Spring break is actually over. Our kiddos are not yet in school, although we were blessed to have time off with them last week and have everyone home throughout the week. We have three toddlers, four and under in our home, so we definitely all thrive on routine and structure to literally accomplish anything. I was very excited to wake up this Monday morning with the thought of getting back in routine, to get caught up on neglected laundry and tasks throughout my home. My kids were still on spring break time, not quite wanting to get back into our daily routine.
Although my productive Monday didn’t go as planned we had a great day! Everyone was happy, the weather was perfect for running and playing outside, but I found myself ending the day frustrated. I completed only one fourth of my work I had set myself for the day. I had barely touched the dishes, only for meal making purposes, and never even entered the laundry room. I feel like I managed to feed everyone and change out a toilet paper roll. HA!
This morning, I loaded everyone up to return to their Kids Day Out Program for most of the day, and I am sitting here in this big and empty home. I look around and know exactly who left what where, whose left over muffin the dog is eating, and little trails of toys and crumbs all over the place. It’s empty…..the noises of laughter, cries, or toddler arguments are no longer here. Just emptiness…the Lord softly reminded me to take a deep breath. Those sweet babies don’t mind the dishes, the laundry, or the trails of crumbs all over the place. They just know this is a safe place, a fun place, and their home. I find myself in tears thinking about sitting in emptiness when they are older and somehow all of these things around me seem a lot less important than the time that I have with them. So momma, keep pilling up the dishes, restart the dryer, and let the dog clean up the crumbs. One day, it will be empty.