You know those folks who when you say “hey, how are you?” in greeting, answer “better than I deserve!” and you never quite know what to say? Yeah, me either. But today, that’s all I can say about the week.
Laughter and margaritas (happy, Kristen?) in the country on Saturday, work on Sunday, finished chapter on Monday, dinner with book club/moms club moms on Tuesday, tea and chocolate date with Jessica and Jean and Kristen and KATE FROM NEW ZEALAND on Wednesday, t-ball for Widget, Mom’s full attention for Little Bear, and today there’s chapter research and lunch duty for Widget and party for Bear and then the summer starts to begin in earnest.
And we’re good. We’re so, so good. The kids are delicious, and I’m back to “parenting” instead of just “managing” to hang on in the madness of the end of the school year. Finally. We don’t always do amazing things in the afterschool hour, no, but we do some days, and the other days we just play near each other while mommy works or gets down on the floor and plays with the boys. Because I can right now. I’m in a good period, and even preschool pickup doesn’t tire me out completely. I can do it AND play when they get home, if I don’t exert myself with the chores in the morning. So we’re in a routine now. Write in the morning, lunch with Bear, write in the early afternoon, pick up and play with kids, easy dinner, put kids down, and then work again before a dip in the pool. What an amazing life.
And spending so much of it with friends lately? So wonderful. I am so lucky. You know, this is never the life I would have asked for — but it has so many good parts, and laughing with friends and playing with children and quiet time with my husband make the rough parts easier and the easy parts full of joy. And there is so very much joy. Jessica’s baby Alice, for example. I held her again yesterday, and she makes my heart sing with promise for the future. She is so loved, by her parents, by her siblings, by her bloggy mama aunties — and goodness will follow her. I can tell.
As Kristen likes to tease me, suunshine and rainbows follow me everywhere. When I hold baby Alice, they multiply. She is such a blessing to her family and friends!
In other news, the pool is finished (oh, floating in it is heaven — my hip slips back into place, my aches are soothed, and just for a little while I can forget my limitations), the sunroom surrounding it is being shingled (when the guys show up, they do great work!), and yesterday I bought new plants at Johnson’s Nursery. PERENNIALS.
Think about that one for a moment!
The picture on this post is from yesterday’s tea and chocolate date. I love the full picture so much but we all have different levels of privacy for this blogging thing and just like I don’t post pictures of my kids (which makes posts like this week’s happiness look way too self-centered — sorry about that!), not everyone likes their picture on the web. So I keep pictures of book club, anonymous and pseudonymous bloggers off the internet, but I do keep them in my heart. Maybe you can tell from the cropped picture above how happy I am to be with friends. Trust me when I say their smiles are big and bright too.
So how am I doing? Better than I deserve.
And I’m so, so grateful.
If you have a moment to pray or cheer another cancer warrior on, could you please lift up my friend Jenny? She is battling her tumor Gertrude again, and the Xeloda is hurting her, like it hurt me last Fall (luckily for her it appears to be working!) She blogs at Get Out Gertrude and twitters as @jaydub26. Thank you.