This week has been full of surprises already.
We got to meet mom’s best friend Jo for dinner.
We got to visit my aunt and uncle, where Nathan played violin for my grandfather.
Then, unexpectedly, Jessica came home with us for a week, no suitcase or anything.
So Nathan and I have had two days of tag teaming and staggering our work days so that we can enjoy our time with her but also keep our jobs that did not plan on having more time off when we were just off last week.
Tonight was good, though, so that by the time we were both finished with work, Nathan and Jessica jumped in the pool and did some screaming-laughing while I got dinner in the oven and did some weed-eating.
(It seems weed-eating always needs to be done. It is not that our yard is so big, but between the fence and the pool and the garden (inside and outside the fence), we have a lot of perimeter.)
We had our couples study while dinner finished and Jess had her bath, and then enjoyed a hot meal and taking the dogs for a walk. It was Nathan’s turn to read the Book of Mormon chapter with Jessica (she is on 3rd Nephi with us), and then she said her prayers and brushed her teeth and we had family prayer and tucked her in tight (with the light on).
Nathan and I collapsed at the end of the day, having gotten everything in from our own exercise and healthy eating and study and prayers to couples prayers and study to family prayer and study, with work and playtime thrown into the mix. Some days it is harder than others, but it sure feels good when we do it well and receive that strength and peace.
Nathan is back at his “day job” writing copy for the catalog while also preparing for another reading of Broadcast in New York, negotiating the cast album, and working on a brand new musical with Scott as well.
I just swim in the air, keeping the laundry going, cooking meals, forever cleaning up, and constantly picking up tiny socks and crayons and baby dolls.
And I love it, which is a good thing since we are about to do it on purpose.
Our final home study, for sure (allegedly), is this Friday.
We will see.