Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Get Busy Resting!

It's a glorious, chilly, fall morning and the colors outside are stunning with the trees proudly displaying their autumn wardrobe.
There is a fire going in the wood stove, my daughter is practicing her piano, and the rest of the kids are milling around getting breakfast, and working on home work.
This has been a good week so far, but also a week that has included far more activity in our home than normal. We had company all day and into the evening on Monday with a dear friend I hadn't seen in over seven years joining us for lunch, Natalie's piano students and her teacher here for afternoon lessons, my oldest daughter's family here to drop off kiddos and then pick them up, and our final puppy appointment as piano lessons were concluding.
We said good-bye to ten puppies over the last week, which means we had ten appointments in our home with ten families. What a joy to see them so excited to receive their puppies! We are now down to one puppy. She is our very own little lady. Translation: we are in the throes of potty training, leash training, and obedience training. With plenty of family activities, a field trip to the pumpkin patch on Friday, church, school, and company, my social cup is full from all of the fun and visits with people I love. Physically I am feeling drained and this is a reminder that rest is non-negotiable. Our bodies were created to need it regularly. Yesterday we were up at 5:45 and out the door with lunches packed, breakfast prepared, the mess cleaned up, and the van loaded with back packs, five kiddos, and myself. We had a great day at school, yet by the time we arrived at home after running three errands along the way, my bed was pulling me like a moth to a flame. The physical need for rest gave me no choice, and I felt myself climbing between the covers for a twenty minute luxurious doze before my husband came home and dinner preparations began. I was so exhausted that I couldn't focus to read or watch a movie last night so back to the comfort of my quiet room and comfy bed I went.

Meet our little pistol puppy; North Cascade Golden Retriever's "Smokin' Hot Ember!"
Her call name is Ember, and she is a spunky little pup with loads of energy, high intelligence, and lots of love to give. She is just learning about the leash and the kids are learning how to train her on the leash. Her first reaction was to chew and pull, of course.

This morning's Breakfast of Champions included a little John Wayne with my coffee and some gorgeous sunlight streaming through the dining room window. Part of resting for me, includes refueling through time reading my Bible and talking to the Lord about pretty much everything. The peace and strength these moments give me is indescribable. The coffee's amazing, too. :)

My daughter doesn't exactly appreciate her paparazzi mom's addiction to capturing pretty much every moment in life, but I know that some day she might be grateful to have some of these memories to look back on. This is Natalie's first year student teaching and she's doing a great job. After teaching for several weeks, her own piano teacher came out to observe, give her tips and help out with some new ideas. She is an amazing lady, friend, and teacher.

The kids need a little refocusing time and energy outlet, so they played the "lo, middle, high," game while reading music patterns. This helps get the wiggles out while they continue to learn to read music patterns.

Photography Corner
Beauty of creation around our home

A few favorites from our pumpkin patch trip

Life is full and fast moving. As a mom I know that I have to provide the balance for our family so we don't overdo it. When you have several people living under one roof life is sure to be full of invitations and opportunities to "do." Being selective about how much we do is important. Taking time to rest is key.For half of today, I choose rest. After that we are off to choir practices, errand running, Awanas, youth group and Bible study at our church. This mom plans to rest well before plunging into more activities. Tomorrow is another full day! Finding rest in between activities is crucial, moms! <3
Blessings to you,


  1. Ha - that John Wayne cup is cool! Loved all the pictures. Rest - so hard for me to do but lately, I too have felt exhausted. All the extra school and cross country driving really is wearing. I know you have all that multiplied by more kids! One day we'll miss this time though. :)

    1. Thanks Lisa! That mug was a gift to Rich from the kids for Christmas last year. I love it, too, and use it whenever he isn't. Yes, life is full and busy but you are right. One day we will miss this time. It's precious and it's flying by quickly! Good attitude. The crazy busyness of life stretches us, too, doesn't it?