It’s early Saturday morning, the first day of Spring Break. For the first time in years, I am not facing a break with dread and anxiety. In the past, I would have spent many hours making arrangements for Dimples, filling her days with activities, and lots of time out of the house. Being home with the family was intolerable for her, which made it miserable for everyone. I likely would have planned some time with friends here, since most of the time she could hold herself together in their presence.
The familiar guilt for asking the same few friends to help us would have been my companion. I probably would have spent lots of time talking with Russ about how we were going to get through the week, I would have worried a lot (despite my efforts to trust). I likely would have cried as I wondered how badly things might go and just what might happen during the week off.
This time, I’ve hardly given the break much thought. Russ has a big grant deadline looming, so he’ll be working long hours. With all of our travel to MT, and for work/ministry for both us, we decided to just stay home this week.
Ladybug has her first track meet of the season and she is pole vaulting for the first time.
Sunshine is busy building a Knex rollercoaster – I bought the set, and the ferris wheel set for $15.00!
Bee is staying close, which means we’ll likely spend lots of time in the family room and kitchen together. She can help me cook for Samuel’s birthday dinner.
Eby and Little Man are loving the good weather, although it’s still frosty this morning.
Russ is heading to the office, but since there is very little wind (rare for us), he is going to spray the apple trees first.
Noah and Samuel are still sleeping :-)
We’re hoping to get Isaiah home for a few days.
I sent a text to Mimi asking her to come over for coffee when she wakes up. Andrew works Saturdays, so sometimes she stops by to visit before going grocery shopping.
Hannah is on call this weekend, but we’ve managed a couple of nice phone calls this week – it was her birthday on Thursday. I really miss my kids when they are away on special days, but it’s okay. My friend, Dorothy, makes sure she is always included in their crazy family – just like home.
Dimples is doing very well. We had a good conversation on Monday and I was able to talk with her therapist for an hour on Wednesday.
I’m reading books about remodels, thinking and praying, and having lots of conversation with Russ.
What does your weekend hold? Have a fantastic day.