Honeybee and Dimples are on their way home from camp today. It will be a long trip for them beginning with a bus ride from camp in the Rocky Mountains to Denver, then a flight from DIA to Spokane, wrapping it up with the drive home. I expect they will be tired, and hungry when we pick them up at 8:00 tonight.
I was lying awake this morning thinking about preparing my heart and mind, our home, and the other children. We’ve been quite mellow here, with kids drawing pictures, reading books, and hanging out in the yard. Bedtimes have been loose, mornings have been relaxed, and all in all, it has been an unstructured week.
As Dimples returns, structure must increase, not only for her, but for the entire household. Meals need to be well-planned and at regular times, the chore chart needs to be followed, and a routine must be in place in order to keep anxiety at bay. I expect we’ll spend hours at the pool, since Dimples does well there.
Noah and I made good progress on cleaning out the garage yesterday. He is heading to Seattle today, so I’m on my own to wrap it up. With the yard sale one day away, I’ll probably barely make a dent in the household clutter, but having a functional garage will be wonderful.
It is also a top priority because we are considering remodeling the garage into a couple of bedrooms. This is a project we’ve been considering for a few years, but the time has come when it is imperative to spread the four girls out into more rooms. We’re a little overwhelmed at the thought of giving up the storage space and taking on a remodel, but it weighs heavily on our hearts that it is not best for all four girls to share a room. Dimples, in particular, needs her own space.
I’m taking a deep breath, sipping coffee, and getting ready to press on with the decluttering project; but first, Russ is going to make me an omelet. Yes, he does spoil me.
Have a great day, friends.
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