My IDEAL way to keep the Sabbath is to get everything prepped and all the housework done BEFORE sundown on Friday. Well.......... this week that didn't happen. J took the last three days off of work for a stay-cation. This is an AWESOME concept. We did all sorts of fun things around the area. This was super fun, it saved money, and best of all the kids didn't wake up before 6 am each morning because we weren't in new surroundings.
Wednesday we hit a local petting farm - complete with baby pigs wearing bibs, reindeer, and lorikeets
Thursday we hit the Guernsey restaurant for lunch and ice cream (of course) and then spent some time with Uncle Luke and Auntie Jenny at Jenny's mom's pool.
Friday we went to Red Oaks waterpark with our kids and a team of nieces of nephews (we had 9 kids under 15 overall).
Given the previous schedule the laundry did not get done and the house was not clean come Friday at 8:07. We were able to unload from the waterpark but that was about all. So, amidst things all over the floor, piled laundry, and a messy kitchen I resolved to honor my commitment to the Sabbath and not do any of that work until sundown tonight (8:05). Seriously, that was HARD. I was itching all day to wipe a counter or put away some PJs - but I didn't do it.
At 8:05 I was off - and while there is still some laundry running through and I need to vacuum everything else was done in less than an hour. Here I go again: God "blessed the work of my hands".
Currently, I am sitting in a clean home AND I feel rested AND we had a great stay-cation. Win - Win - Win. :)
The point being in all of this is that if you are overwhelmed as a mom you don't HAVE to prep ahead for anything except maybe a meal or two. Just REFUSE to work. Don't clean. Don't tidy. Don't open that washing machine door. Honor the Sabbath and wait to see how God blessed your family!
|Could V be any cuter? Love the suit with the ruffle staps, her hair bow from her Auntie Lebo,|
and her smile (OF COURSE)
|Big brother protects little sis from the lorikeets.|
|Can't go to the petting farm without a pony ride! ($3)|
|Someone was excited about the bunnies|
|Our niece knows how to waterslide!|
|V wouldn't go anywhere near the waterpark. She|
made herself at home playing in the cooler. Little bro
looks on probably wondering what in the world
she is doing.
|Breaking for lunch!|
|This place was unreal - water heaven!|
|Mudpie dessert at the Guernsey restaurant. |
Everything here was delicious!