As my kids get older, the need to drink in every moment with them becomes more and more vitally important to me and to us as a family. My husband and I know that once they are adults those times to connect will be a bigger challenge. Life will change (as it is supposed to).
My priorities are creating memories and pouring our faith into them in every moment. So, balancing what needs to get done with what we want our life to look like is all part of achieving our overall goal.
It sounds trite to think about menu plans and cleaning plans and yard upkeep. But it's all necessary, isn't it? And it's all part of teaching our kids how to balance their own lives someday. It's really all about intentional living whether it's ministry service, cleaning the house, or having a party. It's about keeping priorities as priorities without over thinking or becoming inflexible.
I am thinking of taking two days per week where I don't purposely plan anything. It'll give us time for deep cleaning, organizing, cleaning up the yard and catching up with ourselves. On the other days it can be quick clean ups for an hour or so each morning.
Today is one of those days. We'll tidy room by room, dust and clean floors, catch up with laundry, grocery shop. There's a meeting planned in the afternoon but I think I can get the stuff I need to get done around it.
I know this...weekends are too precious to me to spend them catching up on the house and yard. So I'll intentionally take those days during the week to keep things caught up. The rest of the time will be devoted for enjoying our summer! :)
"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens..." Ecclesiastes 3:1