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Sunday, May 30, 2010

A Good Gardening, Grace Filled Day

Wow! Where did the week go? Well, last week of school, last final to write, last one to grade, teacher gifts to be made, grades to be averaged, pool parties to chaperone, people to have over for dinner, 20 picture albums to put together...you know, your run of the mill stuff.

It was a terribly, wonderfully busy week. Interestingly enough I celebrated by getting up at 6 AM Saturday morning to run three miles with the half training group. The weather was relatively cool and it was fun to see old friends and meet some new ones. There's just something about exercise that feels so good.

I came home to find my husband cooking breakfast and my kids sitting patiently at the table waiting to eat. Nelson and I performed a tag team effort in seamless harmony to put some food on the table. We all sat down and enjoyed a leisurely breakfast that included real conversations, laughter and fun.

The kids wanted to ride their bikes in the street and for the first time in a few weeks, I said yes because there was nothing else I absolutely had to do. The flower beds needed some tending so I killed two birds with one stone.

The skies were slightly overcast and every once in awhile a cool breeze graced us with its presence. There was a constant influx of neighbors to chat with. The kids chased the grasshoppers and lizards I stirred up while pulling weeds. Once in awhile they would chip in with the work. What is it that is so satisfying about getting dirty in my own yard?

We gathered together again for lunch and a wild game of Yahtzee. We all showered and made it to mass where we got to see one of our favorite priests and get him to sign his new book.

It was one of those rare days where there was no rush and no real plans. We worked together in perfect harmony and totally enjoyed each other. In the middle of all that we also got a lot of stuff done. There's just something that feels so good about being a family.

Hopefully, this summer we'll have a lot more of the same.


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