It’s probably a good thing that I’ve spent the last 25 or so years of my life without a really close extended family or in any one particular home for too long (longest was the 12 years lived in Missouri – 4 years in military housing and 8 in our own home!) …
I don’t set my heart too much on traditional celebrations of holidays. I mean, there are certain things my children expect on their birthdays or such … but overall, we have been in so many different homes in so many different locations, often times so far away from my family … I’m seriously OK with NOT having a traditional family celebration sometimes.
This year, I was asked what I was doing for Easter … and my crazy yet HAPPY answer was: I’m spending it ALONE. Yes, really.
And that’s ok.
It isn’t that my immediate family abandoned me so much as I gave them permission to go. I had to work on Saturday due to switching work days with a co-worker. It turns out my husband’s brother was coming to their parents home for a quick weekend visit. And I told my husband to take the kids and go see them! And so, when I left for work Saturday morning, they went to my in-laws house.
I cherish quiet far more than I felt the need to go to my in-laws house again since I’d just been there over my “so called Spring Break“. And believe me, these last 24 hours or so home alone has been such a BALM to my chaotic soul.
I thrive on quiet and calm … on things being in order and organized.
After a fairly quiet 4 1/2 hours at work on Saturday morning (thank goodness!!), I came home to this scene:
The kitchen – dishes overflowing the sink.
The living room- laundry that was hastily done on Friday night so the kids could have clothes for the weekend … plus the usual chaos of the week of work and school and exhaustion at nights.
And my girls’ room … *sigh*.
I do give them a break since it is a fairly small room shared by 2 girls with very different age levels of interest and stuff.
I braced myself with a yummy salad.
And I began Operation Organization. It’s kind of weird, but I thrive on this. Cleaning without disturbance, without having to stop to feed my family or answer questions or run someone to some appointment.
I also took a quick trip to Target and Walmart for supplies: a bright new (and inexpensive) kitchen rug for the sink area and some organizers for the girls’ room.
And some quiet alone time browsing for me!
My evening reward was a nice, clean kitchen!!
And because I am a nice mommy … and more so because I can’t stand chaos … I cleaned and organized the girls’ room.
I changed out MiMi’s winter clothes for her spring/summer ones and organized their closet which often serves as MiMi’s “play room”.
And I even freshed up my bedroom.
Today I celebrated Easter morning with a preacher I really enjoy on TV. Then I set my Easter table with the kids’ “traditional” little gifts for when they come home later today.
It isn’t much this year … but one thing this weekend reiterated to me is that Easter is still Easter … and Jesus still arose … even if I didn’t get Easter baskets or wear my Easter dress or cook a ham.
So, it wasn’t a traditional Easter … but I am still feeling SO VERY BLESSED.