I spent the day in quiet. No T.V., no radio, no music. Only the music of springtime: birds, and frogs, and wind in the trees.
After working in my garden for a little while I found myself back in side and in the mood to declutter and clean. I emptied out drawers, finally throwing away receipts from when our foster boys were with us…fifteen months ago. I rearranged books and what few nick-knacks I have.
I worked, but I rested too.
I rested from the internet, from the distraction of eight different tabs open, vying for my attention. I rested from social media, and the silent noise of people chattering back and forth, each one clamoring for their voices to be heard. (I say that without malice because most days I am one of those voices hoping to be heard.)
I rested from blogging, and writing, and planning. I lived my life. I walked down our dirt driveway and smelled the earth around me, all dirty and musty and full of life. I rubbed my hands on my rosemary plant and enjoyed the rich, spicy smell that lingered.
And when I came inside and worked I was particularly aware of how grateful I am for our home. I wasn’t distracted by those things that seem oh-so-important, and I looked around our home and thought about how incredibly blessed I am. My house is quiet, completely void of the sound of children laughing and crying and dropping legos on hardwood floors and splashing water onto the wrong side of the bathtub. But my home is full of love. And yesterday, embracing rest and quiet, I was reminded of how much I love this little house and a few acres.
Sometimes, every now and then I need to take a big step back from my online life and live the here and now life that God has given me.
April was jam-packed with blogging and fertility treatments, and design projects. May is shaping up to be a little more quiet. And I’m looking forward to that.
*Our barn cat, Cinders has been enjoying a pickup truck bed full of mulch. We’ve been working on some outdoor projects, but Cinders thinks we created a big comfy bed just for him.
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