasted by ‘Christian’ women and their callousness to lust and sexual sinfulness – and the dishonor it is to their husbands! The lack of a call to holiness in our churches both scares and sadness me. Thank you for calling it the way God sees it!

  9. I applaud you for your willingness and centeredness on sharing Christ with not just the world outside, but for drawing clear lines and focusing on the ones within your wall! Man, I wish we could do lunch. But I’m betting central Texas is quite a jaunt from wherever you are! πŸ˜€

  10. Mrs. Gore, once again, I needed this today. My heart needed it today. if you ever see I have liked your post, just know that that is me, saying thank you for ministering to a young wife’s heart once again.

  11. I’m glad you didn’t let it all go to your head and strive for that next ‘viral’ post. The ‘magic mike who’ post was excellent and said so much that I had to share it on FB. I chalk it up to having God at the center of my life that I wasn’t even interested enough to give Magic Mike or 50 Shades a second thought. I have added your blog to my reader on Google and look forward to reading more of your posts in the future.

    Great posts, lady!

  12. Humbling. Inspiring. Motivating. God-centered.

    These are some of the things that are coursing through my spirit while reading all of your various blog posts. The way God has used your craft for writing in a way that touches my heart and draws me closer to him, is inspiring and motivating. Every ounce of our being should be focused on God. It’s evident your life reflects this and it’s encouraging to hear your daily testimony. May God use me in a way that draws others closer to him.

    Just tonight, instead of rushing through out usual bedtime routine with the kids, ages 4 and 1, we took time as a family to read the Bible and pray together (a routine we have wanted to have from the beginning). As much as we do this individually, coming together as a family unit, developing this discipline in our children, honors God and places his authority over our lives and our family. I thank you for giving me the motivation and nudge to follow through on this.

    Many blessings to you and your family, and may God continue to use you for his glory.

  13. I enjoyed reading this post and am thankful that you chose the better part. As a mom whose girls are grown, I would love to have a moment again where I could hold them as they snuggled into me. Your words encouraged me and brought back sweet memories. Thank you.

  14. I have been watching your stardom from afar these last few days and have to say that I am quite impressed at your post today. It is your heart to talk about real life and its beauty that makes your blog what it is…and it just so happened that last week the world just decided to look up and see for this moment what you’ve been talking about all along. I admire your humility and insight in looking to the future as a future of continuing to write what you’ve always been writing and not to look for the next big “issue” to write on. Your narrative of everyday life is what the world stopped to see and what God purposed to use this week in a *powerful* way, and I so affirm what you already know…keep writing through your lens of seeing life as a beautiful gift!

  15. i have been on a struggle lately…finally finding the right road and you remind me every day how God truly is amazing..thanks so please continue with your writing because it inspires me greatly

  16. What a beautiful post. Thank you so much for being able to focus on your priorities, and being able to share your heart at the same time! πŸ™‚ I’m really, really glad I found your blog. Be BLESSED!

  17. Like so many others, I found your blog by my beautiful wife sharing your Magic Mike post. I actually wasn’t even familiar with the film – I commented: “I have a old bass CD from ‘DJ Magic Mike’ but I’m guessing this isn’t the same person…”

    As a husband, father of two toddler-age girls and unworthy servant of Jesus Christ, I am edified by your description of what an authentic man looks like and I strive to be that man for my wife (did I mention she’s incredible?), my family and those to whom I minister.

    Thank you for your powerful witness and for being such an effective “pencil in the hands of God”. Your blog has a new fan in me. May our Lord bless you and your family always.

    Chris Grella
    People Of God Community
    Pittsburgh, PA

  18. I am another reader that tripped across your ‘Magic Mike’ blog and appreciated it enough to poke around your previous blogs. What was supposed to be a short read turned into sitting for another 2 hours reading almost every post you have ever written. I am hooked. I love your candor and transparency. I look forward to future posts!

  19. I agree with so many of the comments above, that the wonder of the Magic Mike Who? blog was that it led us to discover YOU… and it’s the everyday kind of posts you write that we fell in love with at that moment, not necessarily the controversial ones or that ponder the deep questions of society. We simply love the way you view your life and your God and your family (those kids times 3!) and write about them so honestly and beautifully. Thanks for sharing it all with us. The best thing about the movie Magic Mike is that it led hordes of us to you!

