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I had had enough. Enough of the bickering, what I perceived as disrespectful disobedience, and whining.
In May, I can’t wait to be off the rat-race schedule of school days but come the end of July, oh girl. I need that schedule back.
Khalil Gilbran once said, “Let there be spaces in your togetherness.”
Every year at this time, we need some spaces in our togetherness.
The truth is . . . my kids are good kids. They aren’t disrespectful and for the most part, they are pretty good at obeying their parents.
But this one particular night a few weeks ago, I was tired. Empty. Trying to work on final edits for Heart Sisters and our usual, trusty babysitter was gone all summer.
And while I long for extra time with my babes in May, I always forget there’s a cost to that, too. I don’t get much mama time in the summer and it impacts every little thing from the general emotional feel of our home to my marriage.
Mama sets the temperature of the home and when we’re empty, the temperature is always near freezing.
I told them it was time to turn out the lights. I told them no more talking and certainly, no more giggling. It was time to sleep.
Those two boys aren’t called Frick and Frack for nothing.
I knew I wanted to read Unglued by Lysa TerKeurst as our next book club selection, so I had been reading it when I heard another round of laughter and a loud shriek emanating from the boys’ bedroom.
Without even thinking, I bounded up the stairs in a flash and stomped into their room. Still holding the Unglued book, mind you.
I had a grand mal temper tantrum and it was ugly. It most certainly wasn’t a moment of my best self.
I just love it when God delivers such confirmation because it erases any doubt. Obviously, there is no doubt He led me to pick this next book.
And of course, while I am indeed ready to get back into the swing of things, we all know getting back into the swing of things can lead to meltdowns in the mornings as we are trying to get everyone out the door by a deadline.
I would like to invite you to journey with us for a six week study of Unglued. Here’s how this works:
1. Purchase a copy of Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions
2. Click this link to request an invitation to join the study on Facebook. This is where we will have discussions and interact as a group. Our main group chat will occur on Wednesday evenings at 9 p.m. EST but if you can’t make it at that time, you can always respond and interact on your own time schedule. This is a closed group – meaning others can see the group and who is in it but no one can see the posts except those in the group.
3. Show-up here on the blog on Monday, August 18, ready to discuss Chapters One and Two in the comment section (I pose questions for you to respond to). I don’t take attendance so this is for those who can!
4. Show-up at our Facebook group on Wednesday, August 20 for our first Unglued chat!
Questions? Message me at ncnapp at gmail dot com (must spell that out so I don’t get an inbox of spam!)
Hope to have you along with us!
Awesome quotes from Unglued:
“Oh God chisel me. I don’t want to be locked in my hard places forever. I want to be free. I want to be all that you have in mind for me to be.”
“Feelings should be indicators, not dictators.”
“Bad moments don’t make bad mamas.”
“Imperfect changes are slow steps of progress wrapped in grace . . . imperfect progress.“