May's book was going to be the Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis - honestly, I didn't read it. I was struggling getting into it. I am not for sure if it was the season I mentally was in (finishing up teaching, planning my husband's graduation party, transitions) or what. But it wasn't pulling me deep into it's pages.
At the end of May, Jeremiah got the book Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
I am so thankful to have read her book, for I can see myself living another 10 years doing everything wrong. Okay, everything wrong is a bit extreme. But I can give myself grace!
Shortly into her book I felt myself nodding along with her thinking "me too" or laughing with her for something I can see myself doing. I was relating to her as she kept saying she was the responsible one, therefore she kept taking on more and more and more.
It made me reflect on a conference I recently went to back in April where we discussed spinning plates - and at some point, something will give and break.
This summer, as my boys tug on my shirt to get another 'dink' (drink) or want to hit one more ball in the yard, I am going to pause and practice being present. For as I searching for my calling or pray for my families next move - I can be present. There will always be dishes, laundry, media, things that can eat up our times.
Tasks are not valued.
and let my soul be free.