The revolving family door just keeps spinning. My sister and her family left last night, Hannah arrived at 1:30 AM, Isaiah arrives tonight. At least twenty-three people (I’ve lost count) have been here at one time or another.
Friends ask if I’m getting rest, and the answer is “no,” but I’m getting precious time with people I love, and I would choose that over rest any day. I’m not sure vacations are ever about rest for parents, we’re just taking care of our families in a different (and hopefully special) environment. There are still lots of meals to prepare, daily loads of laundry, flat tires to fix, bathrooms to clean, and even trips to the pharmacy.
The difference is doing all of it without the added stress of our daily calendar. I’m not racing to baseball practices, dental appointments, or therapists’ offices. We still managed to have three appointments for Dimples this week, one weekly call, one quarterly review, and a Skype family therapy session. Next week we’re taking a complete break from appointments; Dimples will be at camp and we’re intentionally not scheduling anything else.
We have five more days and then it is back to reality and the intensity of my schedule. I find myself thinking about ways to simplify my life, and wonder if it is possible to slow it all down. Can Russ and I create more moments like the one Ladybug took of us canoeing after dinner one evening? I’m not sure…
Have a wonderful weekend, friends.