Hello my dear readers,
It’s been a while since we sat down and just had a chat. Let’s pretend we have steaming chai latte’s in front of us and hang out for a bit. I’ll tell you what’s new around here and then you can tell me what’s up with you, deal?
So, it’s fall and that is, by far, my favorite season. I love crisp air and the September let’s-get-back-to-routines push. I love sweaters and jeans and boots. I love crock-pot meals and pot roast served with mashed potatoes and gravy. Mmmmm.
And I’m loving this fall, in particular, for all the change that it’s brought. The biggest is that my sister and daughter moved out a month ago, so I am now the only girl in a house full of boys. As soon as those boys realized there were no other girls living here, they celebrated by walking around in T-shirts and underwear for the night. A friend asked me today what Bill thought of that when I told him. I said, “Are you kidding me? He’s the one who started it!” That first night, he came home from work around 11pm and went into his den to relax and suddenly got this look of wonder on his face and said, “Hey, there are no girls here, I don’t have to wear pants.” Awesome.
Anyway, it has been a huge change for me because I actually have a few quiet moments, alone, in my house each day. That hasn’t happened in years. Between my sister living here and my daughter having a short school day the last couple years, and then homeschooling “Eleven” last year, someone has always been around.
So now, I’m finding that I’m actually getting stuff done and feeling like I have a handle on life. It’s a beautiful feeling. I’ve also noticed that the dynamics in our house have changed a lot and my boys seem to be getting along better. (If you’ve been with me for a while, you may remember that “Eleven” and “Nine” fight constantly and I often feel like I should be wearing black and white stripes and a whistle.)
About a month ago, we had planned to go bowling, but Bill hurt his ribs and was in a good deal of pain so we had to cancel. Since then, I’ve heard, almost daily, “Mom, when are we gonna go bowling. You said we would go.” So when Eleven’s friend called today and invited him to go bowling, we were both thrilled. His friend asked if he wanted to invite anyone else to go with them, so he put his hand over the receiver and asked me who he should invite. I whispered, “It would be nice if you invited your little brother.” I expected his usual response, which would have been, “No way, I don’t want HIM to go.” But he shocked me by immediately getting back on the phone and asking if he could bring his little brother. And then, he even offered to make said brother a fried egg and toast for lunch, before they left.
Miracles happen. My boys are actually starting to get along. It’s a season of change. I tell you all this to encourage you that if you don’t give up, good things do happen. Now, lest you think things are all roses and unicorns here, tune in next time and I’ll tell you about our ridiculous road trip to Rochester a couple weeks ago, when were all yelling and at each other’s throats. But for now, let’s just end this chat on a sweet note. Don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know what’s new with you or what you enjoy about fall. Enjoy the rest of your chai latte. Talk with you again, soon!
Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
P.S. The boys just got home and said they had a great time. Then Eleven said, “Mom, when are you gonna take us bowling. That didn’t count cuz you didn’t take us.” Sigh 😉
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