What to do when there’s a lockout

1. Wait.

2. Try to stay positive while you wait.

3. Say lots of prayers for it to end soon, or to find the good out of it.

4. Try to stay as busy as possible.

5. Don’t (or try not to) get too overwhelmed by the fact you can’t plan ANYTHING.

6. Keep shopping or buying unnecessary items to a minimum.

7. Experience other things you most likely would not have if the season had started.

8. Wait some more.

9. Don’t get your hopes up.

10. Make your apartment feel like home.

I can’t take any credit for the decorating. We rented it fully furnished.

11. Try to make some sort of routine.

12. Bake

Cookies from our favorite restaurant on our honeymoon!

Pumpkin Blondies from Mag-Pie’s and More

13. Workout (so the excess baking doesn’t catch up to you as quickly)

14. Start doing all the crafty things you see on Pinterest.

Chevron Pumpkins

15. Stay as positive as you can for your hubby who is the one really missing what he does for a living.

16. Be as patient as possible when family and friends ask, “When is this lockout going to end?” πŸ˜‰

15. Experiment with all different recipes for dinner.

Baked Wings, Procuitto Egg Sandi, Chili, Homemade Pizza

The possibilities are endless when it comes to lockout activities, but in all reality this lockout is no fun at all! All those things are fun for a certain amount of time, but after awhile all you want is your husband to be employed and doing what he loves to do everyday! You want to know what is going on. You want to go to Rexall almost every other night to cheer on your hubby and the the rest of the team. You want to be able to plan when you can see your family and friends next. You want to make some sort of routine out of this crazy lifestyle. You just want things to go back to “normal.”

Until then, we just wait. We wait to hear if he is going to play overseas for the time being, we wait to see if this season is even going to start this year, we wait for any other information. It’s just a big ole waiting game.

Patience is not my virtue…it is Jeff’s, so that’s good!

And while we wait, it is only natural to think of every scenario possible that could happen in the next month…or even year.

It honestly can give you a headache. Or in my case, make you feel sick to your stomach…all day, everyday. So, you have to do your best to stay busy with other things, stay positive, and don’t read twitter.

The one consistent reminder I keep telling myself during this whole process is, Proverbs 3: 5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways submit toΒ  him, and he will make your paths straight.

I may not have a clue what is in store for us tomorrow, or if this hockey season is going to start anytime soon, but I do know God has a plan for us and will make sure everything works out the way it is supposed to along the way! Just gotta keep my eyes up πŸ™‚


5 thoughts on “What to do when there’s a lockout

  1. ShelleyMackay says:

    Well said– hang in there!! I love you!

  2. CM says:

    so well written – I know that this is as hard on you as it is on Jeff! I have spent enough Falls with you to know that your favorite activity is to sit down with a pencil bag full of colored Sharpies and your new school planner, decorating each day in that fancy handwriting. I’m thinking about you two and hoping this is soon sorted out so Jeff can get back on the ice. πŸ™‚

    16) Vent vent vent all you need to in an email to your friend in Africa. She will try to reply with something that will make you laugh. πŸ˜‰

    • shelley mackay says:

      so sweet!!! i’m glad julie has friends like you murph!!! made me get teary!!! love you girls and pray for y’all as you are both on your new journeys!!xoxoxo

  3. Maggie says:

    Will say my prayers for you and Jeff! Continue to stay positive! Hope those blondies helped a bit πŸ™‚ Hugs from Ohio!

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