What a Break Does to Me

March 28, 2011 § 10 Comments

Last week was Spring Break. I loved it. I loved sleeping in (sort of you know kids don’t really ever sleep in), I enjoyed having friends over (tremendously), and I got to see my family (haven’t seen them since Thanksgiving). Oh, but my body prefers routine. I was unable or unwilling to get in bed when I needed and up when I needed. I did not use the work-out clothes I so dutifully packed nor did I monitor how much I was eating. (My mom and sisters can cook!)

So when I got my weary rear-end in bed last night I planned on getting up early and getting my blog post done and a few other things to make the first day back to school go smoothly…It didn’t happen that way. First I stayed up way to late…Then I must have turned my alarm off in my sleep. However God did graciously wake me up. There was no time for a blog post, and I had to decide between quiet time and shower. I chose quiet time thinking that I could just drop the girls off and quickly run home.

I woke my kids and they did GREAT getting ready this morning! I was so proud of them. We got downstairs and I realized I didn’t have milk. I had a few swallows for each kid, but that is it. So I knew I had to go to the store unshowered, but dressed, face washed, and teeth brushed (my hair was in a hat). No biggie…Most likely I won’t run into anyone I know.

I even had time to make two lunches this morning and to fry some eggs…Not for me, but I was going to get breakfast after that quick jaunt to the store…All was well, we got out the door in record time and headed to school. As I went to drop off E and L, I realized it was honor’s chapel for E. UGH!

Maybe she won’t want me to come, I thought as I turned to ask her if she wanted me there. Since I hadn’t showered, her answer was YES she needed me there. πŸ˜‰ So here is a picture of what I looked like this morning for your enjoyment. I was thankful to see a few other mothers in hats and sweats, but I am afraid I took the grungy prize! πŸ˜‰

And so I continue to count the things for which I am thankful for:

326. Spring weather

327. Outdoor play time

328. Friends that point me to Him

329. Clouds to keep the temperature comfortable

330. Children playing with friends

331. Growing children

332. Precious time on my knees

333. Sound of running water

334. Sound of my kids working together

335. Clouds parting in the early evening to let the sun through

336. Time with extended family

337. Baby Finely is home and doing well

338. Safe travels

339. My kids love their cousins

340. My J is all boy

341. My E still wants me around

342. My L loves babies

343. My husband loves to play with the kids

344. Audiobooks

345. God’s perfect direction

346. Snow up north as we drove south toward home

347. Friends

348. Learning to speak in grace

349. God woke me up this morning

350. We were on-time to school

351. I got to see E’s honor’s chapel

352. The Japanese Maple in the backyard is a beautiful red

353. Spring blooms

354. My washer and dryer

355. My new Jayhawk gear (yes I know they lost yesterday)

356. The built-in griddle on my stove

357. That I know how to use a stethoscope and I know what I am listening for

358. Cool coffee because I can never seem to drink it when I pour it

359. Clouds parting to show blue skies

360. The beautiful colors of sunrise

361. Other moms in hats and sweats at honors chapel

What are you thankful for? Does having a break make it difficult for you to stay on task? I can’t wait to hear what you think and what you are thankful for! Blessings to you all for this wonderful Monday!

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§ 10 Responses to What a Break Does to Me

  • Angela Freeman says:

    Loved reading your blog and seeing your pic! Love that you share those not so perfect moments as well… (Btw, you still look adorabe!) Yes, it’s so hard to get back to the normal routine after a super fun Spring Break!

    I am thankful for precious time with my family during our travels last week. These fun and bonding times are so refreshing! Also thankful that we were able to visit our most special place, the Precious Moments Chapel in Carthage, Mo. You can feel the presence of God there and everything is so glorifying to Him! Never knew it would affect Caleb the way it did and he now says it’s his favorite place on earth as well!:)

    Thanking God that my precious aunt is safely home in heaven now! So grateful for fun times in Branson last week and also visiting with friends in Joplin whom we hadn’t seen in over 5 years. So glad you got to see your extended family and have a joyous time as well!!!

    • Sweet Friend I need your voice in the mornings when I look like that saying “you look adorable.” πŸ˜‰ So thankful for the blessings of lives well lived in His service. Your sweet aunt has a legacy that will not burn up. I have goosebumps thinking about that and praying the same will be said of me when it is my turn to go home for good.

      So glad you had a great Spring Break. Love you friend!

  • Daniel Mackey says:

    I’m thankful for a wonderful wife!

  • Ginger says:

    Hahaha! We had a hard time getting back into the routine this morning. We were 15 minutes late to school! I am thankful that my super-structure loving son had a great day at school despite being late and walking into the middle of circle time πŸ™‚ I am also thankful for sweet friends, clear moments when I hear from the Lord, and my sweet husband who is such a great helper and servant but a trusted leader of our family at the same time! Thanks for sharing!

    • So glad you enjoyed my morning. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for sharing and so glad your sweet son did well although late. πŸ˜‰ I love your thankful list. We are certainly blessed!

  • Melanie says:

    Cute kids, Ang . . and nice hat. I’m thankful for snow on the grass this morning. And for family. And for my baby singing in the car on the way to preschool. Cute! Thanks for coming to visit us.

  • D2 says:

    I’m thankful for March Madness. I know the Jayhawks losing is tough pill to swallow, but VCU is a great story, going from First Four to Final Four (and incidentally opening up the debate for further expansion of the tournament).

    That and I’m thrilled that Mike Anderson has returned home. The Hogs have a great chance to be an exciting team next year! =)

    • VCU is quite the story Daniel. Love March Madness too.

      And Mike Anderson, that is quite the story as well. I hope you hog fans can be patient as he builds his team. πŸ˜‰

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