Spring. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…..
I can’t help it, I get poetic about the amazing weather and flowers popping out everywhere. It’s such a nice change from brown grass and chilly rain. It doesn’t get super cold here, but it’s still enough to make your bones feel frozen.
We’ve been spring cleaning around here. Every afternoon I work on one spot in the house, cleaning and organizing it. I am doing it slowly in an attempt to trick myself into thinking I’m not really working. It’s just one drawer or a bookshelf or cabinet, right? No biggie. And so far the illusion seems to be successful. I am getting things done and not feeling overwhelmed.
Since we have a houseful of company this week the cleaning is going to slow down, but that’s OK. We can pick it back up next week. It’s not like the mess is going anywhere.
My oldest daughter is home from Dallas with her favorite guy. All of our older kids will be attending the Christian Worldview Film Festival together this week. It’s something they look forward to every year. Another daughter made a short film that’s playing in the festival, so we are all excited to see it on the big screen. I may cry during the showing, ‘cuz that’s what my mother heart does when I see one of my kids reaching for their dreams. When she goes to the Academy Awards in a few years to accept her award for Best New Screenplay, she should probably not ask me to be her +1. I’ll cry the ugly cry and embarrass when she is being interviewed by Ryan Seacrest.
We also have a couple of other friends staying here this week so it’s a full house. That means lots of extra food and toilet paper and laundry detergent. I went to Costco and stocked up as best I could, but I am sure there were holes in my plan and I will have to make a few grocery runs during the festival. It’s my goal to make that part of their week easy so they can just enjoy the fellowship.
Last night a few extra young adults joined us all for dinner and it was such a special time. In our dining room there are 2 tables, a long one where our whole family eats our daily meals and a shorter table where we generally do school and it doubles as an extra when we have a lot of people over. The 20-somethings all sat around the long table with a few of my teens. James and I sat at the shorter table with our little boys and were supposed to be talking to eat other. But I couldn’t focus on my table conversation because I was too busy soaking in the joy of having a table full of godly, smart, laughing, young adults next to me.
I promise I wasn’t listening in on their conversations. I really was not paying attention to what they were saying at all. I just absorbed the joy of it. This is my dream…..happy kids with happy friends all helping each other find their way in the world. Watching a toddler learn to walk is amazing, but it’s really just a shadow of watching your grown child learn to walk into their adult life. It makes my heart explode with the sweetness.
The only negative to my whole weekend was the ridiculous annoyance of Daylight Savings Time, which has thrown my internal clock into a tizzy and I can’t wake up. Like, all day. I practically fell asleep last night at 8:00, which shouldn’t happen because doesn’t my body think it’s 7:00 and I should be fully awake?! But NO! I think I have DTS induced narcolepsy.
So I will be half sleep-walking through my week with all of these house guests and my beautiful daughter visiting and the film festival. I hope I can wake up enough to at least get the rest of the groceries we need.
Have a great week…..I’ll be soaking in the sun, the kids, their friends a few naps and my partially clean house.