I’ve become aware that in the midst of my daily life, I miss so much beauty. As I relaxed more on our trip, I was able to enjoy the subtle details of shells, pause to watch hummingbirds, laugh over clever sentences in a book, and delight in a colorful display in a store window. Every day life is so full that I hardly pause to listen to my daughter tell me a story of her day, take a moment to put flowers on the table, or stand looking out the window for a quiet moment. Vacation has reminded me that even a minute here and there to take in God’s goodness adds joy to my days.
The first few days of the trip, I was wound tight, thinking only of the work I planned to accomplish. I told Russ that I didn’t know how to relax and it worried me. As the days stretched on, thoughts of life at home and work that awaited, all began to slip away. The value of having two weeks away was far more than double that of one.
We are home now and everything that was loaded in the van is spilled all over the house. It is not good at all, but I’m tackling one room at a time. My original plan was to unload onto the porch and bring things in as I was ready to put them away — that didn’t happen. I’m trying to remain calm!
I took a quick photo of Ladybug and Sunshine as they went out the door to their homeschool tutorials this morning; if only I could find the card reader.
If you have emailed me, please forgive the long, long delays. I’ve managed to read nearly all of my emails and listened to a slew of voice mails, but haven’t replied to much yet. I’m keeping my head above water and that’s about it. Did I mention we have nine dental appointments tomorrow morning?