Tonight as I sit and sip my Bavarian Wild Berry hot tea, I am plunging into the memories of the past week. A wonderful weekend with my sisters and sister-friends. These girls knew me way back when… I never wore shoes, lived in mango trees, and seldom took a shower.
Can you tell which ones are blood-sisters, and which are sister-friends?
As I was thrown back into “normal”, I’m starting to swim again. Before, I was gulping for air, unsure of where to put my feet, and had forgotten how to tread water. Pennsylvania is vastly different from Haiti. There are some things I don’t think I’ll ever be able to fully put into words. My heart has a hallowed pondering ground, where thoughts between me and the Lord reside. I’ve been asking Him to give me the ability to come back and 100% accept and take on the responsibilities given to me today, here, and now. It’s not worth my breath to compare myself, my life, or my experiences with any other person. I am realizing how perfect my crazy, messy, full, busy, joyful, loud, spontaneous, and beautiful life is. It is just as it should be, and is custom-made for me by our Creative God.
This week was full of perfect examples. An empty box, full of clementine peels, stashed in the living room. Betty sitting on the kitchen floor, pink jammies covering her sweet piggies, reading out loud with a tiny pile of pretzels beside her. Being called into the living room, in the flurry hour of supper-making and evening rowdies, to see the amazing sight of all five kids on top of Matthew’s back. Are we heavy, Daddy? Schoolwork, flips on the trampoline, haircuts, beautiful shows by the sun while I’m driving, painted nails, a lost tooth, oats in the hair, on the face, on the floor, spills, fights, apologies, notes, special deliveries, and more punctuated my normal week.
Today Elsie was crying about a sore tooth. After calling the dentist, I was able to come in right away. It turns out my mad scheduling skills forgot about her and Jack’s check-ups for over a year. Thankfully, found out there was nothing wrong with her teeth except super sensitivity, was able to schedule Jack for tomorrow, and earned a pair of silly glasses as a reward. Ironically, yet another child has an already-scheduled appointment the next day. I think that’s a record for us. Three kids, three days in a row to the dentist.
Since this happens to be my birthday week, so far the icing on the proverbial birthday cake was my Ikea date yesterday with Mom & Heidi. Mom brought mugs and teabags, I ordered chocolate cake and other yummies, and we sipped hot tea at the cafe, then enjoyed ourselves at Ikea for the afternoon! Tomorrow I will be three times the age I was when I was one year older than Nadine is now. Yep.