Monday, July 15, 2013

Have I Done Right by my Husband and Kids Today?

The weeds are taking over my few flower beds.


Have I done right by my husband and kids today?

There is so very much more acreage to be tamed and conquered around here.

Have I done right by my husband and kids today?

I have piles -- literally -- of paperwork sitting constantly in my peripheral vision.


Have I done right by my husband and kids today? 

Some folks want to buy our hand-sewn flower headbands and I'm trying to finish them and build inventory to start an Etsy line, to launch this Fall and to use to help carry us this coming winter masonry season.


Have I done right by my husband and kids today? 

My 2013 work-out goals are to the right of this computer. I haven't even conquered half of them yet.

Have I done right by my husband and kids today?  

The Precepts Bible studies and Greek study have me absolutely captivated. I wish I had more time for them.


Have I done right by my husband and kids today?   

630 photos sit in Lightroom, waiting for editing. I haven't been uploaded to Flckr groups in over a month. In fact, I don't even have any ready for this blog post today.


Have I done right by my husband and kids today?  

IHIP's are due in the school district office next week, for our 2013-2014 school year.

Have I done right by my husband and kids today?  

I have a scrapbook to put together within the next ten days, to be ready for our next in-home study with our case worker. And Workbook 1. And papers signed by a notary and letters and references and. . .

Have I done right by my husband and kids today?  

More ministry opportunities than I can count, lure me in. Cards need to be sent, meals could be made and taken, Sunday School class girls taken out one-on-one for some discipleship. And teen girls to call and check in on. 

Have I done right by my husband and kids today? 
 
I have several, "We need to meet for coffee or do breakfast.  . . SOON!" texts on my phone from dear, precious girlfriends -- whom I desperately miss. And emails of invitations to Ladies' Teas and Ladies' nights out and play groups and fun craft dates at different places.

Have I done right by my husband and kids today?

There is a new SEO blog challenge out I really want to take up. It involves writing with key words and challenging the search engines with using them in all the right places. It's a challenge that just teases me to accept.

Have I done right by my husband and kids today?   

There is a pile of books I glance at longingly throughout the day, wishing I could zone out into a world of solitude and iced coffee, and just read for hours. 

Have I done right by my husband and kids today?

It's been a month, or more, since I sat and played the piano. My fingers are itching to do so, my heart aching to get lost in the music I used to make every, single day.


Have I done right by my husband and kids today?

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 My children have been snuggled today. Multiple times. And tickled too.

They've eaten healthy, nourishing foods all day today, deliberately prepared, rather than a processed snack quickly handed to them.

I've played outside with them and the chicken.

We had a picnic lunch.

We're about to read outside under the apple tree.

I've let them splash me and dump water on me, thinking it's the greatest thing e.v.e.r. that they are "sneaking" up on me to do so while I hang laundry. 

I'm going to be up late -- again -- when I'd rather be sleeping, and they are, and getting up with the sun -- again -- when I'd rather be sleeping, and they are, to do the paperwork screaming at me and maybe, just maybe, tackle some of those photos.

Availability for my husband, when he walks in tonight, is the goal in front of my mind, despite the never-ending list hanging over my head, that I'm more tempted to tackle than tackling him with a hug and kiss. I'm going to ask how his day went and what he needs from me to make everything in his world right.

I'll spend time at bedtime, with my jewels, slow, purposeful time, reading and cuddling and praying and talking, when (a large) part of me just wants to hurry and tuck them in and get back to the demands. 

I'm a bit tired.

I'm even a bit more overwhelmed.

And I'm so, very, way behind.

But I'm doing right by my husband and kids today.


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