Wow--two whole days without blogging! Due to a "perfect storm" of circumstances and events, there has just not been time. A sampling:
1) My dryer played out last week. Because of its age and the nature of its demise (the inside of the drum was literally crumbling), we decided it was time to buy a new one. Yay! Unforunately, when the new dryer arrived yesterday the delivery man took one look at the current exhaust set-up and announced it was not to code (which surprises me not, since it seems nothing in our house ever meets code). As a result he couldn't hook up the dryer. Having spent almost a week washing clothes and hanging them inside to dry (resulting in stiff, scratchy clothes), I felt like crying. I was all ready to do laundry yesterday! And I was actually looking forward to it! (I have friends who actually like to line dry. I don't. I like the way the clothes come out of the dryer, all warm and cozy and soft.) Instead, I had to make a trip to the hardware store to buy the proper sort of exhaust pipe (the previous set-up, courtesy of the previous owners, had the venting tube itself going through the wall to the outside instead of connecting to an exhaust pipe that is installed in the wall).
2) I am a "single" mom right now. My husband flew south a few days ago to check on and assist his parents. (His dad is currently hospitalized with back injury and his mother is bedridden at home.) He'll be home today!
3) I am still entrenched in Solo & Ensemble season. Rehearsals on Friday, a competition on Monday, and more to come. I'm not complaining. I am happy for the work and extra money and the opportunity to do a lot of piano playing. But it does lead to a more hectic schedule than usual.
4) My congregation hosted a theological conference this past weekend. It was wonderful and worth it, but it took time.
5) Our computer is being difficult. Anything internet-related takes forever to load. It's definitely a disincentive to blogging and emailing. (Susan G., are we leading parallel lives?) I am in the process of trying some different remedies that others have suggested. But that takes time, too. (How does that old song go . . . "If I could save time in a bottle . . .").
I have been feeling generally out of sorts because all of the out-of-the-ordinary stuff has made the ordinary stuff go by the wayside. So the paperwork is piling up, and the house is out of control, and the homeschooling is suffering. I keep telling myself that this will pass, that spring is around the corner, and summer is on the horizon. Self, are you listening?
In the midst of the chaos (and the absent husband), I find myself relying even more on my children. They are truly gifts from a gracious God, as I did nothing to deserve them. While I am otherwise occupied, they continue to do their studies, largely on their own, without my nagging them and without grumbling. They willingly help around the house, again without grumbling. The older ones play with and care for their little brother. (A few nights ago I retired to my bedroom early and Caitlin took care of getting him ready for bed, reading to him, brushing his teeth, etc..) They listen to me "vent" about the dryer ;-) (that sentence is for you, Elephant's Child) and all manner of things in which they probably have little interest. And they love me in my imperfection.
Even Evan seemed to sense last night that I was in need of a little extra encouragement. He made this drawing for me and then wanted to take a picture of me holding it:
(Obviously there wasn't time to brush my hair or powder my face before the picture was snapped). Take note of the hearts and the cross. I thought the little objects inside the large circles were balloons, but he said they were candles. Where do we have candles? Church, of course. Love and Jesus and Church--this kid knows just what I need.
Time to go hang up some more clothes. And then get ready to get my knight in shining armor at the airport! Things are looking up!