Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Just A Day In the Life
I feel like I say the same ol' things here. Our lives are pretty predictable right now. We have chores, we have school, we have projects. We are busy in general, but it is with the usual tasks of living in a large family. That is just the stage we are in right now.
Dale and I were talking about trying to simplify things so the schedule isn't so crammed, but as we went over and over what things we were doing, there wasn't anything really we could cut out. I mean, the kids have to have school. We have to eat. We all like clean clothes to wear. Dale works two jobs. He is a pastor, and he works a secular job to pay the bills. Everything seems essential. One thing we can do, and did do, is make a pact not to add anything else in right now. That seems that a no brainer, but sometimes my mouth says "Yes" to something before my brain can say "Are you crazy???? You don't have time for that right now!"
It isn't that we are so busy we never have fun. There are certain times that we preserve for "family" times. Sundays, for example, we keep as family times. We go to church together, and spend the afternoon together, then go to church together in the evenings... you get the idea. Usually Sundays are way more low key than the rest of the week as well, so it is a relaxing time.
There are times we go places together as a family just for fun, of course. Little outings that refresh the mind and soul from the daily grind.
One Sunday afternoon while I was finishing getting the meal on, there was quite the racket going on in the living room. One sound was like an elephant calling out. Another was like a dying cat. There was some thrumping type sounds. Well... maybe this visual will help:
They they switched up all the instruments and started over. It wasn't exactly like the Boston Pops, but at least it was a joyful noise!
I try to always find something pleasant even in the same ol' grind. Like my oldest snuggled up with my youngest during our Proverbs reading in the morning.
Or my little cookie baker making a bushel of chocolate chip peanut butter cookies for daddy as a bribe (which didn't work, by the way)
Sometimes there is interesting visitors on the property. One day while hanging laundry Jerusha was jabbering to me from the swing set. I wasn't paying that close of attention until she came over to me and said, "And now it looks angry".
Clearly I had missed something. Apparently she saw a bug that was sitting on the overturned lawn chair. She said, and I quote, "At first he was smiling, but when I got down to look at him, he suddenly looked angry." I figured I better take a look. Well, our little visitor was neither happy nor angry. He was... religious. *wink*
The last couple of days we have had three deer that come together to feed off our lawn. Not sure what is so tasty in the one area they seem to favor.
Aren't they so majestic and and pretty? Okay, I'm really thinking "VENISON!!!!!" the lead buck must have read my thought because as I tried to get closer for a better shot he did that little snorting-hissing thing as a signal to the others and they went bounding off. Oh for a shot gun.
Oops... did I say that out loud?