Do Mayhem with Friends and Family

I’m late to this week’s “Five Minute Friday” blogging party.  This week was a whirlwind.  It was the last week of school for our kids, and it was a modified mess.  My husband and I still had work, and the kids still had school…BUT there was a lot of extra oddness about the week: class parties, game days, early release days, etc.

The oddness began with a Monday monsoon.  It crept in on us in the middle of swim team practice.  We live in Florida so this isn’t a surprise.  However, the last year has been very dry.  We have had little to no rain most weeks.  Then, on Monday night…BAM!   Lightning hit and the thunder roared, and God let down buckets of rain to scatter us parents, kids, and coaches to the protection of overhangs and vehicles.

I grabbed my son and a neighbor boy with our towels and headed to my car.  I texted G’s mom to get my older son and her kids to join me in my car poolside.  I parked close seeing the pending storm on the horizon.

I would drove her to her car across the high school (about 400 yards away) to the football lot.  I have two sons.  She has two sons and a daughter.  So two wet moms and five wet kids were a glorious mess.  We were soaked…her more than me.  I grabbed two kids more quickly because they were already OUT of the pool.  Then she came trudging through the muddy floods with the others about 5 minutes later.  I tried using a golf umbrella to meet her.  That was silly.

We piled C and T into the back of my car and took that short trip to her car without seat belts for a couple.  This was SO exciting for our kids because:

#1 It was raining hard.

#2 These rule driven mamas were totally breaking “the rules.”

#3 It was a Monday night!

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What I learned this week: Do mayhem with family and friends!

The week ensued with no less drama.  Three of us moms in our neighborhood bailed on Wednesday’s swim practice even though the sun was shining.  It was just too much ya’ll.  The weeks can be hard.

We need to make time to visit with each other and the Lord.

We capped off our week with a six hour pool hop from house to house with many kids in tow.  Moms and dads teamed to let the crazy shenanigans of summer ensue.  The pool hop is a neighborhood tradition that we all love.  It is mayhem.  It is joy.

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I spend more time venting about my problems and bragging about my joys than sharing about my faith.  I’m a work in progress.  But, I LOVE LOVE LOVE visiting with friends and family.  I’m thankful to have moments to visit mixed into these wild weeks.  We’re in this crazy world together.  Let’s take time to love one another.  Even if you are an introvert like me.

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I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.

Acts 20:24 NIVUK

Dear God,

You are the Master of our mixed up Earthly home.

Forgive me for when I see chaos and you see purpose to the race we’re in.

Thank you for your presence and peace amidst wild weeks.

Give me a heart to see the good around me. 

Give me the eyes to see others. 

Give me the voice to speak of You.

And, help me to be quiet to listen and visit with you and others more purposefully.

Amen.

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I Dare to Tell the Truth

Truthful lips endure for ever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.
Do you dare to tell the truth?  I do.  Here are five minutes of writing by me on true words this week…
A young mom enters my speech therapy office with her two year old: “Oh honey don’t pick your nose.”
Me: “It’s okay.  We all do.”

A perfect mother.:
Our dog in a cone post neutering.
Me in my head: “Great.  We have a special needs dog now.  I have to adapt how we hold him, and how we feed him.” 
I was able to move his food from bowels to plates and now he can eat and drink independently.  Apparently he no longer wants to poop or pee outdoors though.  And, we have to hold him by his sides or hind legs gingerly to move him up or down steps or to our laps.  Seven days of the cone…oh my heart.

Our other heart struggle and joy are our own two sons.  Picture this…two boys lounging on couches on screens ages seven and ten years:  One on Zelda Wii U, and the other on his tablet playing games.
Me: “Boys you need to take a screen break.”
Them: no response for 5-10 minutes
Me: “Boys it is now 4:30 p.m. so you have relaxed on screens for about an hour.  Please take a break when you get to a stopping point in your games.”
Them: no response for 45+ minutes
Me: I talk with my boss on the phone, switch a load of laundry, put in a new load of laundry, defrost chicken for dinner, and try to breath deeply through the stresses of my own stuff.

I make lists on paper.  I try to get Medicaid certification online.  Our state IT system for renewal is not cooperating.  Or, am I not using it right?  I make another 1-800 call and email the system for the 10th + time in the past three months.  I also call my boss back two times to ask questions and let her know I’m working on the issue so we can both get paid for my speech services over the next year.  It is now 5:20 p.m.
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Me calling the boys again this time yelling loudly: “Get off your screens boys!  It is now 5:20.  Do your homework (Bryan) and a chore (Addison).  Your laundry needs to be put away boys.  I wash and dry and fold.  YOU put it away!”

Them: “Huff. Puff.  Ugh.  Okay.”
Addison: storms off to his room after ending his Zelda time
Bryan: “Mom, I’m so sorry.  What do you need me to do?  Homework.  I have one page left and one problem on the front.”  He gathers his stuff together and gets to work at the kitchen table.  After I sit with him doing math homework he goes to his room and puts away his laundry in 5 minutes or less.
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Addison returns with a bucket of dirty laundry.  I asked if the other was put away.  He said,  “Yes, this is the new dirty stuff.”  Mind you I just did all of his laundry on Monday.  It is now Thursday and somehow he has a 3/4 full laundry basket?!  What in the heck is going on here.  Oh God help me.  I love them.  I love them.  I love them.  (in my head).

Dear God,
You are with us in ALL things and ALL moments.
Forgive us when we forget You in the midst of stress and frustration.
Help me re-center my thoughts and phrase my words with peace, love, and kindness.
Give me the energy for another day as a mom, wife, friend, maid, etc. 
Amen.


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