Y'all. Can we talk for a minute about summer and how crazy busy this one has been? For real though. The days and weeks have flown by in a flurry of swim meets, family visits, wholesale markets, road trips, and more. It's been good, but it's also been exhausting. This week, my sweet mother-in-law invited the girls to stay for a few nights, and I've finally had a chance to catch up on work. I've answered e-mails, mailed out line sheets, and developed a work plan for the next few weeks. I no longer feel like I'm drowning in a sea of unfinished to-dos, and that's a good thing. This crazy busy season has had me thinking a lot about how sometimes, we just have to do the best we can with the time that we have and trust the Lord with the rest. The struggle is real for me, as a working from home mama, to keep work and home life balanced during the summer days. There's not always enough time to get all the things done (which, by the way, is why my social media posts always slow to a trickle during these months), but I do what I can, when I can, and that has to be enough. I'm looking forward to school starting in a couple of weeks and settling back into our normal routine. Until then, know that I'm thinking about you and praying that these last days of summertime will be sweet indeed. Leslie Ann
Given the option between a life of ease and a life of suffering, I'll take the the easy road every time. Yes please to the good life. Hard pass on the hardship. But Jesus isn't like me. He knew what was to come, and he walked toward it with eyes and arms wide open.
Here lately, every time I hear the familiar chords of an old hymn at church, tears prick my eyes, and it's a real struggle not to ugly cry in the middle of the sanctuary. It's the darnedest thing. Given the sidelong glances she gives me every time it happens, I'm pretty sure that our youngest daughter is seriously worried about me.