Right about this time each year I am tempted to become overwhelmed by the transition from summer schedules to fall routines. Each week brings a new ‘we start _______ today!’ Bible club, homeschool classes, field hockey, and music lessons are becoming a part of weekly life. It’s not that our schedule is too full, far from it. We find ourselves saying ‘NO’ to much more than the actual ‘yes’ activities. And I am loving the fact that we are home most evenings.
But it all begins at the same time! With the newness brings paperwork to fill out, backpacks to dig out of closets and prepare for class, etc. ETC!
When I find my emotions tempted to spin wildly like a washing machine, I pause for a gratitude check and reflection. Today I think of our end of summer, say good-bye to it, and give thanks ::
for a gathering of Moms, Dads, lots of kids & great food
weekly date nights with my husband (though this continues, yeah!)
for an outdoor worship service & fellowship time with our church family
a fun & filling shrimp boil with other families :: laughing at the fact that we seriously overestimated the amount of food needed! taking home great memories and munchies
our annual back-to-school campout (in our basement) with a near-by cousin
welcoming the end of the grass-growing season!
for backyard enjoyment, just sitting to read, lie in the shade or watch the stars at night
Ah, yes. That’s much better. Now I’m ready to welcome all that our new routines bring….