Sundays are usually a very busy day around here. Of course, we have church, and I help with Sunday school. Many times, Rick has Knight of Columbus meetings or events, and often we would invite family or friends. Then there is the loads of clean laundry piled high on the guest room bed that has to be dealt so we have clothes for week. The “busyness left Rick and I exhausted by the time the girls went to sleep and also had us shaking our heads, “Isn’t Sunday suppose to be a day of rest?”
We realized something had to give so three weeks ago; we started taking Sunday off our schedule, and reserve it for a day of worship, family fun, and relaxation. For Rick, it meant learning how to saying “no” a lot to functions, or suggesting a time change. In fact, this weekend, he volunteered to prep for an event on Saturday night rather than participate in it on Sunday. For me, it meant learning how to plan my week so I wasn’t cooking for 15 people or tackling that mountain of laundry.
So, three weeks into this experiment, I can honestly say I feel much calmer when Monday rolls around. We are spending more one on one time with each other and the girls. Some of us are taking naps, and some of us are reading. Rick is rereading the James Herriot series, All Creatures Great and Small. I am halfway through Diana Gabaldon’s The Fiery Cross, and recently loaned Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo to read. I have also been taking time on Sunday evening to reinforce the CCD lesson my girls are learning for the week.
How long will this last? I don’t know.
Our girls are young and not involved in organized sports yet. They still love to play with each other and imagine with their toys at home.
They still love to curl up with us on the sofa and listen to a Bible story, and playing Go Fish on the living room floor. Yes, they still like hanging out with Mommy and Daddy, and we are going to cherish these lazy Sunday afternoons while they last.
Now, let me go conquer that the mountain of laundry before I have to wake up Bumblebee and pick up Ladybug and her friends from school.
Happy Tuesday everyone!
What are you tackling this week?
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