Welcome to “May madness”! I know the male gender thinks it is in March, but the schedule I am looking at for May indicates otherwise! I am not complaining—and, in reality, I am looking forward to the month! With three graduations, two Mother/Daughter banquets and a son getting married at the end of this month, what is there to be stressed about? If I stress out, I can cause a real “fuss” in my household; or, I can be still and let God be in control. I choose the latter. I want these last days of having our son, Tim, at home to be as memorable for him as they are for Pastor and me! He isn’t going to “pass this way” again. Yes, I have shed a tear or two, for your information! But that is okay, and I am going to be quite fine. I am not losing a son, I am gaining a daughter! The score now in the Trieber family is: Guys: 8 Girls: 5! I am excited about what is in store for us! I am also looking forward to time with my husband; after all, our lives began with just the two of us. The empty nest is going to be just fine with me!
I realize that I am not the only one with a busy schedule. I know that most of you are equally as busy as I am, if not busier. Many of you are not only wives and mothers, but you work a forty-hour job as well. I admire you for keeping it all together!
As we come to the close of the school year for 2008-2009, I trust that you will plan ahead for the summer so you will not look back in retrospect wishing that you had done something differently. Life is but a vapor, as the scripture tells us; and we must make the most of each day that God gives to us.Please take note of the following. I trust some of these thoughts will be a help to you.
- Take out that calendar and have a plan of attack.
- Children and adults need a schedule, even in the summer time!
- Keep your time with the Lord as a top priority. Don’t allow the summer months to take you away from the most important area in your life.
Life is but a vapor, as the scripture tells us; and we must make the most of each day that God gives to us.
- Assign duties and responsibilities for your children. They do not need to play all day, every day of the week. Every day in the summer is not a holiday!
- Plan time away with your family. These are important times for you to bond with your children and husband.
- Plan your vacation time so that you do not miss out on important events such as youth conference and Anniversary Sunday.
- If your house is not in order, take some time to get it organized before the children are out of school. You will be glad you did.
- Try to plan special “alone” time with each child. These are precious memories, and this time allows you to find out what is going on in the life of your child. You might be surprised what you don’t know!
- As much as you can, plan something special each week.
- Seek the counsel of someone older and wiser than you for areas where you need help. Don’t be too proud to ask!
- Look forward to each day with anticipation. Please don’t endure the summer months; instead, enjoy them.
- Remember that school resumes the first week of September; and you will regain your peace and sanity!
Help your children find ways to serve this summer. Pastor’s message this past Sunday night was so helpful. If you missed it, listen online. It is my prayer that when school resumes in the fall, we will all be able to look back on the summer with delight instead of regret. With the planning of Tim’s upcoming wedding, I cannot stress enough to you what a short amount of time we have with our children. If you have not experienced it yet, you too will be watching the last child pack up and leave your home before you know it. What will that child remember?
God Bless You,