This past Saturday, David took the five kids to a not-so-far-away Civil War historical site. I stayed home to work on school planning. My plan was to get as much of the lessons planned and (possibly) papers printed for the remainder of this school year.
I knew my goals were lofty but I truly wanted to make as big of a dent in the work as I could. I was kind of sad not to go with the kids but kind of glad too for a little uninterrupted & focused time to work.
Over the next few hours of
too quiet silence, I clicked away on the computer as I sat surrounded by mounds of books and papers.
As soon as Dave and the kids returned home, there were stories to be shared of Civil War doctor’s instruments and tons (literally tons…five large vases full) of wildflowers that were so lovingly picked by my sweet girls that needed to be displayed.
And I closed the computer and walked away. The work wasn’t completed but it was done to the point that it was good enough.
For me it is a struggle sometimes to find the balance between work (which is good and necessary) and fun & relationships (which are also good and necessary) in this life. I have to remind myself that my babies are only little for a short while and that there won’t always be stories to be heard. And one day, I really will miss the noise.
Today I am grateful for:
- a husband who is willing to take care of my needs
- children who want to talk to me
- children who want me to look at everything they do
- children who missed me even for those few hours
- the noise
- the five vases of wildflowers
- a “job” that allows me to make the rules
The pictures above were all taken after David and the kids returned. It had been a rainy day and we just headed out to have a little fun in the mud.
one of five bouquets *smile*