I am in a productive season. I realize it is a season – a season I am grateful for, but do not take for granted. When I was pregnant, I was not this productive. When I had a 3 month old, or a 6 month old I couldn’t dream of getting this much done in a week, much less a single day. Even with a 9 month old I was still not getting a good night’s sleep, so though the child became more independent and lower maintenance, I still had to keep my to-do list low-key or I was too spent in the evening to do the dinner dishes.
But now – now! I am getting a good 8 hours every night, and only spending a few precious moments a day nursing, doing less baby laundry, no separate baby food prep – there’s no end to what I can achieve, or so it seems. I do not tell you this to brag, but to remind you – and myself – yet again, that there are seasons in our lives. Don’t chafe against an un-pleasant one, don’t take a sweet one for granted. They are seasons, and they pass all too quickly. We must live fully in the one were are in.
And that’s what I’m doing. Today I am finishing up some Christmas gift preparations, which included a trip into our tiny town with Jesse mid morning which was successful. We had fun, thanks especially to a bagful of treasures at the teeny thrift store for just 2 dollars, and a quick visit with daddy at the coal business. At home again I put away two loads of laundry, then cleaned the kitchen in preparation for a baking spree. In between keeping track of my toddler and feeding my husband a hot lunch, e-mailing my sister-in-law, and at least 7 phone calls back and forth with my mother, I made 16 dozen biscotti and listened to a book on librivox. How’s that for a day’s work? You see why I am enjoying this season. 🙂
Oh, and I made this pine cone garland to complete my living room’s outfit for Christmas – an idea copied from the Pottery Barn Catalog I ordered for inspiration after reading this post on frugal hacks. The one in the catalog was $29! I love pine cones.