Saturday, October 11, 2008

Three Beautiful Things: Sleep, Brothers, Long Weekend

1. A good night's sleep. I slept so well last night. For nearly 20 years I have slept poorly when Dr. H. is away. (Actually it's only been in the past 10 years that I would even stay by myself if he was out of town. You can read my struggles with this here at my post Opening the Windows.) Last night, I slept great. I did wake up a couple of times, but I didn't have even one single twinge of fear, wondering if they doors really were locked. In fact, I just realized that I didn't even put chairs up against all the doors last night.

2. The day ahead. Today my brothers and I will be cleaning my parents' new home, just a few blocks down the road from me, in anticipation of their arrival in less than 2 weeks. It's not that cleaning is especially a beautiful thing, although this isn't major cleaning, but I am looking forward to catching up with my brothers and their families. We all live within 45 minutes of each other, but our visits are rare.

3. Long weekend. Our co-op classes are off on Monday for Columbus Day, so I have a long, luxurious, lesson plan-free weekend.

What beautiful things are in your life today?


  1. I, too, struggled with sleeping while hubby was away. (((hugs))) How nice that you'll get to catch up with your brothers! I would love to see mine :( Enjoy your long weekend!

  2. Thanks so much for your comment. You're such a sweetheart. I agree, that it is interesting we come to their defense. I pray we have better relationships with our own daughters.

  3. i was going to sleep over at my mom's last night. i have never been completely alone in this house we've lived in for 6 years. but i decided i needed to conquer the fear. i stayed up WAY too late. figuring i could sleep late. thus, the night would be shorter:). i used to live alone! i chose to room by myself my senior year in college and i lived in a house in atlanta by myself! i then moved to kansas and had my own apartment. what is wrong with me? is it that i'm SO accustomed to having a crew with me all the time, the very thought of being by myself is terrifying? i slept with the cordless and my cell phone AND a flashlight all within reach. not to mention the baseball bat under the bed:). i love your post on fear. i feel that not staying at my parent's house was a good step. now if i could just put the bat somewhere else....

  4. sigh, if only I didn't have that darn 50 states class on I am looking for something beautiful in my crazy weekend...

  5. we have dreamed that same dream. to live in an rv and travel the US. life seems to get so complicated. we also dream that everyone we know and love could live on the same 300 acres. each have our own plot. garden, share things and share life. dream, dream, dream.....

  6. Three Beautiful Things:

    1. a stream-side trail in the Smokies littered with fallen yellow and orange leaves

    2. wild turkeys, salamanders, snakes, bottle gentians, new england asters...

    3. coming home.

    thanks for the night off darlin!

  7. Beautiful things! What a lovely thought!
    Beans cooking in the crockpot, the fall clothes are already organized in the wardrobes, and getting geared up for another week of homeschool tomorrow.
    Oh, and cheese. I brought a ton of cheese back with me from another city!


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