Things I will miss (some surprisingly!):
- Tyler playing his guitar in his room
- Zachary downstairs jamming out on RockBand on the Wii
- Katie yelling, "MOM!" at the top of her lungs only to make sure that I'm still close enough to hear her. Then "NOTHING!" when I answer her with "What?"
- Kids digging in the snack cabinet for goodies at all hours of the day
- Impromptu concerts in the living room
- Zachary and Katie constantly fighting with each other over e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g.
- Tyler outside mowing grass at 7am to beat the heat
- Zachary and Katie still in pjs at 11am
- Kids vegging on the couch texting friends
- Walking into my bedroom to find Katie propped up on my bed watching iCarly or Hannah Montana
- The forts built in the middle of the living room from all the pillows and blankets the kids could find
- The messy lunch dishes left on the table; open loaf of bread, jar of PB, and chips left out on the counters.
- "Get away from each other!"
- "Stop touching him/her!"
- "Go clean your room!"
- "Who made this mess?!"
- "It's noon, do you think you should get dressed?"
- "Who wants to go check the mail with me?"
- "Is anybody ready for lunch?"
- "Are you or anybody else bleeding or on fire? Then it can wait. Mama's on the phone."
- "You're going to play outside? OK, watch your sister. I love you."
I told my mom that the only thing I can think of that I will look forward to is an almost-certain outside run daily, and uninterrupted grocery shopping! But you can only exercise and buy groceries for so long... But I read a great post by Keri who suggested that maybe we all need to just Be Still for a minute. And I think that's a great idea. God tells us in the Bible in Psalm 46:10 to "Be still and know that I am God." I keep searching and thinking about what I'm going to do all day, when maybe God is wanting me to take the time to Be Still. Be Still and talk to Him. Be Still and be open to His agenda, not my own. Be Still and know that He is God.
"Thanks for the message, Father...I read ya, loud and clear. You shouldn't have to talk too loudly now, my house is gonna be pretty quiet! Well, Monday - Friday during the hours of 8-3 anyway!"