The Shop-Vaccing of Our Life

| 6/12/2011 4:29:00 PM

Becky, Andy, Elly, Ethan, and LiamWe arrived home from church this morning and began clearing out the van. As those of you with children might understand, it takes but a few trips before your vehicle of choice is littered with innumerable crumbs, toys and random items that have found their way beneath the seats. For us, taking out the necessary items each time (diaper bag, jackets, drink cups), but leaving the rest of the crud is our typical M.O.

For one, it's just practical. Between the two of us, getting three kids out of the van along with their accompanying items and our own, one trip is just barely possible on a good day.

But two, as we are learning, leaving the rest of the "crud" for another day is indicative of more than just the family mini-van. It represents our entire lives right now.

Andy and I are working in reactive, triage mode and have been for the last...well, far can I back up? As I think about it, I don't know that we've ever been proactive in our approach to life!

I'm walking in the house with an armload of books, toys and two random bath towels, and I hear the Shop-Vac turn on in the garage. Andy has all the large items out of the van, spread across the driveway and Elly and Ethan are playing in the vacuous space in the back of the van. The kitchen is as we left it this morning; half eaten muffins and leftover scones litter the table along with empty milk glasses and a lonely French Press near the sink. Normally we clean up after every meal, but we had a late night last night, visiting family 3 hours away for an annual reunion. We pulled into the drive around 11:30 pm and pretty much shoved everyone into their respective beds before crashing ourselves.

It was nice to see family, have a day off and watch the kids run around with cousins removed. Little Liam passed though about 15 different mothering arms before the day was donem, and we all enjoyed a small town June Dairy Days parade in which Andy energized Ethan and Elly to smile and wave the hardest of all the kids on the block. On our long drive home, we forced conversation in order to keep the driver alert and on the ready.

Nebraska Dave
6/17/2011 8:15:05 PM

Becky & Andy, It so quickens my heart to see how you two are growing in the spirit and in the physical. You are truly blessed to have each other. Many times only one in the marriage is on the journey of self examination. I expect great things will come from your coming together on this issue. Life's journey brings many obstacles to over come. Stay strong in your faith and you can come through the trials stronger than before. It's a great victory of identify and overcome one's weaknesses. My prayer is that through your sharing others will be encouraged to press into their own struggles with the courage and determination that you two have. No one is exempt from life's hurdles. How we deal with them is what determines if we get stronger or become defeated. The key is never never never give up. Thank you for sharing you life journey with us.

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