This was the morning view out my door a few weeks ago, stunning isn’t it?
Friends, I am so happy. We are loving school. The children are learning so much and we can’t be happier. Most of all, can I just say, I am very um, happy to have room to breathe, in my day. Now that it’s been almost two weeks (and don’t get me wrong, last week was emotional, getting used to them going)…I can honestly say (now that I know better)— that I’ve spent the majority of the last 2 years of my life nervously OVERWHELMED and just holding on for dear life, by the grace of God.
I am turning into myself again, and *it’s been so long* that I feel like I’m a totally new woman. I LOVE my mornings with the two s’s (Seth and Sarah). I have time to do whatever I want with them, I can devote all my attention on them and I find them both very entertaining and delightful. The other children start coming home at 2:30, so you see, we still have all afternoon and evening together, the same as always. Our time together is even more precious. We’re giving out lots of loving and hugs on Davy and Caleb, lots of positive words, pats on the back, hugs when they want them, and good food for the older ones. And my older children are just blown away with all the stuff they need to keep track of and get done ON TIME & ON SCHEDULE, they are learning more and more how to be responsible for their own selves. Of course all you who have sent your children to school know all this already, I’m just saying, I’m a happy girl. (how many times will I use that word today, sorry!)
This morning I went to Costco for a much needed restocking of the cupboards. I actually had to fill one cart, pay for it, load in in the vehicle and then go back inside to do it all over again. Seth and Sarah sat in the front of the cart and were so cute…several people asked if they were twins! When we came home boy did I have a lot of things to bring in and put away up and down stairs. I also had to walk/run the dog! I got quite a workout, and even put together three meals for the freezer to have on hand. Tonight we are having baked beef stew.
I’ve got Seth and Sarah down for naps and the kittens are entertaining me now.
They love windowsills.
They are named Socks (the dark tiger) and Snickers (the gray and white). Grace and I took them to their first vet appointment last week and they are doing so good. It’s nice to have kittens in the house. I’ve always loved cats.
Please let me know how you’re doing and what you’re up to. I love hearing from you. And if you want a reply back or have a special prayer request, please message me instead of leaving a comment. I try very hard to respond to all messages, I wish I could reply to all the comments but it’s just not possible. But please know I read them and smile over them.
Here is the verse from my calender this morning, it really struck me when I read it:
The Lord’s promise is sure. He speaks no careless word; all he says is purest truth, like silver seven times refined. Psalm 12;6 TLB
I try to remind myself to read blogs and books for inspiration and entertainment, like visiting a friend. The only shining, pure truth is God’s word to us, the very best thing to read and study; THE BIBLE. No other source can come near to it. There are several beautiful blogs out there that have become popular spiritual websites; don’t forget that is just one woman’s/man’s experience, God has a completely different (but still very VERY good) journey for you and me. We are all unique and special, (although we do share common graces and common promises in the Bible), but we are also fallen creatures who *sometimes* share things that aren’t exactly meant to be shared publicly with others. It is wonderful to read a testimony of what God is doing in a friend’s life, but intimate relationship with the Lord means that we do need to keep some things private….publicly sharing *too much information* turns our intimacy into something altogether different, and can possibly cheapen the relationship. It’s okay to keep some things to ourselves and could possibly be best if we (sometimes?) stay away from studying other people’s close walk with God.
What do you think? I would love to hear your thoughts on this.
((hugs)) Love, Shanda