Content Amidst the Chaos

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Let me clarify… November 8, 2009

Filed under: bus — jps23 @ 9:44 pm

The more I thought about my initial post, the more I worried.  (I do that sometimes.)  I don’t want anyone to think that all they will read about on this blog is chaos.  It is my goal to share ideas that work for me, ranging from household management to crafts to child-rearing to marriage stuff.  There is very little I won’t cover here.  I guess car maintanance won’t be on here, but just about everything else will be!  So don’t think that everytime you log on, you will hear about one of the kids’ tantrums or the enormous pile of laundry I face daily.  We experience peace from time to time, but that’s usually because we’ve learned to ignore the chaos that is happening in the background.  When we do experience those moments, I am thrilled to share them.

Like this morning…We’ve learned that our well-used 15 passenger van (minus one seat, so it actually seats 12) doesn’t like to start up in the chilly mornings.  No ice, just cool.  We didn’t even have to wear jackets.  However, that makes for a tempermental bus, as we like to call it.  (My husband and I joke that we have a mini-van, our 7 passenger Ford Freestar, and a “many”-van, our 12 pass Dodge)  To top it all off, the tank was on empty because one half of “we” tends to drive them home on empty from time to time.  I claimed that if we had more gas to push through the engine, it would kick-start it a little better.  He didn’t want to hear it.  Needless to say, it died on us about a quarter of a mile down the road, where we parked it and he walked back to the house to get the mini-van (where one of us squeezes between the captain’s chairs in the middle without a seatbelt).  Yes, this was chaos, and I’m sure my yelling didn’t help.  But the kids were amazing!  No screaming or crying or getting ancy in their seats.  I guess they figured I was doing enough of that for the seven of us!  We moved carseats (actually, he moved carseats) and we made it to church.  And I read my scripture card from Colossians 3:8 to get me through my moment of chaos (But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips).  I have it written down to remind me not to be angry or filled with rage since those are areas I struggle with.  I know it’s hard for you to believe, but I kind of have a family history.  After church, we went to Moe’s, where we ran into our best friends, and everyone ate and behaved quite cordially.  No food in the floor or drink spills.  We went to Lowe’s to get rakes, looked at all their very cool Christmas decorations, and made it out of the store with only a minimal level of upset when S5 wasn’t permitted to climb the huge employee ladder they kindly leave in the aisles for us families with little boys.  We came home and cleaned up some leaves, tried our bike-riding-without-training wheels with the girls, and played in the backyard.  S1 even made it a little bit on the bike without falling!  Granted, she’s seven years old, but she’s my least athletic child and has had zero interest in trying without training wheels until just recently.  I’m proud of her anyway.  I’m not one of those moms that lives by mandated milestones.  We have children with special needs.  You learn to let go of those other expectations pretty quickly when that is the case, even with the kids who don’t have special needs.  All in all, it was a pretty peaceful day at our chaotic house, and I even got two loads of laundry done!

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