Banana bread is in the oven. (this is ALWAYS a hit!)
Dinner is prepped. (homemade pizza because I needed something I didn't have to put any thought into.)
Kids are with the sitter (aka Netflix).
Well, I am in my room with nothing but the sound of the rain outside and the smell of cinnamon and orange diffusing in the room and the ambiance of stringed Christmas lights behind me and candles glowing to my left.
It is the loveliest moment of my day.
In case you missed it, Wednesday was the FIRST DAY OF FALL! My absolute favorite time of year! So the fact that fall decorating was on our to-do list didn't come as a surprise to the kids. (Can I just say that the Target $1 Spot has come a long way in seasonal decorating options!) That, and the fact that it is rainy and cold-ish, called for the baking that made the list today.
I don't know what it is.
I used to be so good at being alone when Josh would leave town.
But now I can hardly wait for him to walk in the door!
Maybe it is the Lord humbling me and reminding me that it isn't actually ME that gets me through at all. But HIM! EVERY. Time.
This Colony spent nearly 3 hours in the doctors office today for poor little Cai-bo. He had been running a fever since last Saturday and we had tried everything under the sun to help with his symptoms. It was only getting worse and he was beginning to have labored breathing and crying uncontrollably. So off to the Dr. we went. 2 breathing treatments, negative Meningitis, Flu and strep tests later and we were back home and feeling a little better. Breathing tends to be a bit important I suppose:).
Then there is Josh. His back is out. Like, can hardly walk, out. Shuffling is his mode of transportation and strong pain meds are the only thing that enabled him to get on his flight back home. He'll be home late tonight and we are SO ready. We are also so thankful for a Chiropractor that is willing to see him first thing on a Saturday morning!
But this is just how it is in ministry a lot of times. Every single person in different ministry capacities can vouch for the crazy health and spiritual things that happen when God's Kingdom is growing and you happen to be privileged enough to be part of it.
All this to say, I am in my happy place right now.
For this little moment.
And I'm thankful.
Also, I'm glad that my sucky circumstances, known as the last two days, do not dictate God's love that he continues to lavish on me and the grace he continues to give to me as I parent these little people through my exhaustion (and accidental four-letter words that may have slipped out in front of said little people).