On Friday, Sweet Husband declared that he wanted to get up Sunday morning and catch the sunrise on the beach. I’m generally up early anyway, so a sunrise on the beach was a great plan for me – I could get some pictures and kill two birds with one stone.
When the time actually came, though, SH was deep in the throes of sleep when he said, “We don’t have to go. Let’s just stay in bed.” I asked him if he was sure, and he said that we could just go later but could I let the puppies out? As I got up to take care of the doggies, he decided that we really did need to make our way to the beach.
Sometimes I forget how important SH’s faith is to him. I was reminded Friday night when we went to his father’s church’s performance of the Passion Play, and then again this morning on the beach. He doesn’t make a big show of his belief but it is always there, deeply a part of him. Catching the sunrise on this Easter morning was important to him, and I’m glad that we were able to be there this morning. The sunrise and the beach, although slightly chilly, was spectacular.
We came home after the sunrise and SH went back to sleep while I made coffee and then went to the front porch to write. The last two mornings I’ve been on the porch, even though yesterday it was just a little too chilly to be there comfortably. It wasn’t the first time that I have been on the porch this year, but we are entering that stage of the spring where being on the front porch during the earliest hours of the morning is one of the greatest joys of my times at home – that hour spent in quiet contemplation of what has happened, what is, what will be, what should be.
The rest of the day has proceeded much as this weekend has – quietly, comfortably, restfully…of course after the Easter baskets had been found. Perhaps one of the funnier moments of my life was the two of us at the grocery store yesterday, tossing candy into our basket for each other. When we got to the check-out, we really started looking at it and decided that perhaps we had more candy than we really needed and wound up putting about one-third of it back. We still spent probably $30-35. And the only people getting Easter baskets in our house are the two of us. How ridiculous is that?
(behind my basket is the pink hydrangea that SH got me and dropped off at work on Thursday)
When I said that we’ve been quiet and relaxed, that is exactly what we have been all weekend long. you might even venture to say that we have been lazy.
We were both off for Good Friday, and because SH was off on Thursday as well, he was in Hattiesburg with me. We stayed with the parents Friday so we could go to the Parents’ church and see SH’s daddy’s performance in their Passion Play. All of that, of course, happened after a full day of laziness and crawfish. There had to be crawfish because it is Easter and we are in the part of the world where crawfish is an Easter tradition.
When I say that I have the sweetest Sweet Husband in the world, I mean it. Some of you may know that I am a wee bit obsessed with Outlander – I have been since I first discovered the books in 1995. Outlander the Series returned after a 6 month hiatus – lovingly referred to as Droughtlander. And my sweetest SH arranged it so we could have an Outlander marathon of the first 8 episodes before watching the new episode. Drinks and snacks were plentiful, and we thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon and evening.
We are off Monday as well, but because we have been so lazy and relaxed this weekend, that means tomorrow will be spent preparing for a four-day work week.
It’s been a fantastic weekend. Given the stress of the last few weeks, I think this relaxation is exactly what we needed. I also think that given that the next seven weeks until the end of school are going o be an incredible slog to the finish line, these last three days of relatively inactivity were worth the rush that tomorrow will be.
How about you? What was the highlight of your weekend?
I think part of why I haven’t been here with this post over the course of the last several weeks is because I didn’t want to really set intentions for myself. I’ve kind of just been flailing around, doing the things that need to be done, ensuring that I make it through each day but not really focusing on the bigger picture because really – the bigger picture is difficult and I’m a little afraid of it.
I can’t wallow in my disorganization and confusion much longer, though, so it’s time to get back on track – get focused and get prepared for the changes that are coming. For each of my categories of intentions, I need to set those monthly intentions (it is the start of April) and weekly intentions.
- Secure a new job
- Complete CEU paperwork for the teachers at my site
- Complete time sheets for tutors
- Manage my schedule to work more efficiently
- Create and stick with a schedule for the blog
- Complete April Love & April Moon
- Begin a 100 Day Project
- Schedule all posts for the week on Monday
- Complete FMS Photo-a-Day
- Write each morning
- Create an organization system that works for me
- Read two books
- Finish two baby afghans
- Drink recommended amount of water each day
- Meditate each evening
- Send two notes to friends and/or family
Are you working towards any big intentions for the month of April?