Hello, my friends, how are you doing today? How was your week? Today in my neck of the woods, we are experiencing a cloudy but mild, pleasurable and refreshing kind of day.  It’s cloudy enough to feel cozy and cuddled and mild enough to be calming and comforting.  In reality, it’s a beautiful day, I love cloudy and non rainy (yet) days, it reminds me of fall.  Thankfully though, after glancing at the temperatures for the next seven days, (although the Lord has the final say and the meteorologists are frequently wrong) it appears that we will enjoy at least 80° every day. Right now, it is 69° with rain in the forecast, by the day’s end; a blessing our little kitchen garden is happy to receive.  The call of the cicadas tells me that summer is still here, although today may look like fall.     

I apologize for the length of time it took me to respond to last week’s Blog Party post.  It has been crazy in our household.  We took the girls back to their home away from home over the weekend and that event, my friends was borderline chaotic. Two weeks before, the girls were told to begin packing for their trip back to college. Do you think they did that? Do you? Do you? Let me put it this way, we left on Sunday, but most of the Friday and Saturday was spent corralling the chaos. By the time, we came back on Tuesday morning, I was exhausted (I’m getting too old for that). I needed to decompress a bit. Have you ever felt like that? What did you do to help alleviate the stress? 

My absolute favorite things to do to help release the tension is to call my mom.  There is something so very calming and soothing when I hear my mom’s voice. She reminds me that God has not abdicated His throne; that He is still in control.  Nothing affects my life, without His permission.  

Or sometimes, I’ll take a nature walk. I love those too; it’s peaceful and tranquil, in spite of the number of people along the way. As a matter of fact, that’s the best part; the interaction with strangers pursuing a common goal.  Nature reminds me that my God is trustworthy, that His love for me is secure.  

Reading also helps, especially on days like today; cloudy with a hint of rain in the forecast.  Give me a good historical or suspenseful romance book and all my stress falls to the wayside.  Relaxation and recreation are God’s gift to mankind.  It reminds me of God’s kindness and mercy. 

Eventually my mind catches up with my body and peace reigns, albeit too briefly at times.  The Lord has surely blessed me with a wonderful husband for which I am very thankful. In spite of the chaos that dominated our household, while preparing the girls for their senior and sophomore year at college, he knew I would miss them. He was aware that this mama’s heart would be slightly unsettled; oh, those control issues! Without any prompting, he will usher me into the car for a drive.  I love those; the sweet silence as we drive, because I know it means, he is praying for me and the girls. (Young ladies don’t settle for less).  How thankful I am for my God’s patience and gentleness. 

clouds as we drive by

Here is a brief(?) summary of my week. How was yours? 

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