January 17, 2009 at 9:28 am 1 comment

I haven’t updated this post in a few days, but have taken most down opportunities to make sure I’m caught up on rest and sleep, napping whenever I could.  I figured a rested body is one that will be fighting off strep.  Yup, my husband hates me when I can nap as he has to work, and indeed, it is a perk of getting to “work at home”. (The down side to “perks” is that one has to pay for them by never truly getting off work.)

I’m about to get through many of the piles in the house and the laundry is close to caught up, if not folded.  The sheets on the beds have been changed, we’ve had several little family parties for The Hub’s birthday, I made homemade chicken noodle soup for his office staff yesterday, took care of several errands in the frigid cold (dog food, dog food sealed container, perscriptions, school notes, forgotten homework taken to school), and I only got grouchy a few times.  I think we are on track.

Yesterday afternoon, I found out I needed to have 16 people to my home for “Christmas, the Sequel” with mom and Larry, and I think we are on target for that if we can come home in between three ball games this morning to take care of floors and food.

The benefit to this early arrival is that I don’t have to keep my trees up until February or March now!  We’ll also celebrate Mom’s birthday, which is Monday.

It will be good to see family.  I think we’ve all struggled with some “grouchy” trying to get through all this new weirdness for us, but we’ve learned to love each other through it more, too.  Sticking with it through the long haul is what family is all about.

My reading and writing lately have taken a back seat to other things that refresh me and provide some newness…and that’s okay.  I’m enjoying my craft room when I can, and just some plain old rest.  My verse of the year is what I’m hanging onto for meditation and devotion…I highly recommend choosing a focal verse.  When you don’t have the strength for anything else, you have a guiding thought.

I pray that the things you face are given perspective and that He will be all you need and more.



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  • 1. Holly @ Crownlaiddown  |  January 17, 2009 at 10:13 am

    “I pray that the things you face are given perspective and that He will be all you need and more.”

    Needed that! Thank you, sweet friend!

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