Ten hours of sleep last night — I may actually recover from the previous ten days. We are enjoying time with Russ’ family and I’m happy just doing normal life; washing dishes feels so orderly and calming. Last night Little Man and Eby snuggled up with me and I was flooded with gratitude to have them near. Eby, who does not like to be touched much, held my hand while he slept and when he let go, he reached out to find it once again.
Dimples is doing well here. Of course, family reunion is a fun place to be, but I can see her working hard with the skills she has and doing her best. I am keeping her a bit closer than normal, checking in her with her a lot, and making sure she is okay. My niece, bless her heart, taught Dimples to play Solitaire and I hope that will provide hours of entertainment over the next weeks. Dimples loves to play card games, but she doesn’t always have a willing participant to join her.
We head home tomorrow and Russ immediately flies to Boise for work. All of the tasks I had planned to accomplish last week, buying school uniforms and school supplies, ordering more homeschool materials, cooking ahead for our family vacation, etc. were tossed aside and still await me, not to mention mountains of laundry. Our plan is to leave on our big family vacation this Friday and I’m not quite sure how I’m going to pull it all off. I’m taking slow, deep breaths as I type this.
Today I am thankful for a family that loves to gather each summer, for Russ who is a rock for me, for hugs and kisses from my children, for my big kids who send emails and check in to see how we are doing, for the beauty of this place – the river, blue sky, tall trees, for s’mores and campfires, and most of all, for Jesus. I could not take another breath were it not for the sure knowledge that we are loved and He is sovereign over all.
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