"I'm a little teapot,
short and stout,
here is my handle,
here is my spout.
When I get all steamed up,
here me shout.
Just tip me over,
and pour me out."
Here's just some of what's pouring out right now:
All my kids are home.
1. Content. I love that we are all sleeping under the same roof again for at least this one week. Luke is home for the summer. Erin has moved out of her Ada house and is staying here until the wedding. So for one glorious week, I have all my little chicks home again.
2. Exhausted. In #1, I mentioned "sleeping under the same roof". I have to use this term loosely. Teenagers and young adults, especially when all together for the first time in a while, do not sleep much. The noise level is much higher; the boys pick on their sister as if it is their last day alive and their last chance to do so; and they tend to throw themselves over the foot of my bed just about the time I'm fading from consciousness and want to talk about their days. This is not a complaint - I love all of this - but I'm old - and exhausted. :)
My daughter is getting married Saturday.
3. Thrilled. We love our daughter. We love this young man. We are excited to celebrate with them and create a day they will hopefully remember with joy for the rest of their lives.
4. Overwhelmed. I'm not a planner. I'm not creative. I'm not a people-person. All of these things are helpful when planning a party for 200+ people. So -- I'm overwhelmed.
5. Melancholy. Everything changes after Saturday. I know it's a good change. I'm watching my baby girl morph into a wife and it's a little freaky. I know I'll adapt and love all of it. But change brings out the melancholy in this girl.
6. Grateful. So many have come alongside me to help me through this season. I cannot say enough and will likely devote a post to them at some point when I have more time to process. But for now, I am forever grateful for good friends. Friends that are planners, creative, energy-filled, encouraging. -- Everything that I am not, and all that I need right now.
I'm sure there's more, but the little steam-whistle on my "to-do-list teapot" is screaming at me, so I'm off.