Wow! Has this week gone by as fast for you as it has for me? I think not.
I can hardly believe my children will be back in their soft, clean beds by this time tomorrow night. By this tomorrow I will have multiple piles of stinky laundry sorted in the hall outside the laundry room. By this time tomorrow my clean floors will be scattered with camp dirt. By this time tomorrow my ears will be talked off by seven children recapping their week-long adventures.
By this time tomorrow my chicks will be back in the nest where they belong, my husband and I will go back to emailing as our primary mode of communication, and life will go back to the infamous "normal".
No more meals out with friends.
No more uninterrupted time for projects.
No more leisurely shopping at new stores (no picture for this one, so instead I'm inserting two pictures of my new jewelry box - the one that matches my bathroom, came in a camera-sized box, but does not take pictures.)
I've learned some things this week.
- My children are not the only reason I don't get more done.
- Quiet can be distracting.
- I don't really care for water. It needs a little fizz.
- I enjoy being with friends and having the time to pay attention to what they're saying. Normally, knowing that any second I could be interrupted, my friends and I talk simultaneously. We hear each other, almost miraculously and much to my husband's wonderment, but I now know we could listen with our hearts if we made the time to take turns :)
- I would not eat well if I was childless. I honestly don't think I would ever cook if I didn't have children. It seems like such a waste.
- My devotions are more meaningful if I do them mid-morning, when I'm fully awake and have taken care of the morning chores that usually scream out at me while I'm trying to read or pray. (Problem is, by mid-morning the kids are also screaming out at me.)
Here's a project I never got to finish - although I did get some fabric out to experiment on.
I also never read the first page of a magazine.
Did not put my school books up for sale.
Did not work on the portfolios.
Did not go room-by-room to make a list of must-dos.
Did not eat from a plate every meal.
Maybe next year :)
P.S. Did you notice my site is under construction?! Hunter is helping me revamp it.
He promised to give me a cooler looking blog if I promised not to keep talking about how F-A-T I looked on the blog. (What would I do without the constant input my older kids give me about how to live my life? It's amazing I've made it 50+ years by my porcine ol' self. Don't worry. I never taught him the definition of porcine :)