I don’t know how it happened, but the first half of February has passed in a whirlwind and I’m late with my blog! Here in Australia, February is the beginning of the year for most activities. January is for summer holidays, a slower time for many people at work, and time off for many. Then the school year starts at the very end of January (just after Australia Day celebrations on the 26th), and everyone scrambles with all the “firsts” for their regular activities – sport, music lessons, school meetings, small groups at church, work planning meetings… Suddenly, the six week summer school break seems like a distant memory, and you are head down in everything. Don’t forget to breathe!
This year in my family is a year of change and new things. My brother got married in early January. My daughter has entered her final year of high school and is tackling 3 major works. We’ll be welcoming a new nephew into the family sometime in the next couple of weeks. My son starts uni next week. (In the meantime, he’s being a typical 19 year old who spends a lot of time out with friends. I hardly ever know if he’ll be home for meals, and we often leave the light on for him before going to bed.) My husband’s night for Bible study has changed. Our family routines have been turned upside down after a pretty steady run for most of the kids’ school years. And they’ll change again when Alex starts regular classes at uni in a week or so.
In the midst of all that change, my weeks have been a bit chaotic. We’ve had nothing resembling a regular routine yet this year, and my calendar is a mess! I had some requests for extra work to juggle, with some health issues happening, some new responsibilities to take on, and to cap it all off – I’ve been called for jury duty. Woah! Someone slow the world down, I need to take a breather. Life feels a little bit crazy right now.
But when I do stop and breathe for a minute, I realise how very blessed I am. Life might look messy right now, but I have a wonderful family, fabulous friends, a loving church community and work that I absolutely love! I’m working on a scrapbook album about my brother’s wedding, and another one for my Dad on his European trip – what a privilege to be able to make lasting keepsakes of those special times for my family members. When my new nephew arrives, I’ll have a new album to do – all those wonderful joys of a new life to celebrate and record. Eventually, we’ll settle into our new “normal”, and life will seem not so chaotic once more. I just need to remember what’s important to me, and keep breathing!