Last week was the most normal I've felt since moving from Birmingham, ironically normal in light of the tornadoes that ripped through our home state, leaving so much devistation. We are heartbroken at all the loss of lives and homes. So I feel a little guilty to say I feel so good. But I'm thankful to God, so I'll tell you about what he did for me last week.
I think it started with the Brian being out of school Th, F, and M for Easter. And he took a real break. It was WONDERFUL for all of us. I mean, he was really home. It was reminiscent of B'ham weekends, and very comforting to my soul. It's been a long 21 months since we had a weekend like this.
Some contribution to normal was that I was able to follow the advice of Elizabeth Elliot--just do the next thing. So I did laundry and straightened up most days. And the kids have started helping with that--like wiping down the bathroom, emptying the dishwasher, vacuuming and dusting. It helps the feel of home so much when it's straight and clean(er).
Tuesday a friend needed an ear, so we played at the park for the afternoon before we took Brian dinner on campus. Eating on campus means I get to see people and the kids get to play till dusk with friends. Everyone's joyful!
Wednesday was our free concert. Once again I enjoyed the opening act, Company of Thieves, better than the headliner. It felt so good to FEEL the music pound my chest at this out-of-the-way music venue where Brian and I landed a table at the front of the loft to watch the show. Thanks for the tix, KDHX.
Thursday morning was my regular coffee time with MMA, the girls had a friend to play most of the morning, and that afternoon I was able to get away to meet another dear friend, sans kids.
Friday night we had a farewell double date with some precious friends who are graduating this month. We hit McGurk's Irish Pub for dinner followed by drinks at Bailey's Chocolate Bar. There was delicious food and delicious conversation. John tutored Brian in Greek all last year, and Anna and I have been accused of being sisters more than once. What a treat to get such a fun night in before they move to Virginia in a few weeks.
Saturday morning Brian, once again, opted for family over school and we went on a long bike ride. I have a new bike from our neighbors, the Heeszels, who couldn't fit theirs in the truck when they moved last Monday. So all 5 bikes and the trailer took off to DeMun park. And the weather was LOVELY.
Oh, did I mention that this was my off-week for bootcamp? I was really able to rest, not having to think in the evenings of what the workout should be or getting up at 4:50am for class every other day. Now, I did take each older girl out for an early breakfast, but that was restful too. I was reminded that I like my daughters. Good to know that's still there.
Saturday afternoon we looked at a house we might rent for the rest of our time here. It has a pool--eek! The seminary picnic was dinner, and that was followed by a(nother girl's) night out. Five of us stayed out till 11:30 (I got home at 12:30), sharing joys and struggles, laughing, admonishing, and encouraging each other. Again, it's been months and months since I've done that (right? maybe I'm forgetting...), and God is gracious to provide real friends for me in his perfect timing. We hope to make that a regular thing.
And today is the last day of Classical Conversations. No more prep for Monday morning tutoring! And no more memory work for the girls--now to press on to finish math and phonics.
Today also brings with it bootcamp and the beginning of finals season. But be assured my cup overflows! I am (humbly) ready to do life in finals season. It will be over in 2 1/2 weeks, and if I don't have another moment with friends until then, I feel (right now) that I'd be OK.
Last week also gives me hope that things will have a more normal feel after Brian finishes school and moves into a full-time job. I'm not crazy enough to think it will ever be "like it was," but I'm so grateful for a glimpse of changes in a positive direction. Glory to God! So now you know.