Five on . . . Sunday?

It's not Friday but it felt like I should take advantage of the extra time today.

1. Spring break has come and gone in a flash. The kids spent a couple of days in East Tennessee with Gram and Gramps while Brian and I went to NYC. I can't even begin to describe the weeks leading up to spring break. Let's just say that a long nap would have been more appropriate than a trip to NYC but after finding our bearings and mapping out a plan, we enjoyed the time away. Brian loved the busyness of the city while I found it more overwhelming than I remembered. We basically did a food crawl through bakeries I had found on travel blogs. With the exception of our first meal after arriving in the city (fresh pasta from a small restaurant in Little Italy), the focus was on cookies and pastries. Of course! A few highlights were the Sunday morning service at Brooklyn Tabernacle and My Fair Lady on Broadway.

We brought home cookies from Levain's to share.
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2. When I heard the lightness in Camden and Rory's voices as they called to check in (daily), I realized that it's not just the adults who have been feeling the stress of our schedule. If we can survive the school year, I have ideas on how to simplify just a bit. During the break, not only did we go to NYC but Brian made a trip to WV to visit his ailing grandfather while I stayed home to catch up on work.

3. Last weekend I traveled to Orlando for less than 48 hours. While I would like to tell you I spent the time lounging a the pool, it was a work trip and I came home exhausted.

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4. My dear friend Tina invited me to the symphony Friday night, and it was lovely. I think everyone should enjoy an orchestra at least once. The music is so complex and chaotic and beautiful. Having the experience with Tina was the best (as were our seats!).

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5. Rory and I were in a rough wreck yesterday afternoon. Thankfully, we are both fine (just sore and shaken) but my car is totaled. I'm so grateful no one was hurt and the EMTs were so kind and lovely. A couple of firsts: sitting inside an ambulance in a neck brace, the kind of crying where you can't catch your breath, strangers wiping away my tears (since my arms were strapped down).

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Kids are heading into a week of state achievement testing. Easter week is one of the busiest for churches/pastors and this year is no exception but I hope to take a breath and focus on why we celebrate this busy weekend in the first place.

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