I work as a dental assistant and our office is open Monday-Thursday 7-5. I usually go to work at 8:00 (because my employer is flexible and family-oriented PTL!), but I do come in some days at 7:00. It is a long work day/week to be sure, and with after school stuff and 4 kids still at home; I am ready to raise the white flag of surrender by Thursday evening. Every week though, the thought of Friday keeps me going strong.
I call it Friday-ing.
I absolutely use Fridays to get everybody to their appointments, to grocery shop, to clean, to run the million errands every family needs run....but, there are days; like this one, where there is no running, the errands aren't urgent and all the work can be done at home. Magical.
I try to take these days to reflect, because time - it is passing.
Now that school has been in session for several weeks and the kids' activities are all underway, we have settled into the "school year rhythm." I like my days to be predictable to some degree and I like the steady hum of family life, but I need to remember to soak it in and not just let it slip by.
This morning, after all the kids were at school and Nic was at work, I went into all the kids' bedrooms and laid in each of their beds. I tried to imagine what they were thinking about and how they felt at night as they drifted off to sleep. I prayed for them - growing to adulthood isn't for wimps.
Then I did some computer work for the marching band, cleaned up the house and decided to just sit and be.
That is a tall order in this day and age, isn't it? But, I feel in my soul we need to do more of it.
My prayer for all of you is that you have some time and space in your life to "Friday." Love you all.