Last week was a lazy blogging week for me. Larry had the week off and we were too occupied with getting our spring break projects done and getting in some much needed down time. The week before spring break I had a little bit of a mini breakdown. This whole school year has been tremendously busy for us and during the couple of weeks leading up to spring break, I had just about had it. I was exhausted and not so happy about the fact that my husband and I were like ships passing in the night. Let’s just say not a few tears were shed on my part, which caused us both to finally sit down and reevaluate our schedules.
So for us, last week was a Sabbath week. We didn’t make any big plans; just a short list of projects for us to work on individually and together. Sometimes it’s nice to relax for a week at a beach house, and sometimes it’s nice to just have a week to get to those things you normally don’t have time for. I find both rejuvenating to the soul in its own ways. So for Larry it was getting our taxes done, and for me it was finally repainting that cabinet I’ve been wanting to put in the living room. We would take turns watching the kids so that each of us could have time to work on our projects and then spend the rest of the day together as a family. There were no big outings, just afternoons at the playground, picnics on campus, trips to the library and our new favorite family activity, dining out at Ikea (Tuesdays kids eat free!). We also managed to squeeze in a date night, which was definitely one of the highlights of my week.
I’m very thankful for the timely selah we were able to have. It’s nice when ships passing in the night can finally find a harbor and dock together for awhile. This week we go back to our normal schedules and once again the busyness of life will resume. But I hope we will remember as we go about our days that we are not two ships, but passengers on the same boat, our Lord Himself at the helm. Whether the waters we face be turbulent or calm, we are partners together with Him in navigating them. With this reminder and a week of rest behind me, I’m encouraged to once again sail on!
How do you and your family recharge when you are overwhelmed by the busyness of life?