<------------ RIGHT HERE is the only clean and organized place in my house!
It's been a fun but crazy Christmas break with my 5 big kids home from school. We have enjoyed playing new games from Santa, watching movies together, staying up too late, and traveling a gazillion miles to four different family Christmas celebrations. It was a wonderful Christmas, but I am exhausted!
It's January 2nd, the kids are tired of being good, and the house is a mess. Every nook and cranny of my house has crumbs or toys in it. Baby Heath---no, he's not the baby anymore but the name stuck---sits atop the kitchen table, chucking everything in sight to the floor. My living room is a giant pile of sofa cushions covered with blankets thanks to Maren, who loves building forts---why did Santa bring her new toys anyway? Baskets of clean laundry have been taken upstairs but not put away. The 4 loads of laundry I have done so far today are being (sort of) neatly stacked in piles on the laundry room floor since we are out of empty baskets. Oh, and did I mention that the kids have asked me 546 times already for a cookie? Well, except for Erica, who is recovering from the stomach flu. One down, 10 to go on the puking.
Times like this, I take a deep breath and pause (well, more like stand and sway holding baby Brooks) in front of the big calendar hanging on my fridge. It's kinda old school, but I like having our schedules right in front of me, color coded and neatly written, so I don't forget anything. Do not touch this calendar without asking Mommy first. Got it?
Today I had an overwhelming sense of calm wash over me as I focused on the newly filled out calendar. It seemed so simple, but I could feel God telling me
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you." John 14:27
The peaceful moment didn't last long, but I carried it in my heart the rest of the day. May we all feel God's peace today, even if only for a few moments!