I have always been the one that has all my ducks in a row, clean and organized home, with a snack tray on the dining room table with people coming and going.
Since working full time, among other things, that ship has somehow sailed off the map.
Things are messy! I may even use the word chaos this particular year.
I just finished Christmas shopping online and decorating the tree and house last night.
I use to be all finished with my shopping by mid- September. October at the latest. The tree and decorations would be all set up Thanksgiving week. And don’t get me started on the Christmas movies that have yet to be watched. I think I’ve only seem bits of one Hallmark movie at this point. I have not even bought Christmas cards yet, yet alone, mailed any.
My days are spent at doctors offices and physical therapist appointments. Throw in two days a week seeing a friend and going out to eat, it has not left any quiet time this season.
This past weekend we went to a Christmas play, parade, and Lights Festival, but it all felt so rushed.
I am looking forward to 2022. In all honesty, 2020 was great for me! Very relaxing and low key. 2021, not so much, but very good for my online stores.
None of this was even registering in my mind, how crazy it’s all been this year, until yesterday morning at church.
We walked into Sunday School. Late!
Everyone was casually talking about Christmas.
One couple went threw the Krispy Kream drive through asking for Christmas donuts and was told that they only have Holliday ones, but they cost more, so.
Another person was talking about the tornado of a mess their house is in. Christmas stuff all over the floors, etc. But everything is decorated and shopping has been finished.
Then I asked the the quiet couple ( homeschool family) how their weekend went, and have they started decorating with the kids yet.
The well spoken father answered me.
They finished weeks ago. House is completely ready for Christmas, including lights and decorations on the outside. Shopping has been done for several months. Gifts all wrapped and under the tree. Christmas cards mailed. Christmas movies have already been watched so they are looking for new ones to add to their holiday traditions. Basically, just taking time to soak in the Holiday.
As soon as I heard all of this I thought to myself, Wow! Dang! Oh my Goodness! You are Awesome! Lucky You!
And then… “Oh me! That use to be me. It really did.”
Everyone in class has younger kids then us. I have adults and teens now. Of course you’d think with an older group that my house would be immaculate, but my house was so much cleaner when they were little. Mainly, we ALL pitched in to help keep things running smoothly bank in the days. I really do miss those days.
Now, no one does much here. it’s like pulling teeth. And there is some stuff that I simply can’t do by myself anymore. Hence, it doesn’t get done.
Odd how this is the norm, in most families with teens. Or do I’ve been told.
With all that said, I know God is still good and has me and my family in his hands. There are seasons or order, but also seasons of utter chaos. I already know how it ends.
Today is a busy one. Doctors appointment, DMV for the kids, lunch with a friend, grocery store, and cleaning and working tonight.
Tomorrow is another day.