I just spent naptime (translate: free time for mother’s of toddlers and babies) drinking some hot cocoa and reading Pioneer Woman archives — I’m tellin’ ya, that woman is HILARIOUS! If you’ve never read the antics of Ree, you MUST head over there. It will make your day better. And you’ll want to move to a ranch. Or find a friend like Ree.
Then I spent a few minutes sitting and wondering if I should do something more constructive during naptime. I often feel the guilt of it anyway, I might as well make it an actual thought, right? Perhaps I should bake bread. Or I should vacuum under the couch (yikes). Or I should put all our finances into spreadsheets on the computer. (SERIOUSLY. Who told me that spreadsheets were a necessity to wise finance management??! Could you kindly retract your statement? I live in a world of worry because I never get around to it..) But then again, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and praying about unnecessary guilt recently, so instead of wondering about it further, I just looked up and asked God, “Do you care if I spend naptime reading Pioneer Woman?”..and I think He smiled at me. And He said, “You live under a pile of guilt, dear one.” And I said, “I know.” And He said, “Let’s work on that.” And I said, “Ok… but can I read Pioneer Woman during naptime?”
Then I wrote this post. *Sigh* We humans and our rule-following — I just want a standard so I can stay within the lines and make everything nice and pretty. I’m CERTAIN its God’s grace to me that there isn’t one. (Here I would post lots of Scriptural references if I could remember them about Jesus fulfilling the law and salvation by grace through faith, etc, but my son is kicking the wall in his room and I feel some urgency about ending the post.)
Now I’m going to go in and get my little guy, who is making grunting noises. We will hang out or play or watch “Lady and the Tramp II” for the TOO-MANY-ITH time. Then I’m making fajitas and margaritas, and I’ll share them with friends. 🙂
(We’ll eat some turkey tomorrow, don’t worry. We’re still good American girls and boys, though we live in the Far East!)