My parents live several states away and we speak about once a week on the phone. Usually, at some point in our conversation, one of us will ask the other "Is there anything new going on?" Whichever one of us is being asked usually replies with something along the line of "No, not much... just the same 'ole, same 'ole." And, most of the time, a bored tone of voice accompanies this statement.
At least this is how the conversation went until about a year ago. I don't remember which one of us it was, but we commented that really we shouldn't complain about there being nothing new going on. While there may not be anything really exciting happening this also means that there is nothing bad or abnormal going on. Life is normal. We are moving along at an even keel and everyone is happy and healthy.
This week I am thankful for the normal. The last month or so has not really been normal for us... nothing bad... but not normal. School started the end of August and flip flopped our nice, quiet summer routine around. Homework, new activities in the form of cub scouts for my son (which, while I never knew they did so many activities, I think it is going to be a GREAT experience for my son), new church activities, etc. My dear hubby has been out of town for the last two and a half weeks. My job has been a bit chaotic and filled with many changes (again) over the last few weeks.
However, this week has seen us settling back into normal. We're getting a handle on the new school routines for both kiddos. They're settling into their new routine with new classes, new teachers and new friends. I think I'm beginning to get a grip on all the activities we'll be involved with for scouting and actually see them fitting nicely into our routine and have met some great parents that I think are going to be wonderful new friends. Hubby was able to return home yesterday... YEA!!!!!!! Work is settling back into routine and is quieting down.
So, while normal sometimes on the surface may seem boring.... it is actually quite wonderful. It means we are all happy, we are all healthy, LIFE IS GOOD. God is with us!
Thank you, dear Lord, for normal!!!
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