Rain pours down. We are former desert dwellers and still get giddy at the sound of the pitter-patter, so we head outside with newly unpacked umbrellas to run and romp in the rain, explore muddy ravines, and make all kinds of observations on our impromptu morning nature walk. As my children’s laughter rings in my ears and I watch their feet dance in puddles, I’m reminded how sweet and short this season is that we have with our children. Soon they will be grown and gone. The days of romping in the rain will be over and quiet will reign supreme. And I’ll miss all of this. I’ll miss the noise. I’ll miss the dirt. I’ll miss the extra loads of laundry because imaginations ran wild.
With all of our wet, muddy clothes in the washing machine, we settled down for some tea and then pulling out our pastels. I’ve mentioned how much we love these pastel tutorials from Hodgepodge and I’ll say it again; these ebook tutorials are amazing. They are so clearly laid out and the kids love the finished results. This morning I uploaded the “American Landmarks” tutorial guide to the kindle since we’ve been learning about U.S. Geography this year. When Keegan came down for breakfast he made a mad dash for the Kindle when I mentioned that I had uploaded a new set of tutorials. He :almost: didn’t want to go play in puddles. But once he realized that we would do BOTH, he quickly downed his breakfast and completed his morning chores along with his brothers so we could head out!
As the new pastel masterpieces started to accumulate, I remembered that these fabulous tutorials are on sale through Wednesday – 50% off! If you are looking for a no-fuss, no-experience-needed art tutorials, you can’t go wrong with these! We have both the Simple Start in Chalk Pastels as well as the Shark, Winter Olympics, and American Landmarks.
As for the settling in… We’ve now been in the Dallas area for a little over a month. It’s all gone by crazy fast. Sometimes I wonder if some people just aren’t cut out for moving… If so, I would be one of them. The only way I managed to pack up our home in less than 4 weeks was by the grace of God and the help of many dear friends. After Rich left for Dallas to start his job, I must admit that there were moments where I just froze, not even knowing where to start. But there was a deadline and we made it.
Now I have another problem – no deadlines to get moved into this new house, in this strange city, without my close-knit community of friends. I’ve been dragging my feet until I realized that I wasn’t motivated to do much of anything because the house was chaotic. So we’ve been kicking the unpacking into hyper-drive and Rich has stepped in to help and work alongside me. Piles of boxes still line the sides of a couple of rooms as I figure out how to organize in a smaller space with less storage areas, but the mood has lifted today. It is amazing how much a little bit of order can accomplish.
While this was a major disruption in our “normal” it’s been exciting to watch all of us move outside of our comfort zones, experience being the newbie, discover forgotten books as we’ve unpacked, and had ample opportunity to practice extending grace to one another.
We are enjoying our new green surroundings and focusing on the positives of here – lots of green, rain, new bugs, and lots of earthworms. It’s provided ample opportunity for discovery and forays into imaginative play. But we’ll admit that we are missing our old friends, sunshine, and big Arizona skies… Knowing we are supposed to be here and the special time we’ve had together as a family has made all of this totally worth it.