Monday, March 5, 2012
Ebb and Flow of Life
Lent is here. I'm really feeling it this year. No, we didn't commit to super huge prayers or sacrifices. But the Lord in His goodness has seen to it that every day this Lent has been just a little more difficult for me. Nothing catastrophic, just little humiliations and tests of my patience to remind exactly where I need to focus my virtual attentions:) It's like that small headache that reminds you to get your eyes checked. Or that bone itching ache that reminds your fractures to rest and heal.
How to navigate the ups and downs of life. If we continue to clean and cook and feed and dress and kiss and discipline and teach and sew and bathe and bandage, you would think a routine would develop. But it seems to be the routine of the unroutine in this house. I start everyday with the best of intentions and end every day with the firmest of resolutions. At least when a family life is centered around public school you have the routine of a bus route to keep you up on time every morning and home at the same time every afternoon. We don't have that so we slip into school and we slip out of school and it seems very amorphous between meals. I would love to have a definite start time and a definite end time. I wonder if I'm alone in look up nonplussed that all of a sudden its lunchtime and I'm not even done with my Kindergartener's first subject? And how do we fit in the music lessons and the sports and the personal hygiene and the personal time and fitness for mom...And the laundry and the dishes and the floors? And I want to start a garden this year and maybe some chickens next year...How do I keep it all straight? At this rate I can hardly keep a straight face!
Prayers are yours my dear readers. And I'm hoping as we reach into the desert journey together that we offer some small Lenten sacrifices and prayers for one another. I'd love to hear of your family Lenten traditions too!