Wednesday, January 6, 2016

How to Jump into a Week that is Rumbling By

Blueberry and banana puree cling to the side of the glass. We've been blending and drinking fruit smoothies multiple times a week, it seems. Mark's trying to get healthier and knows this is one way to raise his fruit serving count. Jumping at any opportunity for vitamin C this week, I've chimed in often: "Me too, please? Can I have some?" He nods and slides a few more chunks of frozen mango and berries into his glass to thaw.
Photo: Flickr user Miriam, Creative Commons, cc license
In the aftermath of Christmas break, we have crawled sluggish and sleepy into this new week. School started Monday. Today while Morgan slipped downstairs after breakfast to resume her eleventh grade classes, I started a pot of water to boil and negotiated five additional minutes from Daniel.

"We'll start school in five minutes, okay, bud? I want to make coffee first."

He is the luckiest first grader in the world. He is more than happy to go back to building Lego creations while his mom grinds Sumatra beans, rinses out old grounds, and swipes the last grains of coffee gravel into the glass french press. The round metal teapot whistles in urgent rising crescendo.

Setting a timer for four minutes, I leave the french press plunger upraised, suspended as water and coffee grounds mingle. Pulling up a chair, I call Daniel over, push back the orchid pot, and scrawl dates across workbook margins. We scrape chairs and pencils, scooting closer, and Daniel works sums across the page.

Rising to plunge, press, and pour brown amber, I return with a full steaming cup of coffee and a small thermos. Helping Daniel with a question, I then grab my Bible and we lapse into quiet reading. He hums and swings legs under his chair beside me or bursts into home-made jokes, and I grin and guide him into the next section of his school. As he reads and circles short vowel words and spellings, I pick up my own pencil and scrawl notes in the margin of my Bible.

A nagging cough has sapped my energy and crossed lines through all my well-intentioned To-Do lists. I've been gathering strength in bursts to accomplish the necessary tasks throughout the last two weeks, but have been thankful to sneak away to quiet corners whenever I can.

Tipping up the fuchsia and grey thermos, I pour more coffee into my cup. Tiny splatters dot the dining room table and steam rises from my mug. Taking a deep sip and sliding my Bible closer, I feel the warmth sink in. "And God is able to to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work," 2 Corinthians 9:8 says.

One thing at a time. Start slowly, Jen. Coffee. Family. God's word, and the morning rumbles on.

Hello, my friend. How was your Christmas break? Are you feeling sleepy and slow-moving as you jump into this week too?

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Bill (cycleguy) said...

I had a full and busy Christmas break which was visited by a mysterious boy with a strange gift. My grandson showed up on Christmas afternoon full of vim and vigor and a taste for all things weird (rooting and talking about the Bengals) and a tortoise named Mikey in tow. I had picked up a nagging cough which I still have. But it was still all good since I saw Braden, his parents, and had some time away. Never did have that "break" people talk about.

Linda Stoll said...

Oh that drink looks so yummy right about now! I'd trade my cup of tea for one of those babies in a flash!

Ease on in to the daily, the routine, Jennifer. One day at a time ...


TC Avey said...

I actually had a pretty relaxing Christmas (for a change) and I'm feeling rejuvenated and excited about what God has in store for ask me that in a few weeks and we will see if I'm still on "full" or needing some Rest and Relaxation!

Have a blessed year!

cabinart said...

Nice to have you back in the Cyber-world, Jennifer. Does your hubby know he can blend raw spinach into those smoothies? It makes them a yucky color, but adds vegetables in a very tasteless and painless way.

Take your time diving back into life. Nagging coughs that are ignored can turn into pneumonia.

Micah said...

I had a pretty slow christmas. Probably the slowest and laziest one I can recall. But it was good. And needed. I love the healthy start you guys are taking to the year, and the way you start your days. The scene feels sunny somehow.