The closets are overflowing with clothes that need to be donated. Okay, I’ve really been working on it this summer while school was out but if you know me, my summer was busy, and now the phone is ringing again for subs. Books I want to read, and was going to read this summer are still waiting (but thankfully our studies are starting back up and right now I am reading that book – She’s Still There. The kitchen counter is no longer full of mail except for three paid bills waiting to be dropped off at the post office, and my laundry room thankfully is not overflowing with clothes. We bought a new washer and dryer and I have been enjoying washing. The ironing was done last week, and you know when the washing is caught up there is more ironing to do, and there are now five shirts in there I need to press. Yep I still iron. I know some of you don’t know what an iron is.
I know we are all busy – life is just busy and for all of us it is a different set of circumstances. Life is unpredictable and sometimes just hard especially if you are dealing with a health issue, elderly parents, or a special-needs child and look at all those precious lives in my precious state of Texas and what they are dealing with now with Hurricane Harvey. My heart is breaking for them, and some of them are friends and family. Now that school has started you are busy with sports and school stuff, and I am busy subbing so I can make a difference in my community.
Our on-line Bible studies sort of took off for the summer. We had one, but did not have our Facebook Groups so it was less busy, but being a Coach for this study starting next week did require a little time. We will begin a study on Tuesday by Chrystal Evans Hurst called She’s Still There. Would love for you to join us. It’s not too late to sign up here, and all you need is a book. The study takes place here. You can find out more about that here on Suzie’s blog today – great video with Chrystal.
Do you take your family for granted? I do! I am really good with my husband, kids and our mother-in-law, but we stay so busy we leave family out for the most part except for special occasions (Christmas, Thanksgiving, graduations, Easter, Birthdays, etc.). I hardly ever make the time to see my two sisters although we did meet this summer for lunch, and my middle sister came to visit one day with gifts for my new grand babies. We never know what tomorrow holds. I received news last night that one of my aunt’s died. I was able to go visit her last week at the hospital and she seemed to know me. It was so hard to get away that day. I keep our grandchildren several days a week and now with school I am subbing a few days and I juggled to find the drive to Dallas to go visit. So very glad I did now.
Do you crave organization/cleanliness in your house? I find I do – it is just hard with so many responsibilities. To drop in on me most days you would not think I crave cleanliness. I want simplicity and organization and I am finding I am doing a better job of throwing out and donating. I just need some time to really keep purging!! I donated several bags of clothes and shoes this summer and I have more stacks already in one of the bedrooms just waiting for me.
When it comes to messes or to make dinner for a friend who just had a baby and leave the dishes on the counter, I am at a stage where the friend comes first. Family comes first. The dishes will stay, but life goes by, we lose loved ones and we can never get a single day with them back. Have you lost a loved one or loved ones? Do you have regrets?
Have you rushed through your days just looking forward for them to end? Have you longed for some quiet time just wishing your children would play so you can get the house clean, get dinner cooked, or perhaps sit with Jesus?
STOP! I’ve learned to stop. I get in the floor with those grandchildren. We roll cars around the kitchen floor, we work puzzles and read books. Our older one is already four and I want to make moments with him. We go to the park, sometimes a movie, and sometimes to Wal-Mart to pick out a toy or one of his favorite places, Chick-Fil-A for lunch. I love sitting and rocking our new grand babies. We have three you know. Yes, three – a little granddaughter and twin grandsons born a week apart in March. I savor rocking moments that won’t last long and sit there savoring memories with my own children. ARE YOU READY TO ROCK TODAY? I am – the granddaughter is on the way.
Friends I want to tell you those precious moments go by quickly. Those nights you did not savor with a new born when you were being awakened to feed. Those moments they wanted to sit in your lap and you were too busy to stop and hold them, hug them, read to them. Those moments the adult children invited you to do something and you could not find the time. Those times you don’t want to sit for a moment and talk on the phone to a loved one because you are busy. Those visits to visit your grandparents or parents when they are lonely. Those moments you can never get back – only memories – are you making them moments to savor, precious moments to remember?
Do things with your adult children. Go shopping with your daughter or daughter-in-law or a quick lunch. This weekend we are going to our lease in the country with our son and daughter–in-love, the twin babies and the four year old. We are inviting some precious friends for lunch out at the cabin. We just got back from a wonderful vacation in Colorado with our son, his wife and her family. We had so much fun and quality time with all of them.
Be careful that someday you don’t regret that you were more worried about the laundry then sitting to read a story or to get off the computer to be with your children. And speaking of computers, how many times do I go out to eat and see a couple both texting, or a young lady with what appears to be her grandmother ignoring her and texting. Even the little ones are now sitting on their iPads. Can we not put our phones and ipads down for a short meal to love on our loved ones? It breaks my heart when I see this. What matters today may be gone tomorrow.
The truth of the matter is that someday you will have quiet moments and peace and time to yourself. You will be remembering the moments with children, family and friends who have either grown up, moved out, or are no longer with you. Are you making the moments – both bad and good – matter??? Stop and play with the kids. Go meet a friend for lunch with your phone turned off. Send an email or text to brighten someone’s day, but even better call them and spend some time chatting rather than that quick text.
We had several get togethers with a lot of people at our house this summer. Do you know I never heard anyone say you need to clean, look at those weeds in that one flower bed, you are not the best of decorators (sigh)? What I heard was that peanut butter cup ice cream was amazing, loved the hot dogs and hamburgers, love your pool, your house is beautiful and thanks.
So to friends and family I want you to know that a mess at my house means that I am busy with what really matters and that is savoring the moments with you, finding some “me time” for me and being like Mary and sitting at Jesus’ feet.