I made it! I finally made it to Georgia. A 9 hour car ride with 5 kids is enough to frazzle my nerves but overall it went really well. There were a few minor spats, mostly because they had thought it would be easier to sleep in the car than it turned out to be but when we got to the cabin I rented everyone was glad they’d made the trip.
Now, as I sit on the back porch listening to the birds chirping and the river flowing just down the hill, I am starting to feel a sense of peace. The kids are all occupied, in one way or another. And suddenly it’s just me and nature….and my laptop.
We will spend the next few days exploring the area, visiting state parks, finding waterfalls, rafting down the river and generally being outside as they complain about how hot it is. But I am also hoping to spend some time sitting and thinking about where my life is going. Over the past few months my life has begun to change in some very meaningful ways and I’ve been too tired and too busy recently to do much more than go through the motions.
I’m enjoying posting to this blog every day and interacting with people on WordPress. Collaborating on the Word of the Day has added a new dimension to this. My book is getting some attention and sales are going better than I expected. I have taken over the 2 parents’ groups on Meetup and I have had a surprising number of people step forward offering to help.
But I’ve also had my kids a lot more than usual and when they are with me I try to give them most of my attention. This means that although I’m making progress in these areas I haven’t had time to truly think about what I’m doing with them.
I’m hoping this weekend, probably in the quiet hours of the morning when the kids are sleeping, I will spend some time trying to see how all these things fit together. Maybe they don’t, but it’s something to think about. And I feel like here, in the woods with just the sound of nature, I might just be able to figure it out.
This post is in response to the daily writing prompt Frazzle