We have arrived at Crazy Time. Each year three of the five of us have birthdays. Throw in Halloween, soccer, basketball, and international travel and we are heaving by the time November 2 hits.
The weather around here has been AH.MAZ.ING. Seriously Colorado has delivered the BEST fall we could want. Warm days, cool nights, lovely orangey leaves and no snow. I am crossing fingers and toes that my North Face down jacket won’t have to make an appearance until January.
I have also transitioned from a consultant to a employee, taking me to Kenya in a few weeks. I haven’t been there since 1994!
All this living has made me stop and think. As part of Caroline’s confirmation homework, we as a family have to read the homework with her. I have “cheated” a bit and listen to the chapters while running. It amazes me that every time I hear something, I glean a thought I didn’t have when I read the same thing.
I am so thankful for this busy time in our lives. Each day the schedule changes. Matt and I recently looked at each other and said, “You know what, we are thankful that our schedule is NEVER the same. That means that we are living full and rich lives.”
Our kids are growing up before our eyes. I am taking every single cuddle and sweet high pitch compliment from Desta, knowing that the preschool years are rapidly drawing to a close.
Conversations with the olders are hard. We speak of life gut awful things like a classmates mom’s having cancer and peers getting pregnant. We have to talk about sexual assault commercials and guarding hearts. Our kids have to grow up so fast these days.
We also get to cheer our kids toward greater things–soccer games, basketball (I LOVE that we have one player in our family!), math facts, pumpkin patch field trips and Halloween costumes.
It’s easy to get so muddled in the mess of life that the glory and good gets lost.
I’m not letting that happen today. No, today is a day filled with the gift of family. It’s filled with hard work and reward. It’s pumpkin bread and chocolate chip banana muffins. Life is good!