What do all of these things have in common? Birthdays, books, banquets, bugs (the bacterial kind), and Bible verses have kept me so busy these past few weeks that I have only posted once and that was a book review on my other blog. Please excuse this random post to catch you up on all the chaos that is my life.
First, out of the six people in our house, five of us have a birthday in a four-week period. If you take out the one January birthday, four of us celebrate our birth in less than two weeks. It’s a crazier-than-normal time already, and then we throw in Valentine’s Day. Guess who completely forgot to buy her children Valentines to pass out at school and had to stop at the store on the way to school that morning? Yep. Mom of the year right here. This was my first year to have all four kids in classes where they were exchanging gifts/treats, and I was completely overwhelmed. By the way, I wouldn’t advise waiting until the Friday before Valentine’s Day to try to find those cute little cards with your child’s favorite characters on them because we were only able to find one package in the whole store (with the help of an employee), and those were the cards you put suckers in, and none of my children wanted to pass out suckers. We just gave friends cool treats without cute cards. There’s always next year, right?
If you know me very well, you know I love to read. I confessed to my students this morning that I’m addicted to books. I have the hardest time closing a good book at night when I know I should be sleeping instead of reading. Trying to teach on less than six hours of sleep is like trying to drive while taking pain medication. Ok. Maybe it’s not quite as dangerous, but my brain doesn’t function at 100%, and I forget the correct math words for what I’m supposed to be teaching my students. Fortunately, they are smart and help me out when my memory lapses, and they are forgiving. Anyway, I have received a few amazing novels recently and finally found the time to read them. I read to pass the time while I’m on the elliptical in the mornings. Last week, I ran out of new books to read and discovered a treasure of a book on my Kindle app (Candle in the Darkness by Lynn Austin). I would have loved to curl up with that book and just read all day. (If you don’t have young children at home, please don’t take that privilege for granted!) I just finished another wonderful book today, and I need to write a couple of reviews ASAP.
My husband and I attended a couple of banquets this month, and I was stressing about what to wear, getting my haircut, trying to lose weight, deciding how to fix my hair, which jewelry looked best with each dress, what makeup to buy, etc. I ordered dresses online because it’s too much trouble to go shopping with four children. I also had to alter the length of the dresses because my feet refuse to endure the torture of six-inch heels. My husband wore his class A uniform to the fire department banquet and slacks and a nice shirt to the other banquet. He looked great without having to worry about any of the details. Why do we (women) put so much pressure on ourselves? The banquets were nice and enjoyable once the nights came, but the weeks leading up to them were filled with anxiety. I should have been quoting Philippians 4:6-7 to myself during that time and putting it into practice!
The twins were sick last week. It had been five months since they had strep throat last. I’m sure that was our longest stretch without strep in the last two years, but Little Sister had it really bad this time. Even after two days on antibiotics, both girls were still fussy and clingy. I got pretty much nothing done last week, so I’m playing catch up this week. Fun times. But I enjoyed extra snuggles and cuddles with my little girls, who are getting too big too fast.
I have continued with my personal challenge to memorize the book of Ephesians this year. My goal is to commit half of a chapter to memory each month, and I just barely finished chapter one by the end of February. The last few verses were challenging to commit to memory, but now they just roll off my tongue. I am enjoying seeing what my sleep-deprived brain can do when I focus on achieving a goal. Tomorrow begins a new month, and I will start memorizing chapter two. If you committed to memorizing Ephesians with me, how are you doing? How about those of you who are learning Philippians this year? I’d love to hear from you for the encouragement and accountability.
I am extremely blessed even in the midst of the chaos. I am exhausted, but I am loved, and that makes it all worth it.