Yesterday marked the end of an era for our family as our beloved Annie started student teaching. I have known this day was coming, but had blocked it out of my mind.
God sent Annie to our family as a true gift 2 years ago. Because my hubby works 80-100 hours a week, I have about 8 hours a week of responsibility outside my home and we don't have family in town, I cannot imagine not having her extra hands a dozen or so hours a week. I am not superwoman. The level of physical and emotional energy required with these kiddos exceeds my capacity.
Annie has been available as a respite for a weary Mommy, a helper for Doctor's appointments, trips to the pool, day trips to see friends out of town and a fabulous playmate for the children when I have had meetings to attend or errands to run. She absolutely "gets" how things run around here and reinforces our rules and most importantly our values. She has been a teacher for my kiddos and a steady dependable help for me. She has proven herself trustworthy with the most valuable thing in my life, my family.
Annie has promised to still be available for date nights and a late afternoon or so a week, as long as she can manage it. We are so grateful!
We have 4 weeks of no structured activities before Mothers Morning Out starts again. If I have learned one trick for squelching bad attitudes it is to get out of the house.
Yesterday, we kicked off our new chapter with a roadtrip to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. What fun the children had learning about honeybees, tadpoles, frogs and things that grow in the vegetable garden.
K was able to see first-hand where many things "come from" like watermelon, pumpkins, tomatoes and peppers. We capped the afternoon off with a swim in Grandmother & Granddaddy's pool.
Today's outings have paled in comparison, as all I've managed to come up with is a trip to see Mommy get her blood drawn and shopping at Wal-mart.
For those of you who are drawn to my "authenticity," prepare for a huge dose of it over the course of the next month as I have to really get creative to juggle my responsibilities.
I am so thankful I have done this study of the fruit of the Spirit immediately prior to entering this season. I LOVE my children, but I also cherish a little time of refreshment here and there to keep me going. I am sure the Lord is going to teach me a lot over the course of this next month until we get back in the swing of things. Here we go!