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My First Week of “Freedom” – It was all a Hoax

Back to school! All the Mom’s cheer…

Really?

Don’t believe it for one second, I tell you!

That cup of coffee never got finished…just saying.

First week back, well, you heard about our first day, but let’s just say the next two didn’t go any better! On the third day of school I received a call that Dallas (in grade 2) had really hurt his foot during recess. Being laid back (and also, having dealt with many twisted ankles, sore legs and bruised bones), I sort of shrugged it off until the next day. Dallas still couldn’t put weight on it the second day, so away we went to ER and, long story short, he is in a cast for two weeks.

How we are going to keep him from wrecking the other leg…I do not know, because literally this is what it looks like a week later:

Yeah… he somehow decided to go on the zip line and jumped off into my garden. Barefoot!!!

Boys, I tell you! It’s like they have a built in self-destruct button!

The second week I have had some busy moments and some calm ones, but I’m in the process of harvesting the last of my vegetables for the season and canning takes SO much time! But I got to canning some pasta sauce, which is my least favourite thing to can, so now it’s just salsa!

I also did a lot of baking because, oh my word, are school lunches ever expensive!!

And last but not least I am making cakes for others again!! This is something I have a love/hate relationship with. I love it because it is like doing arts and crafts…but I hate it because I literally make about $4 an hour for my time. Here’s a sneak peek at what I’ve been working on but I think I’ll do a separate post about it later:

And burger week! I can’t forget burger week!!We have such a thing in our small city as burger week and participating restaurants each make their own specialty, limited-time, burger to be voted on …so of course Ryan and I had to go to try at least one:

It was amazing!! And I still feel full. Yes, I did finish the whole thing. 😋

So there you have it! My first four-day-week of having half-days with no kids around in over 13 years!! It’s amazing how much I can pack into a day with them gone. However, when they come home the life returns to our house and once again it’s chaotic and loud….and I realize that I truly have missed them.

“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from them. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the one whose quiver is full of them…”

Psalm 127:3-5

7 thoughts on “My First Week of “Freedom” – It was all a Hoax

  1. You’re amazing! I wish I’d get around to canning since our tomatoes finally starting turning red, but every day fills up with children’s misadventures (no broken bones yet, knock on wood!).

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  2. Heather, thank you for sharing with such transparency and realatability. Being Mom is the hardest, most rewarding, and important job there is. The value of children is incomprehensible! Matthew 18:6,14 (as a for instance). I learned about boys after my grandson was born, and I thought my heart would fail me as he would without notice, jump off of furniture, and dive to the floor… Blessings on you and your family ♥

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    1. Thank you! I used to think that mothering was important but I found it so hard to agree when people said it was the most important job, because there are SO many important roles out there. But when I started volunteering with children and youth, I began to realize that so many of these other important jobs wouldn’t even be needed if mothers would just take the theirs seriously! Mothers fill the roles of so many people, they are truly irreplaceable!! (thinking of my own mom and mother-in-love here 😊)

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