This is very easy to type, but putting it into practice is challenging for me. I've long held this notion that if everyone would just stop for a couple of days, I could get my act together and then things would run more smoothly and we'd enjoy life more. Of course we all know that we can't snap our fingers and cease time while we do this, so what's a wife and mom to do?
I'm still working on it. I do notice that we go through seasons, not just the 4 on our yearly calendar, but phases in which some activities are easier to accomplish than others. As Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes chapter 3, there is a time for just about everything. As I seem to get one set of circumstances or a situation under control, a new series appears.
That would explain my long absence from writing here. Nearly a year and a half! It would take me that long to write it all out, so I will simply summarize.
- Finalization of the adoption of our two youngest children.
- Crazy summers in which we try to continue lessons in our homeschool AND enjoy all the activities offered in our community (summer reading programs with awesome field trips, vacation Bible schools, Jr ranger camp and an assortment of other fun things).
- A brief period in which I felt we were settling into a new normal.
- A good upheaval when we welcomed another foster child into our family, and the adjustment period that goes along with that (such as figuring out how 6 people were going to fit into the space that a couple of years ago was seemingly inadequate for just 3 of us).
- The holiday season-rehearsals for the church Christmas program, preparing for Thanksgiving and Tony's birthday, days away cutting firewood for the winter, furniture rearranging so that a Christmas tree can be put up and decorated, and the celebration of TWO birthdays right after the new year starts.
- Another new normal that includes 4 children and Tony working out of town (and sometimes even out of state!) for days at a time.
- A not so good upheaval when said foster child was relocated.
- Spring on the farm and the anticipation of new baby farm animals! We missed the births of all of them, lost a couple during labor & delivery, and had to bottle feed one.
- With spring comes little league baseball, which rolls right into summer vacation and another crazy fun summer similar to number 2.
- Which brings us to the period we're in now-a new first for all of us-youth football and cheer leading, with practice 3 nights a week and games on Saturdays.