My house is quiet and I have a quick moment to write. We have had some fun-filled days. Friday we took the eight youngest children to a big Christmas party where we had lunch, did crafts, and saw Santa, who gave each of them a present. Our drive home on snowy roads was very slow, but Russ was behind the wheel, and I was thankful. That evening we attended a huge concert at the university; Mimi sang in the Jazz Choir.
On Saturday Russ took Rusty to a VFW banquet where he won first place in an essay contest! While they were gone I worked on sorting a mountain of hand-me-downs and other tasks I can’t even think about during the school week. Mimi had another special event that night, her Ballroom Dance team performance, so we tucked the little ones in and Sweet Pea kept an eye on them so we could go.
Since it seems that I rarely leave the house, being out two nights in a row was very unusual. I had a hard time making myself go, but once I was out, it was so relaxing! The dance performance was followed by a social dance, which allowed us to watch Mimi and Noah dance for a little while before picking up Samuel, Rusty, and three friends to drive them home. We ended the evening singing Christmas carols with friends, which was an unexpected delight.
The highlights so far today have been: church at 8:00 AM, a simple but good crock pot dinner, and reading The Twenty-four Days Before Christmas. The four younger girls grabbed their pillows and fleece blankets, chose a candy cane from the tree, and snuggled down to listen. I got so sleepy that I had to stand up while I read the last fourth of the book, but we all enjoyed hearing the well-loved story once again.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the questions about large families. There was a great comment from Stacey that I missed sharing last time:
What a great idea, and so simple to try.
I have been thinking a little bit more about Anchors and why they work for me. The great thing is that they occur at regular intervals in the day, so no matter how far off track we get, in our work or behavior, I can focus on the next anchor and reclaim the day. No day is completely lost.
Les asked a great question that I want to pose to everyone:
“I’d love to hear the honest thoughts of moms from big families about this.
Are there some people who are cut out to have a lot of kids and some who aren’t?
I have three children, five year old twins who are bio and a two year old we adopted from China this summer. I love kids, especially those who need families. I’m worried though that I’m wouldn’t do well with a large family. I have trouble letting go of order and control and also am an introvert in the sense that groups drain me. I tend to need alone time to recharge, which I have less of as more kids come. My husband struggles even more than I do with the noise, activity and chaos.“
Please feel free to share your thoughts via email ([email protected]) or by posting a comment and I’ll share them in a post later this week.
Thank you everyone for reading my blog and being part of these discussions. Have a great start to your week.