anyways. early last week we had an afternoon/evening with NOTHING scheduled. it was such a gift! it feels as though most of our afternoon/evenings are full of the older kids "stuff" - homework, activities, projects. so this day i took the younger 3 boys on a walk/bike ride to see some of their favorite christmas lights in the neighborhood. it was so fun! they love this one...it bounces around like the snowman is shivering. they all laugh. and so does my heart.
in the morning was the "holiday sing along" and the afternoon was 3 parties.
instead i swam at the gym, went grocery shopping, took a nap, drank a ton of water and caught up on email and my lists. it was a GREAT decision. for everyone. it allowed me to enter this 2 week break with my head on straight. i'm so thankful for finally feeling the freedom to make decisions that are best for me, instead of making decisions based on guilt or expectations.
i'm fighting a cold with everything i have, so today has been more low-key than it probably would have been. but no one is complaining. we went to the library, they are watching a movie (or 2?), they did do some chores. and we are having friends over for dinner.
and trying to take moments here and there to thank Him for coming. for us. love is full of sacrifice. that should change the way i live and love.