It is amazing what a little freedom can do for the soul. We are off this week from school, and I realize many people believe we homeschoolers are always off. Nonetheless, it is a week to get stuff done around the house and refresh the soul with as much game playing and relaxing and crafts as we can fit in one day. And today we did one of our famous no technology days. We were outside and I trimmed the jasmine as the kids ran around in the yard. We made some paper of Paris molds with leaves stamps we collected. We rocked on the porch swing with ice pops. We walked my parents’ dog and I shaved my dad. When my husband got home from work we went to the phone store and got out upgraded phone and saved a lot of money. And we ate the left over salmon my husband had smoked yesterday. Today, therefore, was an incredibly beautiful day, rich with blessings and joys. Of course bad things happened too, but I choose to not focus on a band member quitting the band family or my daughter acting up in the store, my husband’s phone breaking down as he is on call, etc. These things were minor impositions in light of the big picture of family contentment and growth and unity. Restoration is a favorite word of mine lately. I believe this is the word God is working out in us. Recharging our batteries is as essential to the soul as water to the body and breath to the lungs. And as we heal fastest while sleeping, we restore our would most by days like this. And I have to tell you, we are in a very long line of families that are not perfect, but I love my family. I work on loving them. I do what I can on purpose and God guides me often in decision making for their benefit. He does this because I ask Him to. He is good and faithful.