What would you do with a day off from everything? Not just a day off of work, but a day all to yourself? I have been given that gift and it is the strangest thing. Holding back tears as the grandparents drove away, I knew I had to hit my to-do list in order to not miss them in a dreadful way. Thankfully, it was Sunday, so the list included my husband; and together we had lunch out, a 3D movie, shopping, garden fare for dinner, and neighbors over for cards.
And the days roll on. Yesterday, my mother and I went thrifting and I discovered some amazing finds, including this loot from an antique/thrift store. The wool blend yarn was $5 altogether and I noticed as I set up the photo that the brown one alone had a $14.95 price tag. I love the $2 basket wreath- what color would you paint it? I’ll probably go with white since the natural color is long gone. The $1 tiny chair has already been hit with a paint touch-up and it will go in the dollhouse (that could use some serious attention when my little girl returns!) The jewelry box still plays when a little drawer is opened inside. I was looking for a metal loom to replace my girl’s flimsy plastic one and found this one, circa 1948. Not pictured is a $2 wool Gap coat, a $2 boys blazer, a $3 like-new Polaroid camera (that did not make the cut on a list last Christmas but it will this year!), and some $1.50 Chaps, GAP, Gymboree, and Abercrombie children’s clothes.
I crafted this from a $1 yard sale top… after finding the idea on Pinterest, of course. My previous laundry pin bag was a holey mesh bag with a rusty hook- what a relief to replace it with something so pretty to help get the laundry done!
My “schedule” each weekday looks like this:
-deep cleaning the house, one child’s room a day
-spackling, painting, and sealing grout
-an organization project a day
-work on the church’s website
-a craft a day
-downtime with my husband
-running errands some days
I miss my little ones a lot, but I also know that this time with grandparents is precious for them all. My oldest was first in flight for our family yesterday: hang-gliding off the tallest dune on the east coast!
The child-exodus also happened a few days last summer, but I spent my evenings volunteering at VBS- which meant no time with my husband. As much as I would love to help, as I made that nightly commute to town, my husband would be making his way to an empty home. Our marriage needs this.
A note of encouragement:
For those mothers of tiny ones, know that this is temporary. Yes, little ones are precious, but parenting them can bring some toil and trouble. Nursing, potty training, discipline issues, and a tight budget meant that there were so many times I yearned for not just a day off, but even just one hour. Take heart, for it is so true that the days are long but the years are short. Count the little blessings you find in each [endless] day. Quicker than you think, the time will come that your children will be ready to venture off with other family members or to school or maybe even under the care of your oldest.
Please do tell- how would you spend a day- or several days- off from everything?
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