I'm sorely missing some kind of routine in my life. With Thanksgiving week, the kids I nanny for were out of school the entire week. So my usual "routine" days looked a little bit differently. It was fun being with them most of the day and my hours were different as well. Devin and I even hung out with them the night before Thanksgiving while their parents went out.
Then of course, we had Thanksgiving and the day after off. We celebrated Thanksgiving Day with Macy's Thanksgiving Parade from start to finish, warm cinnamon rolls, a game of flag football with the family, and then a delicious dinner at Devin's parents. It's so much fun having our baby nephew around for all of the holidays this year! Friday morning Devin and I headed out to Arkansas for my family's annual African Thanksgiving get together. It was a short visit but so much fun. We were back on the road Saturday afternoon.We spent Sunday putting up our Christmas decorations.
Routine looked like it was coming back again this week, that is until Thursday afternoon. I'm sure by now you've all heard about the crazy winter weather all over, but especially in the Dallas, Texas area where we live. This has been our view since Thursday night....
|I know it looks like snow, but it's really all ice/sleet!|
The freezing rain and sleet started around 2:30 Thursday afternoon and didn't stop until noon the next day. Our area got about 4 inches of ice and sleet and temperatures haven't been above freezing this entire weekend. Devin and I didn't go to work on Friday, all church activities were cancelled on Sunday, and today I went in to work later since the schools were all closed again. Basically the entire Dallas metroplex shut down. Now, before you Northerners go laughing at us...roads covered completely in ice are a bit different than snow and Dallas is a huge area that sand/salt trucks haven't been able to fix yet. A lot of people lost power due to fallen limbs or frozen power lines, thankfully we weren't one of them. Instead, Devin and I enjoyed a nice long, cozy weekend in our home. We only ventured out Sunday night to get some food and, um, we couldn't make it back up our slanted driveway and had to park the car in front of our house. Sigh. But besides that, our view has been pretty good this weekend, I think...
So about that routine stuff I was talking about...All my classes for Thursday and the weekend were cancelled and were moved to this week at sometime (when I was hoping to be done with them all). I don't know when the roads will be 100% again or when the kids will go back to school. Then they only have this week and next left until their Christmas break and then we'll be on vacation too (not that I'm complaining). I don't know when I'll get that routine. In fact, I may never really have it back until after my first year or so of teaching. So, uh, we're looking at a couple of years give or take.
It's true...When you look at life's big picture all at once, it can be overwhelming. I love routine and structure, but the fact is, I may not get that fully back for a while. Then Devin and I will decide to have kids and routine will be gone until they're all grown up. Maybe I need to learn to be a little less Type A and look more at the smaller details of life most of the time. That definitely gets my breathing back to normal ;)
This long weekend was so needed. I look at it as a sweet gift from the Lord. It was so nice to be hidden away in our cozy home, away from reality, and to just focus on one another, movie marathons, Christmas fun, cooking good food, and relaxing. It's hard to think about the week ahead and facing the real world again with all of its demands. But, I'm asking the Lord for strength and patience and determination to push through one day at a time.