You know I hate being right, but let me just take a moment to say "I told you so."
October has already delivered in a big way, and we're just getting started. Oh, the gifts of October.
Let me give you the highlights.
The donuts. I'm telling you, I felt like an all-powerful wizard pulling these babies out of the oil, all fluffy and golden and perfect. David was in charge of the glazing. The kids were in charge of the eating. We thought about taking some to the neighbors, but we were on day two-and-a-half of life in our pajamas, and so we ended up just eating them ourselves. It was easier than getting dressed.
The netflix. We have a brilliant October queue going and are already six titles in. I love it when my goals include watching a movie every day. What can I say? I like to push myself.
The bangs. Yesterday I sat in the chair at the salon and told the girl to cover up the gray and then shave my head. She gave me bangs instead, and...oh baby. Who knew the answer to troublesome bangs was more bangs? All the kids took notice, "Wo! Did you get a haircut?" but David just smiled and made out with me to show his approval. Nicely done.
The quilting. On Monday morning I got a surprise package in the mail. Any surprise is nice on a Monday, but this box was especially good. It had a quilt my cousin, Maika, just finished quilting for me. The quilt pattern is called "Storm at Sea" but because we made it at quilt retreat this year, it reminds me of nothing but safe harbors.
The rest. Savannah and Caleb have been home this week and I could not be happier. They have slept late, caught up on Curious George and Arthur and finally watched the Top Chef Masters finale. We went to the gym, to the bookstore, to lunch, and to the thrift store to scout out Halloween costume parts. There has been time to read and nap and talk. It has been delightful in every way. Yesterday after Ethan finished his school day, he and Savannah made a game of "Ultimate Hopscotch" and came in and reported that it was finally cool enough to play outside. I'm telling you, October, your gifts are endless.
The word. I am most grateful after Conference for the reminders of God's love, of his ever-watchful concern over me and mine, and for the evidence that it is always so, even when I am blinded by the veil and the mists and the tears of earth life. I found the answers I needed, a way to keep going, and solid footing in a sea of doubts.