I just have to mention how grateful I am that the The Great Curriculum Swap was such a huge success! I’m so thankful to everyone who so generously gave away the books they no longer needed, and for the time it surely took them to sift through all the emails they received! Way to go everyone – because of you many people are being blessed in their home school endeavors!
And here’s something else I’m so grateful for…
Over the weekend Matt took the boys to a church retreat called Dads-n-Lads. I had the whole house to myself for about 36 hours. (I’m thankful to report that THIS year, I did not have a desperate need for a cottage cheese container or a child’s dress shoe to defend myself – yes, you do have to go read this story about what happened to me last year during Dads-n-Lads).
More importantly, I’m thankful for the time I had in my quiet house to reflect and meditate on the blessings I have as a wife and mom. There’s nothing like sending your family away for the weekend to make you really appreciate them. I did get a lot of work done, and my house stayed clean for the entire 36 hours…but I missed them all so much that I became weepy. By Sunday morning I could not bear to look into the “Lego room” because while it was full of legos…the room was way too empty. (Seriously, they were gone for a day and a half. You’d think I could have handled it better than that.)
Sunday afternoon they returned home filthy, worn out, hungry and happy. They dumped five loads worth of laundry in the bathroom and left a trail of backpacks and sleeping bags on the stairs and hallway. They were waving a wooden arrow they had created together and were all competing for my attention as they told tales of their weekend that had been filled with canoeing, bows and arrows, campfires, friends, paint ball wars, devotionals, and a bunch of other stuff I didn’t hear because they were all talking at the same time.
I smiled and breathed in all the hubbub and chaos. All was right in my world again…
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