If you have followed me long at all, you know I thrive on having a schedule. I like to know when things are going to happen ... in advance. And I like the structure and surety that comes with keeping things about the same time every day.
Needless to say, the last few weeks have been rough. I have days when I don't even know if it's Tuesday or Thursday only to find out it's Wednesday. Not having my normal "appointments" like preschool and story time and church services leaves me confused and willing like I'm missing something. Because I am.
I've been trying to find ways to stay active and busy through this time of being home. As well as things to keep my kids out of the way while my husband tries to lead his classes online through the computer -- not an easy task with two preschoolers running around behind him.
When it's not raining (and we have had a FEW days of beautiful weather instead of rain), we go outside. I got to looking at my garden, and after being neglected all winter, it was in desperate need of some attention. As I pulled weed after weed, dandelions and wild onions and wild violets and other things, calm returned for a while. You see, I was restoring order to something in chaos. And that's something I can't do in every aspect of my life.
But, it led me to looking for other areas where I could do something similar. Cleaning out "to do later" stacks, working on what I can for my preschool kids while we're apart, putting up something every time I walk through a room (and there's always something to put up). Every time I found something else like that to do, a bit of calm returned.
It reminded me that even in this very chaotic and crazy time, where we're never sure if and when we'll get to leave our house on a normal basis again, there are still things we can do and still ways to have a regular schedule and ordered life. And through it all, God is there, and He will make sure order is found, no matter what.
What have you been doing to occupy the time and keep your mind off the craziness? Does it help you to stick to a schedule or find something to clean? Have you found another way of finding peace amidst the confusion?
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