I woke up this morning to the quiet footsteps of my husband, still in his paramedic uniform. Drawers gently opened and shut and he crawled into bed. “Three calls,” he had told me. I’m gaining a new appreciation for the countless men and women who are on standby at all hours for those unanticipated emergencies.
Somewhere, there are people always waiting for the call, ready to come help.
The soft morning light illuminated the room, and four sleeping children were breathing rhythmically. But the baby’s eyes flew open and her night was over.
So was mine, apparently.
The toddler joined the awake crew and we headed downstairs to start coffee and give just a few more moments of peace upstairs.
The last few days have felt like consecutive Mondays.
Returning from a massive trip and thousands of miles to Texas created suitcases jammed with stuff and a car looked like we had lived out of it for ten days, ‘cause we had. The lawn looked more like a hay field than a yard, and then an unexpected stash of tomatoes that needed to be canned asap took precedence over the already screaming chore list. Just roll with the punches, ya know?
Last night when I finally had washed the last dish, and sank onto the couch, my feet ached bone deep. I realized that I had been going nearly full steam all day.
But then, so had my hubby.
And so had most humans, so it wasn’t such a valiant accomplishment after all. 😉
We have two more weeks of my husband’s crazy class. And then so many hopes for the summer, like gutting the old kitchen and finally conquering these todo’s that I cannot do on my own.
But the todo list is NEVER done.
We don’t always hit the last lesson of the grade exactly when summer break is to start.
It’s a race, and the muscles burn deep and breath comes jerky sometimes.
Sweat runs down our spine and it feels like the finish line is perpetually around the next bend.
This is motherhood. This is life.
But it’s about doing today well.
It’s about giving this moment everything, and letting the rest bide till its time.
It’s about embracing today for what it really is, and breathing deep in the moment.
It’s about pressing in, and maintaining.
The good habits I embrace today will help carry my children tomorrow.
Take a deep breath. Find your stride.
You can do this. God is right there, with everything you need to do today well.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely,
and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…”