Saturday was a successful day.
For a long time, I've been eager to get out of the house for a little "thinking time", as I like to call it. It's very difficult to get time to think and plan and reflect in a house this busy - even if all the people are out of the house, I'd probably succumb to the siren call of cleaning. It's also difficult when things are going on in the morning and the afternoon fills up with other needs and suddenly, the day and opportunity is gone.
This time, my clever husband had a clever idea - if getting out is important, we need to treat it as important and make time for it at the beginning of the day, before the other needs of the day pushes it out. So, he packed me off to Starbucks, complete with a shopping list to get some alone-shopping done, as well.
It. Was. Lovely. I finished my yearly retreat book, Shopping for Time and made some notes. I'd been having lots of ideas swirling around my brain regarding priorities and interests, and I was able to finally nail down where my focus needs to be during this season of life. I was able to pray without distraction and plan my calendar. In short, I was able to be a little pro-active and intentional about life. And then I got to do the food shopping without a herd of children making unauthorized additions to the cart.
And my sweet husband, the clever Starbucks-sender? Oh, he was at home, making sure the children did their chores, getting on with a building project in the schoolroom and fixing my laptop screen!!! I hadn't even realized that this was possible, but he was able to order a new screen from laptopscreen.com, watch a video of how to install it and get the whole job done in a matter of minutes. I highly recommend doing this in case your children, you know, drop your laptop on the floor.
But you have to get your own husband to fix it. Sorry.