Today was the last day of my nine day vacation. When I originally chose this as my first week of vacation for 2017, it was for a possible trip to the Dominican. That didn't work out so I thought I might just go away for a day or two. Maybe go visit my mom or the beach. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I just needed some downtime. Time at home just relaxing and resting. Time to just rest.
I've been going non-stop for months with football season, my daughter's illness/surgery and the holidays while working the late shift at work. I was physically exhausted and fighting a cold. I wasn't consistent in my daily prayer and quiet time. My spirit was parched and thirsty. I was barely making it through each day. If I was going to get a good start to this year, I needed to put away everything else and focus on resting.
Over the past nine days, I have slept in, napped and lounged around. I have baked yummy cookies and tried new recipes for dinner. I have completed a few organizing projects but I have fought the urge to be more productive or tackle big "to do" lists. I have spent lots of time playing and training our new puppy. I have taken bubble baths and watched a few of my favorite movies. There were days that I didn't even change out of my pj's.
I've enjoyed reading books and encouraging blogs. I've spent time reconnecting with God and sharing my heart with Him. He knows what's been going on in my heart and mind. Even when I couldn't find the words He's seen my hurts and struggles.
This has been a much needed week to rest and recharge my batteries. I can think clearly again and I'm ready for the challenges and adventures of the new year.
Now it's time to set aside a day or two for a Mom's Retreat to plan and set goals for myself and my family for 2017.
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, a VBS crafter, a coupon clipper, a thrift store shopper, a football fan, a cook, a student of the Bible and an avid reader.