Fayetteville and Friday Favorites
I know, I know…everyone’s busy. But, humor me for a minute and pretend to be interested in what’s been keeping me busy.
I’ve been missing Kaden something fierce this summer. I’m okay. I really am. It’s okay. It really is. (Sometimes I repeat things in an attempt to convince myself to believe whatever I’m saying.) He is exactly where He needs to be, but I need to acknowledge the pain of letting a child go, letting a child grow up, and the process of adapting to a new normal. It’s tough. At least it is for me.
It’s okay. I’m okay.
Maybe there’s another blog you read that tells you having a child leave home is awesome and painless. Let me know when you find it so I can send pathetic, pity-party, miserable emails to that mother. Maybe she’ll take pity on me and send me something. Like prozac. Or money for therapy. Or a restraining order.
Anyway, Kaden asked if I wanted to come to Fayetteville with him to help him move into his new home, meet his roommates, and be super impressed with his 4 flat screens “on one wall in our living room, so on college game day, we can watch 4 games at one time. It’s so awesome.”
It’s all fun and games till you have to pay for cable, and, oh, a couch.
The kids and I jumped at the chance to go. Stefan had to stay back and work because impromptu road trips aren’t cheap. Especially if you buy all the essentials.
I guess a mattress, box spring, and bed frame could be considered essentials, too.
Although, Kaden survived all of June in his new place without a bed. He also didn’t have electricity or plumbing.
For a month.
I don’t even know what to say about that.
When we got to the new place, Kaden warned me that his room was a “little unsettled.”
Clearly, he would have failed the vocab test that asked him to define “little unsettled” and use it in a sentence.
But, can I just take a moment and brag on my favorite daughter?
That’s totally a rhetorical question.
She came up with all the good ideas. And all the good solutions. And all the good attitudes.
Because there are a lot of chiefs in our family and maybe an indian. One. maybe.
We all had opinions about Kaden’s room.
Finally, we agreed that Kaden would take the boys fishing and Kendall and I would stay at the house and organize and clean the pit.
After deciding that blowing everything up was not a valid option, Kendall and I worked hard to make his room look like this:
And, it made my mama’s heart full of joy knowing that I left Kaden with clean clothes and an organized room. And, in the hands of the One who loves my child more than I do.
When we got back to Waco, it was all things school prep: registration, supplies, shopping, doctor checkups, parties.
So by the time the kids went back to school, I was ready to take a day to relax and rest…
Which brings me to the whole reason for this post.
Friday Favorites: Comfort Items
My sister, Vonda, told me about this slipper. It’s a game changer for me. I almost never go bare foot in my home. Two reasons: my house is all tile except in bedrooms and I have temperature issues and my house is all tile except in the bedrooms and I have an aversion to sweeping everyday.
The strap doesn’t stretch out and the bottom has a sole in case you want to wear them out. Like to take carpool. Or, maybe run to the grocery store.
My life is uber glamorous.
These are the most comfortable pants in the world. Again, hypothetically, if one stayed in them all day long, one could run into the grocery store real quick if one needed something. Like swedish fish. Just off the top of my head.
Or if one needed this:
3. Talenti Gelato
Because a day of comfort requires gelato. And, this gelato is what they serve in Heaven. At the banquet table. With Jesus at the right hand of God with a spoon in His left eating this gelato.
My favorite flavors:
Coffee chocolate chip
Sea Salt Caramel
Caramel Cookie Crunch
But, I cannot help you when you eat the entire jar in one sitting. I can only fist pump the air and say, “I feel you.”
And, if you need a good book to curl up with I offer two suggestions…and I’ve shared them before. Please forgive.
There you have it. My favorite comforts for a respite. But, rest a little bit and then, let’s get back to work. I’m more convinced than ever that people need Jesus. They are right in front of us crying out for more to this life and we have the opportunity to offer Hope. Hope that anchors our soul and does not disappoint.
Y’all are my favorites.
Have a great weekend.
If you’re in Fayetteville, stop by and say hi to Kaden, but don’t let me know if his room isn’t clean. Ignorance is bliss.