Fray check

Dissecting a frog for biology classThere’s something about May that’s just overwhelming.  Birthdays and end-of-school activities, and graduations and parties to celebrate graduations. Yard work and gardening and getting things straightened up for the parts of the celebrating that will be happening here. Focused

School needs to wind down and be done soon– we love our summers!– but some kids have several weeks of work still. (We finally got those frogs dissected today– hooray!) I’m uneasily aware I’m supposed to be writing a book in here somewhere.  And church camp is coming, involving (again) planning meals for 80-100 folks for 5 days straight.

I am awash in things to do and places to go.

When my kids ask to do this or that or the other thing on top of all the must-do’s, I doubt I can fit one more thing.  And yet, one of the kids asking for special stuff is turning 15 next week, and another is turning 11 the week after that.  Birthdays are big around here.  We’ll need to shoehorn just a bit more in.  Somehow.

Flying on the new swingI find that when life leaves me frayed around the edges, I’ve got to remember to eat right and sleep as much as I can.  I need to pray and be in the Word. I need to get John’s opinion about activities I’m thinking about adding, and heed his advice if he thinks something doesn’t fit right now.

I also need to take a few minutes each morning to transfer the swirl of stuff from my head to my to-do list.  Something about a written list makes it easier to see what’s truly important and what’s wishful fluff.  (Do I really need to get the driveaway edge weeded before the birthday party this weekend?  Nope.  Nobody but me cares a bit about it.)  That list helps me remember my true priorities in life.

Sure, I want to write useful stuff so you folks will keep coming to visit me here. I need to get kids to the orthodontist and keep food in the cupboard and honor various outside commitments in my life. But even more than that, I want to treasure life with my kids.  I want to take them on walks, chat in the car while erranding, stop unexpectedly for an ice cream cone, and take pictures of them swinging up to the sky.

I want to savor this life, even in the middle of the craycray. Because childhood flies by– life flies by — and I choose to be the kind of mama who really truly, deep in my bones, treasures the people in life who are most precious to me.  Even when life is busy.



  1. This is EXCELLENT. Thank you. This is timely for me right now when I’m trying to figure out what we can do in the summer… what we can really do- amidst what I’d like the kids to be able to do.
    Thank you!

  2. It’s such a juggling act, isn’t it?

  3. Anne Devlin says:

    This was just what I needed to hear – the reminder especially to pray and read the bible hits the nail on the head!

  4. ginny jolin says:

    Amen to that!

  5. Jennie C. says:

    So true!! Thank you for the encouragement to find balance and sometimes just hang on for the journey!