As I sit by my mom’s bedside I’m reminded of how important it is to invest in our relationships with the ones we love on a regular basis. Don’t wait until someone is ill to call on them. Don’t wait until it’s too late to ask how someone is doing. Sometimes we take the people in our everyday lives for granted. We go on doing what we always do, going where we always go, and just keeping the routine.
What if we are intentional with our relationships each day? Call someone who means a lot to you and isn’t in your daily life. Reconnect with that loved one who meant so much to you as you were going through a tough time. Send a card to someone just to say that you’re thinking of them. You won’t regret the time and effort it took to reach out. They may appreciate it more than you know.
We look forward to Friday Family Fun Night each week. It’s pretty simple: usually a movie, popcorn and candy. The secret to a great night is the catchy name, the anticipation of a night with no set schedule…and snuggle time!
During the week we have a tight schedule of homework, dinner, bath time, story time and bed time. If we don’t start each activity by the predetermined time we don’t get children in bed by 8:00 pm. If we don’t get children in bed by 8:00 pm, they don’t get the rest they need and then it all goes downhill from there.
But on Friday nights–Friday Family Fun Night to be exact–we take the night off. We lounge together on the couch with our snacks, blankets and pillows and enjoy a good cuddle. It doesn’t cost much, but the time spent in each other’s company is priceless.
It seems that everyone is adjusting well to the new arrangements. Four biological kids, three foster kids, and two adults make for a busy household! Thankfully the kids get along very well. The four are modeling the routines and expectations for the three, so that is incredibly helpful.
There are some practical things that we anticipated would be an issue:
- Hot water–we have to wait for water to heat up between showers
- Shower availability–only one shower in the house is functional right now
- Laundry–Nine people wearing an outfit and pj’s each day, plus bedding, towels and B’s gym clothes…yikes!
But, hey, if this is all we’re worried about–no big whoop! Nothing that a new water heater, repaired shower, and an additional washer/dryer set won’t fix! In the meantime we are trying to make sure that we are showing Christ’s love in what we’re doing. Teaching all seven love, gratitude, and kindness.
And how am I doing? I’m tired, but joyful. There is so much happiness in the house, it gives me energy when I’m running on fumes! A generous amount of coffee doesn’t hurt, either!