Well as you any of you work from home mothers already know- summertime is HARD. I have so many feelings about cherishing time with kids and also getting any work done. I tried my best to find that delicate balance, but as you know, whether you work or not, its just plain hard. I had all these goals for once school started- we were geared up for a fresh start in so many ways. I was going to start making lunches in the evenings, go back to the gym, start writing on the blog again, stay on top of all the school papers and signing folders, etc. You know sort of a New Year’s resolution type fresh start feeling. And then, as many of you know and experienced as well, after less than two weeks in school, our community was devastated by Hurricane Harvey.
While my home wasn’t impacted (though there was one very long sleepless night where we weren’t so sure) its been life changing in many ways. Things that were once important just aren’t anymore. Over a month later, there are still neighborhoods nearby filled with piles of moldy decomposing trash- once precious possessions and memories. A few of those homes belong to dear friends. Friends that are still displaced, living with family or friends and will be for weeks to come while their homes are repaired. They’ve lost so much. We’ve seen their grief but we’ve also seen their faith in the midst of hardship. We’ve seen the church rise up and be the church. We’ve seen people give their time, their homes, their money. So its been a time of sadness and a time of growth. And it is still going on and will be for a long time. Its not over yet.
All of that to say, my momentum for a fresh start came to a halt. There was no return to routine. The kids were out of school for two straight weeks and even when they went back and we settled in, we remember & acknowledge that for so many, it won’t ever be the same.
Thanks so much for reading. I know its been a long time. I finally feel that my life is getting back to “normal.” I’m regaining my lost momentum, I’m working on finishing up the farmhouse, and we’re looking forward to fall. I do have updates to share about that farmhouse, by the way. I’ve got lots of pictures to show you and I plan to do that very soon! I’ve also got an awesome collaboration with another blogger that I’m doing this week, so you’ll be hearing from me again this week.