  20. I stumbled across your blog as a result of your Magic Mike post and I was immediately drawn to your willingness to share Truth despite being culturally deviant. I look forward to following you regardless of if your posts go viral or not πŸ™‚

  21. I am hooked, too. You don’t need to try to impress the world. Just keep on as writing as you have been. THAT is what I love about you…your humility…and incredible talent!! You’ve convicted me on my proper role as mom/wife, to my wonderful ‘magic husband’ and 4 beautiful children ages 8,6,4, & 2. They keep me hoppin’! But, too often, I forget that…”I’ve got these kids, you see.” No matter what, MY FAMILY MUST COME FIRST!! (How DO you plan such awesome parties for your kids?? They are so lucky! And that Cousin Show…SO precious. Yup, I’m hooked, warts and all! πŸ™‚

  22. This is great. I read a lot of your other posts and while I thought the Magic Mike post was good, this was REALLY good πŸ˜‰

  23. I read your post all the way from Ecuador, where we are serving as missionaries. I have observed all the hoopla over Magic Mike and 50 Shades of Grey from afar with a mixture of incredulity and horror. Thank you for taking a stand on this issue. I read all of your posts related to Magic Mike and many of the comments. It is apparent that what you wrote blessed and encouraged many people… but I also applaud your decision to remain focused on what is really important in life (your family, your kids) and to be present for them. That was the encouragement I really needed today — I have no desire to see Magic Mike!

  24. I am new to this blogging thing, but thought I should take the time to tell you how much “Magic Mike Who?” blessed my heart, I’ve been shaking my head from the beginning of the “Magic Mike hype”. When I saw your post about it…well, I couldn’t have said it better. I commend you for saying exactly what needed to be said on the issue. Godly men are attractive and entriguing, not Magic Mike. I continued on to read a lot of your other posts and can see how God is truly blessing your life. Thank you for encouraging me to continue on the narrow road! I will definitely be keeping up with your blog from now.

  25. I found you when a friend posted the Magic Mike story on their Facebook page. But I will be following you because of this wonderful post I just read. It warmed my heart.

  26. I, too, found you through a friends FB-post on “Magic Mike”. I sorta wanted to see it,….until I read your post of “turning it around”. I’ve used that phrase SO MANY times myself that it REALLY struck a chord in me. I will be going back through all of your previous posts…when I have a chance, as I have 2 wonderful daughters of my own (ages 1 and almost 3)

  27. Just found your blog this morning ….and I must say I love you ;). No seriously….you have had me crying and laughing reading many of your posts (that started with the magic mike one of course;)….and I love how through blogging you can feel so connected with someone you have never met. I look so forward to continuing reading you blog….and following your AMAZING pinterst boards that I have already repinned…oh about 200 pins from πŸ˜‰

    My poor neglected blog is http://www.missmaggierae.blogspot.com
    I have been extra busy with my 3 baby girls and a huge remodel we are doing ourselves ….but hope to get back to blogging more often πŸ˜‰

  28. I found your blog today when a friend shared it on Facebook… you are STILL making your rounds. lol I loved what you had to say on the Magic Mike post. I have taken a look around and have bookmarked your blog to read further. Thank you for sharing your heart with the world. God Bless!!

  29. Love it.. Thanks for sharing.. I had tears in my eyes.. I think you are the long lost friend I’ve been looking for.. lol Honestly though, it’s very refreshing to read “real life” sometimes. I think we all get too caught up in the hype of the so called “reality” shows that really aren’t, so thank you for being real.

  30. I arrived at your blog thru a friend’s post on Facebook wherein she shared your Majic Mike post. As I always enjoy browsing blogs beyond whatever post might’ve drawn me to it at first, I clicked your header to read the most recent post and I am glad I did. Even though I am the mother of five grown children and am soon to be a grandmother, your post was refreshing and very timely. I don’t get the days with my children like you posted about as they are either living in another state, living in another home with a wife, living three hours south of home, or working/socializing quite often. In short, I am suffering the dreaded and all-too-soon-arrived-at Empty Nest. I don’t like living here! I miss my babies! But your post helped me to realize that even though there are very few “moments” with my children these days, I will cherish the ones I do get. Thanks for the reminder.

  31. I came over because of the Magic Mike post. But I stayed and I’m glad that I did. Loved this post. It’s nice to get a reminder. My babies are so precious (I have two.) and I want to make sure that I’m cherishing every single moment. Thanks for the Godly influence and “mom” thoughts. They are appreciated.

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