Foundation repair >>> Thanksgiving in San Antonio >>> Christmas >>> Tiling bathrooms >>> Painting all rooms >>> Packing up >>> Living on the slab >>> Prague trip >>> Unpacking >>> Easter weekend
Then this weekend I sang at the 6 Easter services we had, only to follow the last service up with an Easter party at our house with the whole family. And while I really enjoyed it and love worshiping God in that way, it was time away from my family that I can't replace. It also meant that I couldn't give as meaningful a party to my extended family as I had hoped. I don't regret it; it just means that next time I will think more carefully before committing to something of that magnitude. I have such a bad habit of overcommitting, and it's so hard to discern sometimes.
So it was 4:30AM, and I was getting ready for my 7AM call time to do the last three of six services (after going to bed late from staying up to make 2 key lime pies, punch, and a brisket after being at church singing for 8 hours). But first I had to wake the kids up at 6AM to do the Easter Bunny egg hunt (they ended up waking up on their own, though - except for Isaac).
And I was thinking how ridiculous it all was, I opened up my Future Me app on my phone (you can also just go to their website), and I wrote a note to myself to email me in late November that says just how I felt at the moment. I can't remember what it says exactly, but it's warning me not to volunteer for the Christmas sets at church. :-P I knew that all I would remember was the rewarding and fun part of the Easter sets and not the tough stuff.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens...-Ecclesiastes 3:1
So while this does sound like a blog post about the regret I feel for not being with my kids on Easter, I also wanted to promote Future Me (no, they're not paying me - I just really like it). The next letter I'm going to write myself is to stop adding more things to my calendar just as soon as I clear it to make space for down time. #Insanity
I hope you had a good Easter. Remember to slow down, my friends. Love you all!