I’ve been back at work for over three weeks now. The adjustment has been harder than I anticipated.

Every day I come home famished, thirsty and exhausted.

I have about an hour and a half with my girls before it’s their bedtime. I miss them like crazy and it feels like I have no energy to do anything but work and sleep.

My house is a disaster, the dog is blowing his coat so everything is covered with hair, and I haven’t exercised for a couple weeks.

This past week I stewed over my Magic of the Mundane posting. I just can’t think of anything that’s magical. I’m too tired to write. I’m too overwhelmed to think. It’s so challenging to think of joyful things when you feel you’re barely able to keep functioning from day to day.

Last week I wrote “sometimes it’s hard finding the magic in the mundane. Life may be bearing down on you… imposing circumstances you can’t control. Sometimes you have to let go, relinquish control and let it unfold.”

I should be able to practice what I preach… I’m such a hypocrite.

I sulked. I griped. I grumbled.

This past Saturday we went to the lake. As we were driving home, we saw a huge storm developing on the horizon. We had to keep driving… right into the storm. There was no way to avoid it… we would be stuck in it whether we stopped the car or kept on driving. Eventually the storm was behind us and we got home safe and sound.

I knew going back to work would be challenging, but I got into my “car” and drove into the storm. Eventually the storm will be behind me and it will be an easy drive until another storm appears.

I guess my magic this week is the faith I have in knowing that eventually this storm will pass. There’s also magic in knowing that my storm is really a small shower compared to the storms other people in this world are facing. Knowing this grounds me, humbles me, and makes me thankful for all that I have.

Thank you to Sofia from Sofia’s Ideas for providing the opportunity for this blog link-up.


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Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool and creator of The Deliberate Mom. Jennifer writes about parenting, homeschooling, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.

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