I have been away from home for HALF the days this month so far.
And for three seperate events, so that has also meant a lot of organizing, packing, unpacking, laundry, re-organizing, and re-packing on the days I've been home!!
I have one more 2-1/2 day stint to organize, pack, and unpack for and then 3 days of houseguests to prepare for, and then getting the girls and their new school supplies ready to go, so yeah...
But there are only 12 more days before the girls start school and while I really don't want them to have to be gone all day every day, I'm definitely looking forward to establishing and maintaining a routine again. You know, one that doesn't involve getting ready to leave or tidying and organizing after being gone!
I'm looking forward to looooooooong quiet mornings, being able to go for a walk or jog regardless of The Bushman's work comings and goings and the available daylight hours. I'm looking forward to tackling housework and home blessing without interruption and distraction, and improving my ability and capacity to "focus on the task at hand." I'm looking forward to being able to concentrate for more than a paragraph or two when I try to read!!
But I will miss the fun this summer has been, too, despite how hectic it's felt at times, particularly this past month. I will miss the ability to do movie nights in the middle of the week with my girls, to go for bike rides whenever we feel like it, and the sounds of their laughter and play around the house and in the yard. I will miss not caring what time they get to bed or wake up in the morning. I will miss the smell of mosquito spray combined with sunscreen, and the two smiling, tanned little faces framed with wet hair from an afternoon spent playing on the slip'n'slide or in the lake.
I guess this is why Solomon says there is a season for everything. While there are great things about each season that we wish would last forever, there are also those things each season that would burn us out and break us down if they continued any longer.
I dread the end of summer each year. But at the same time, I also look forward to fall. And I'm so grateful to have had yet another season chock-full of blessings with great memories to look back on.