Well? How was your weekend?
It was pretty quiet around here. It was supposed to be busy, but things got cancelled and changed and it turned out to be kinda slow, which was so nice.
On Saturday it was just me and my younger three boys at home, so I told them that if they got all of their chores done quickly they could have the afternoon free. The only requirement for their free time was that at least an hour of it had to be doing something outside.
I could hear them plotting while they swept and folded the clothes. By the time we were all done with chores they had a whole plan in motion. Their plan included sword fights, super heroes, eating nachos and playing wii. That was perfect for me because my plan included ignoring them for the afternoon while I caught up on my reading. I have two books that I am in the middle of, one fiction and one non-fiction. There are always two because sometimes I’m in the mood for educating myself and other times I’m in the mood to get swept away in a great story. This day it was fiction.
I settled in my bedroom and read my delicious book. When the day was over I was feeling pretty refreshed. I mean, what’s more relaxing than a clean house and happy kids who are playing together? Nothing, I tell you, nothing.
On Sunday we visited a new church for the second time. The whole finding-a-church thing is so hard. You visit one for a few weeks, realize it’s really not the right fit for you and you move on. Sometimes it’s obvious why the place is not right for you and sometimes it’s just a sense after much prayer and discussion. We have had several great churches in our past that we loved and loved the people, but since we moved here many years ago that connection really hasn’t happened. We’ve attended some for years, but not had that sense of belonging. I’m not sure why God has kept us in this dry place, but we have continued the search and are not giving up.
After we got home yesterday it was the best part of my week….Sunday nap. I mean to tell you my Sunday nap is critical to my well being the rest of the week. I slept for 2 hours and woke up wondering where I was. After a second I rolled over and just laid there…oh yeah, it’s Sunday. It’s really the only day I can just let myself wake up slowly without someone waiting for me to help them or asking me a question. There was nothing pressing, no work to do, no kids needing me for anything.
If you’re feeling jealous over my Saturday reading and Sunday napping, hear me when I tell you that these things were impossible for me for about 20 years. With 9 kids and homeschooling and living on a hobby farm, there’s never been much time for rest. So this is a new season and you will get there too. When the babies are little it seems so far away, then you blink and you’re there wishing for them to be little again. But not too little….’cuz that nap was pretty awesome.
This week it’s gonna be me bracing myself for the oncoming heat wave. The temps are rising steadily and are expected to be 90 by the weekend. That’s nothin’ compared to what’s ahead, but still too hot for this A/C loving mama.
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