Today I’m heading to the city for a big grocery run. Sam’s, Costco and Target better be ready for the mission I am on to get it all done is under 2 hours so I can spend the rest of my day perusing through other stores where I have no intention of buying anything. I am in need of a girlie day and I intend to make it happen. I may pop into Home Goods or anthropologie. I don’t know. It really doesn’t matter. It will be quiet with no agenda which is all I really want.
I generally get myself into some kind of trouble when I go to the city. I don’t know how it happens, but either my skirt falls off or I can’t find the sunglasses on the top of my head so I go into a panic. But I am going to be extra careful today ‘cuz you know, ain’t nobody got time for that.
The past couple of weeks of homeschool have been a lot to manage. For some reason it looks like this will be my toughest year yet and getting it all done will only be possible with the help of prayer, a tight schedule and some days like today where I disappear from all discussions of sentence diagrams and the fall of the Roman Empire.
This mom needs a day away from it all occasionally. You can read here about how I have always taken a night off each week and tips n how I did that even when my kids were little. But I haven’t been able to do it for several weeks and I am running on an empty tank over here.
I know myself and the way I fill my tank is by having some alone time. If you’re an extrovert you might need the opposite….time around other people (specifically grown-ups) to get those juices flowing. If I don’t get some quality alone time every couple of weeks I start to unravel. And nobody wants to see that.
Once I get home tonight there will only be enough time to unload the groceries (which, of course, I have my people do for me) and go to bed. We have a conference to go to on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I will be attending the Forge Conference with James and some of the older kids. I’m excited to hear some deep teaching and meet up with some precious families. We have all been looking forward to it for the past few months.
Then on Saturday night my sister and I (along with our husbands, of course) will take my parents out to a fancy-pants dinner to celebrate their 50th anniversary. It will be fun to get all dressed up. That is a rare event in the life of this Texas farm wife.
All in all it’s a full week of good stuff that will most likely leave me exhausted by Sunday night. But it’ll be that good kind of exhausted where you know your week was so full of goodness and hard work that you can sleep like a baby. By the time the weekend is over my tank should be nice and full again and I will be ready to hit the ground running (or at least fast walking) on Monday morning.
What do you do to fill your tank?
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