Wednesday, September 18, 2013

on time

After a few weeks of getting the house ready for guests, then hosting the guests, and then traveling with Mike, this week I am happy to sit. Elliot and I have been taking it easy. No rushing. No errands. Just home.

I feel lucky to be at home. To have my days stretch before me, to fill however I wish, is such a luxury. That's what being a stay at home mom means to me. Of course there are meals to prepare and toilets to scrub and children to tend, but really, my days are spent precisely how I wish to spend them (even if that means shuttling kids to piano and ballet after school). I've been trying to be more deliberate in how I do this, and I have been pleasantly surprised to find that when I chose wisely, there is plenty of time for reading my scriptures or squeezing in family prayer before the kids head to school. I have time to hug Elliot on the couch while he watches "Monkey George" or to sit with Stella while she does her homework. We've even been reading scriptures together as a family before bed! We're totally on a roll. I know it won't always be this easy (who knows, next week I might completely fall apart), so I am trying my best to appreciate it right now.

I am grateful for this life of mine, for a husband who works hard to provide it, and for a Heavenly Father who watches over me. This week has been just what I needed.

Plus, I can totally smell fall in the air.


  1. I miss those days. My kids are at an age now where they are involved in after school activities that keep us running from one thing to another. Today was the first day in I don't know how long that we got to stay HOME after school was out. It has been awesome.

  2. we MUST be drinking the same water. For one, my 3yo calls it "Monkey George" too. 2nd, I too feel as though my time is really mine right now. I am conscious that it may not be like this in a few months when we finally move again (unpacking/setting up house/house projects etc). But I delighted in the fact that there was nothing stopping me from taking my girl to the library today, or spending my afternoon watching Masterpiece Theater and working on a sewing project for a friend.

    There are and always will be days or periods of days that are full to the brim and have me crying "Uncle", but for now I too will enjoy the softness of my days.

  3. I just wrote a very similar post on my blog! Must be something good in this AZ air, even all the way down here in Yuma.

  4. I smell fall too...but only because I'm making your Aunt Lucille's pumpkin bread to take visiting teaching tomorrow. Too bad I don't visit you anymore. :)

  5. I was just thinking the same exact thing Stephanie yesterday as I was taking a walk with Janey.

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