Our days begin early. They’re filled with homeschooling, trips to the library, dentist appointments, running errands, homeschool co-op classes, church activities, and an occasional outing with friends. Most days, the to-do list is long and although I try to spend two weekdays totally at home, there are still cleaning projects and baking and papers to grade. Some days I feel like a stock car in a NASCAR race – whizzing along at top speed, but just going around in circles.
There are different kinds of “full.” There was a “full” that came from working full-time, leaving housecleaning and grocery shopping for the weekend. The next “full” was having a two-year-old and an infant. Then came the “full” of having them both in school, when the middle of the day was not so full, but the beginning and the end were overflowing. Today it’s the “full” of homeschooling and having older children who are beginning to be involved in more activities.
But let me not complain. Sometimes I have half an hour to sit and read a book or fifteen minutes to grab a quick nap after lunch. And even on days when I don’t, I am grateful…that I have the energy to keep up with everything…that our children are healthy enough to participate in various activities…that my husband works hard so that I can stay at home with our girls…that in the midst of our full life, I can look for opportunities to brighten someone else’s day, from the librarian to the bank teller.
In my mind, I know that there will come a day when life will slow down, either because I can’t physically maintain the pace any more or because my responsibilities will have lessened. So while I may have occasional moments of feeling overwhelmed, let me not be impatient at the comings and goings, for this is our life in this season. It’s full of what God has given me to do for now and when He calls me to a slower season, perhaps I will look back on these days with fondness.
Do you find yourself living a full life these days?
Oh, my, yes! I keep searching for more time, but there isn't any. I think the problem is that I'm not using my time as wisely as I should, and I need to look into that.
Anyway, great post! And thanks for the reminder that our days are always full, just full in different ways.
Emily Fiore says
Yes, and I only have one and she is 4! I feel like I am constantly looking for ways to lessen the things on the calendar, but like Nikki said I think mostly it is me not using my time as wisely as I should.
Full, indeed! 🙂 It's definitely been a seasonal transition for me to have both kids in school all day – I have that very quiet middle of the day now you spoke of; but God is letting me use my gifts for other things (getting to teach Zumba, sing on Praise Team, etc.) so there's ALWAYS *something* 🙂