My days are beginning to take on a pattern. Sundays at church are a weekly occurance rather than the sporatic event it had become while caring for Mama and Daddy. Initially, we made it to morning worship, then went to lunch with the group that always goes to the Mexican Food Restaurant, then wearily drove home. It has taken five months to build up our stamina for making it to Sunday School, and then staying all the way through the afternoon service!
[Most of you know that our afternoon service is early so that the families that drive quite a distance (like us!) can come, stay for all services and activities, and go home early-ish. The church has provided a place for families to have lunch if they choose to eat there. You should see “crock-pot row” – it’s amazing! For those who’d rather go out to lunch, there are some fast food places and better restaurants nearby. Some find our way of doing Sundays less than relaxing, but I have found that we are a close-knit congregation because we have time to really visit with each other. If I simply need to rest, I have been known to nap in the car after lunch, before p.m. service!]
Well, anyway, we are all beginning to feel more accustomed to the Sunday schedule, and are taking more of a part in the routine. I’m back on the Special Music schedule, Bill is taking his turn at Scripture reading, and Dannye is helping with the fellowships that are regularly on the schedule! We missed last Sunday, and all of us are eager to get back on track!
Mondays are hopefully laundry and housekeeping day, but often turn out to be recuperation day from long weekends! Ideally, Dan and I sleep in, but then get a move-on with the chores. We try very hard to keep Monday open so we have a specified HOME day during the week.
Tuesday is Family Day. None of us kids were sure if this precious tradition would continue after the death of our parents, but we were all determined to try to keep it up. Much to our surprise and pleasure, Family Day is just as natural as it was with Mama and Daddy. In the past, it was always at the folks’ house. Now we alternate between Jeanne’s, Amy’s, and our house. Our sister, Bettye, will be back in her home soon and will be able to join us, and we can’t wait!
Another part of the Family Day tradition is Starbucks. Again, in the past, Dave, Dannye, Jeanne, Missy, and Amy always met for coffee early-ish, then caravanned to Mama’s. I was always working, so I wasn’t able to be there. Now that I am no longer working, I go to Starbucks with the group! Can you say Grande Mocha Frap with a shot of Espresso?? Oh, and in a Venti cup, because with the added Espresso it doesn’t all fit in the Grande cup! The sad story lately, though, is that I’m dieting again. No fraps for me for awhile! So I sit there with my Adkins Mocha protein shake and Diet Coke while they have their coffee. It really doesn’t hurt too much – my motto has come back to me easily: Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels! I lost 7 lbs. the first week (Prep days) which is quite an incentive to keep on the straight and narrow!
Just like dominoes – one cheat leads to another, until…
Wednesday is Bible Study day. Jeanne and I have begun the Beth Moore study, “Jesus, The One And Only.” We have had the books for almost a year, but just haven’t been able to work on it. Our brains were so foggy for so long, it simply wasn’t possible to do a Bible Study justice! We just began last week, and had to push this week’s study to Friday, but it’s been so good to be in the Word more regularly! It’s also been really good to spend a day with just the two of us.
Thursday and Friday mean that Missy comes over. Dave and Karla’s schedule allows them to be at home with Missy Saturday through Wednesday, and although Missy is plenty able to stay home alone, we enjoy her company! She is also home-educated, and if she were to have a question, we’d be there. She never does, but still…
Saturday is an absolutely great day! I usually spend the whole day with Bill, and often with Dannye Reigh. Sometimes we work around the house, sometimes we go play, sometimes we visit Bill’s folks. There will be many Saturdays we will have photo jobs, but we still get to be together! I just haven’t gotten over that yet – being with, working with, living with my family!
Today I was home alone for most of the day. Dannye’s best friend has a bitty baby girl that Dan is compelled to visit at least once a week, so she has been spending Wednesday or Thursday nights with them. Missy’s mama stayed home today, so she didn’t come over. I had some Bible study to catch up on, and I really wanted to clean the house up a bit. It took me FOREVER to get started on my Bible study! I was so frustrated at myself! I knew Bill would be home early, as he had a dental appointment, and I wanted to be done so I could be available for whatever he might want to do. Well, it didn’t end up being a problem, because he came home with a severe headache and slept in his Lazy Boy office chair right beside me while I finished up my lesson. And cleaned the house. And folded the laundry. And fixed supper! It was great! I had the joy of having him right where I could reach out and touch him if I needed him, yet I was able to do all the things I’d hoped to do today!
When he woke up, he was feeling a little better, and we have enjoyed our evening together up here in our office. We love our office! But that’s fodder for another post, and I need to go to bed. I hope you all have had a wonderful week, full of grace and joy! Oh, and speaking of joy – here’s a picture of mine:
God bless your day!