Favorite Things Monday – Back to School Edition

It’s been a couple of weeks. We have had lots of busy…then A WHOLE WEEK OF VACATION.

We basked in the glow of the sun, ocean, white sand, family time and the purpose of the whole thing…vacating. We often get asked what we do on vacation. When the destination includes the beach, that is the only requirement. If it doesn’t require sunscreen, a towel and a boogie board, it is not going to fly. In the future we may add a snorkel cruise or ocean kayak. The theme: relaxing on the water. We enjoyed every minute.

So what am I thankful for?

Rest.

It’s worth fighting for. I’m not always so good at being proactive with it. I am one that cheers on friends who acknowledge their need for rest. We don’t say yes to everything and we know the benefits of it (and that whole commandment from God). The time to refuel and refresh. The secret to keeping all the things moving is surprising…have moments where it has zero to do with you. The world keeps spinning when I take a break. Turns out it’s not up to me.

School starts tomorrow.

I can pretend I am grateful for it but it falls under the category of things I am working on. Is it good? Yes. Are the kids bummed? Nah. Is this momma ready? Nope. I’m not ready for it. The routine isn’t so bad. Soccer is about to be in full swing. There are lots of great things about this time of the year. It’s like New Year’s Day for parents. We have new resolutions about healthy lunches, homework plans, chore charts and how we are going to do things better than last year.

It was an entire summer of activity. My kids should have some sort of theology degree with as many VBS’s they went to. They have loved it and really are ready for school.

Then there was momma…

We have known school stress and struggles in our home. One child particular is “a divergent thinker”. That’s a direct quote. It is a compliment. It is a reality. We love it and know that God has a specific plan for…all our kids and there are seasons where the fight is greater. It doesn’t make school the easiest place. Ray and I refer to one particular grade as “if we can make it through that, we can get through anything”. It’s no joke.

Part of me isn’t ready. I really do know that everything will be just fine…and I have a case of the “I don’t wanna’s”. I know what defines our kids. I know what does not define them. Certain seasons call for greater reminders. We get to be the loudest voices of influence in our kids lives. I can do loud. Let’s do this well.

Last on my list for this week…

An awesome husband who believes in me.

I love to preach. I really do. I had the opportunity to do just that this past weekend. I love the Church. I believe in it. Like, lets chat because I want to go on and on about this. I love how God uses it. How He ordained it. How He can take a mess and do some really awesome, miraculous things in the midst of it. I love what happens when we gather together. Getting to serve the local church is one of my greatest joys. Getting to serve in a speaking/teaching capacity is not something I take lightly and am honored to have the opportunity. You can check it out here. As I am writing this, the sermon hasn’t been uploaded yet. It will be.

The aforementioned awesome husband is one who pushes, challenges and encourages me to walk out what God calls me to. We make a good team.

If you are having to fight for joy or are basking in the “return to school” glow, I hope your week is full of favorite things. Fight for them, find them. You got this.

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