A Taste of Summer

It’s been weeks since I last posted – May has been so busy so far!  And we’re not finished yet!  Today has been a slower day – the kids have today off school – so I feel like I have a bit of time to catch up here.  

The kids’ school always has a teacher in-service day the week before school lets out and it actually is a little breather before we finish strong.  Today has been so wonderful with the kids home and we are ALL looking forward to summer break.  I spoke with one mom on Sunday at church who is dreading summer – I get that it can be challenging  finding things for them to do all summer, but in that moment I was so thankful that I’m looking forward to it and not dreading it.  That is a blessing.  Sure, they’ll be more sibling squabbles and less mom time alone, but the days are so much slower – no running to school several times a day, more time to be outside and play, a more relaxed schedule – heaven.  

We started our day with swim lesson evaluations – the kids are finally going to take lessons this summer and learn some basics.  Both James and Anna did a great job and loved every minute of it.  In fact, it was hard to get them out of the water at the end, and several times today they said they wanted to go back “right now”.  So glad they’re looking forward to lessons.  

We had a relaxed lunch and rest time and some great time playing outside.  The kids even made little reading nooks and read for a bit – completely their own idea!  It really has been a foretaste of what our summer days will be like and we all enjoyed it so much.  Lord, help us to persevere with school, to finish strong and give our best!  One more week!  

Spring Skiing

In late March, Kenny took the kids skiing and it was a fun day!  They had a blast and each time continue to get better.  James is doing great and buzzes down the hill pretty quick, which means few pictures of him skiing.  Kenny stayed closer to Anna; in fact he attached a harness of sorts to her backpack so he could slow her down when necessary.  It worked great.  By the end of the day Anna was skiing on her own and even went up and came down on her own when the boys were tired.  Amazing.  I’m so proud of their courage and perseverance!  

And just last week, Kenny went up again with a group of guys from work for the day.  When he takes the kids he typically skis, but he’s a snowboarder at heart and loved the day to roam and board the whole mountain.  

A Season

Ecclesiastes 3:11 – For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.

I am tired.  We’re in a busy season right now with the kids and school – end of year field trips, projects, concerts, field day, art show, etc. – and I’m feeling it.  We decided to throw in a house project too, which adds a bit of stress and work.  Over the past couple years I’ve grown quite a bit in self-care – taking time for myself on a regular basis so I don’t crash.  However, there are seasons where the margin is little and the times to refresh are few and far between.  So, I’ve been leaning on the Lord even more and He’s been faithfully carrying me.  He is so good to do that. 

I’m learning that even two minutes here and there can be renewing if I have the right perspective.  A quick devotional read helps me regain focus.  Or putting my cup of tea into a travel mug to enjoy on the road if I don’t have the time to sit and put my feet up.  Reading only one verse and focusing on it for the day when I don’t have the time to sit and study.  I’m so thankful for these little bits of refreshment and know that all seasons change eventually.  Soon we’ll be in the middle of summer with more margin.  So, in the meantime, I’ll continue to look for the blessings in these small moments of rest.