Gratituesday: Listen to the Silence

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Do you hear that? 

Ahhhh. Nothin’. Not a thing. I’m the only one home right now. (I’m writing this on Monday afternoon.)

Since it was such a beautiful day today, several of my friends and I met at the park with our kids to have a picnic and play. For once…my boys were not very interested in food…but more interested in playing in the sunshine. Whoa.

THEN, as we were packing up to go home…somehow all of my boys got farmed out to go play at their friend’s houses. ALL OF THEM. 

I came home by myself. ALL BY MYSELF. 

This so rarely happens…which is fine of course. I like being around my kids…usually and except for when they’re fighting. But oh the quietness around me right now is quite lovely.

On my way home…I stopped by our health food store and treated myself to a bottle of mineral water and a bottle of organic lemonade. I mixed them together and now, I’m sipping on a yummy,refreshing, fizzy glass of delightfulness. AND NO ONE IS ASKING FOR A DRINK OF IT. 

Later…when they come home…I’ll be so happy to see them and I might find it in my heart to share.

Oh, but for now, I am grateful for the rare quietness that I hear around me. It’s a blessing to be refreshed. 
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  1. says

    Oh, I can so relate to enjoying something to eat or drink with no one asking for some of it! And loving the silence. Before having kids I always had the TV or stereo on when at home, but now I love the silence when I can get it!!!

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  2. says

    ever since I heard it the saying “silence is golden but duct take is silver” has made me smile every time I hear it. But you’re right, the noise is always a welcomed sound again.

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  3. says

    I love quiet! It’s actually the reason I get up at the crack of dawn… it’s so peaceful – it’s worth the missed sleep every time!

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  4. says

    Laura,

    I’m so thankful that you had some time to yourself. Every mother needs time for the 4 R’s: Rest, Relaxation, Rejuvanation, and Renewal. (There are other R’s, of course…my favorite is a rub-down – massage of back/feet…

    GIGATTAATTGIG,
    Patti

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  5. says

    We must be in the same stage of life! I wrote my post yesterday; couldn’t believe the subject of your Gratituesday when I came over this morning to link up! Hope we both enjoy a few more moments of quiet this week!

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  6. says

    I recently started working outside of the home. It is only about 20 hours a week, but I found myself in a similar situation yesterday. I finished up work at about 2 p.m., headed downstairs to the Frontier cafe, sat in one of their cozy armchairs overlooking the river, and plugged in my laptop for about an hour and a half of uninterrupted computer time. Luxurious!

    Jen
    http://www.ListPlanIt.com

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  7. says

    Oh, I totally know what you mean about enjoying free time! My kids are at Avon’s as I type… such a blessing indeed. I never realized how much I needed it until the drive back home. I drove most of the way in silence and felt like a whole new woman by the time I walked in the door!

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  8. says

    Thank you for the opportunity to meditate on the ture and praiseworthy things in my life today. I hope this is an infectious disease and everyone catches it. *smile* Have a great day knowing God loves you. Blessings.-me-(Mommy of two little blessings)

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  9. says

    Okay, so I’ve been a mother for a little over 5 weeks, I don’t exactly need a break yet. But the most surprising/hardest thing for me to get used to is that I’m NEVER off duty. I get little breaks sometimes when she’s sleeping and lets me lay her down, when her daddy is home, or when she’s happily cooing in her bouncer (although she’s irresistable then!), but as a breastfeeding mother, I can’t just say, “Okay, tonight I’m going to have a full night’s sleep” or “I’m going shopping for a few hours–by myself!” Of course the other suprising thing is that despite being sleep deprived, behind on everything, and desperately needing to run errands that would be complicated with a one month old, I really don’t want to leave her–ever. I think by the time we can be separate for a few hours without harm, I will be ready for a break. But this mother stuff does not allow for much down time! Enjoy!

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