|Her somewhat smug, self-satisfied little smile|
just fits me to a T right now.
Inspired by a recent post at Keeper Of The Home, I promptly shared it with everyone I could and then ran to my generous husband to put in my request for a Mom's Day Out. I don't even know if he knew just what I was asking for beyond a time of reprieve; he's great that way - it was enough and I picked my date. I have looked forward to "my day" ever since I read that post; anticipation is a small word for the relish it spread over my heart. I have spent the past two days doing all sorts of organizing in our bonus/school room - purging, sorting, coordinating, and bringing some sort of cohesion to it all once again. Last night I picked out a few things to bring along with my computer and finally, today came!
Reading through Erin Odom's post, it is clear she and I are cut from very different cloth. She's much more of a stoic, spartan sort. (Forgive me if that paints an ungenerous picture, Erin! But rising every day at 5:30?!!!) I'm more of a marshmallow by comparison. But she has inspired me. The thing is, I'm such a wuss I won't even post all the plans I'm coming up with. I'm still "trying them on." Actually, my start to my big day was a giant tell-tale. I slept til 9, got up and had leftover beans and sopa (thanks to my gourmet son) and some homemade broth for breakfast; visited with my honey; showered and dressed; dealt with kid issues; and finally rolled away from the house around 1pm. "Ah well," I thought, "if I stay out until nine that'll still give me a solid eight hours." And that's what I did.
I needed it. I am not an organized person, even after homeschooling five kids over seventeen years. It is still a process of growth, reach, and change for me. I hope you find that comforting. For me to try to locate and pull together even the beginnings of the 'planning' part of this retreat took a good deal of time and effort. Still, I was able to accomplish some basic bones and I feel quite cheered by it. I'm hoping that my notes on the rest of it make sense to me later on. I have to look for someplace to squeeze the other two days worth of planning I find I was not able to fit into my time away today! A little here, a little there I guess.
Now it's off to bed so I can get some much needed rest before rising for a Prayer and Pancakes Breakfast a good friend is hosting tomorrow morning as further bolster to our start to 2012. I am so blessed and so thankful!
How are your preparations coming along? So what if tomorrow is New Year's Eve, you still have time before things really get underway; and as I'm sure some will be reading this after we've moved on into January, it's the intentionality that counts, not the date. Get yourself a planning retreat!
Linked with Domestically Divine, Time Warp Wife, Works For Me Wednesday, Simple Lives Thursday