What is the new everyday norm? I’m not really sure yet. Right now it is me feeling both blissfully happy and simultaneously up to my neck in the needs of a large family, doing my best to not miss or mess up the most important stuff. There are a lot of things left undone at the end of the day. You have no idea. Or maybe you do because you have a lot of things left undone at the end of the day, too. Here I am, right in the paradoxical place where my cup is full and running over, and my eyes are bloodshot with sleeplessness. I have not been well this past week, physically speaking, and feel like I’m swinging on a pendulum from weak/discouraged/lost to bursting with thankfulness. Makes for a fun ride!
One photo a week of our family throughout the year. 13/52
This is the first week of the year that I absolutely did NOT want to take a family photo. I wasn’t feeling well, so I was trying to reason my way out of it. Usually, I really look forward to taking the photo every week (as do the kids…they ask me all throughout the week if its time to take the photo yet), but something about the whole mom-of-a-newborn-and-four-other-children recipe caught up to me last week, leaving me without any creativity or gusto whatsoever. Or maybe its just that I spent all my daily creativity trying to figure out how to survive each day a little bit more gracefully than the day before? That’s got to be it. Fortunately, daddy once again came to the rescue and suggested a family outing to get frozen yogurt, which is an idea we could all get on board with. Look how happy all those little faces were to load up their cups with frozen yogurt deliciousness!
So that’s us for this week. Keepin’ it simple and trying to sort out our new normal…perpetually.