Number 10 reason why I’m looking forward to my coming sabbatical is a big one.
I’m looking forward to spending unhurried, unstressed, unplanned, un holidayed time with my family. For over a decade now we’ve only seen my family and Mark’s family at holidays, over school breaks, a visit in the summer, shared vacations occasionally but not really any normal kinds of visits. You know, the kind of visits where there are no gifts, or birthdays to celebrate or expectations of what we will do, just unhurried, hang out, talk about anything visits instead. Those are rare when you live 10 hours away from home.
We’re used to it so honestly, it will be a switch for us to try and pursue a deeper connection with family. You all know how it is. Family time can be great but it can also be awkward, uncomfortable, etc. even in the best of families. Usually five days is the max visit for a reason. Things can get a little over the top beyond that. I love my family and Mark’s family so this is no slant on them…I think as far as families go my girls and I are pretty lucky, it’s just a challenge to share that kind of space once you become an adult. And my kids are at the age where they are more uncomfortable as well.
But…I want to make sure in my year off that we take some time to go crash at my sister Mary anne’s house for a few days and at my brother Jim’s house for a few days and down to Branson to see my sister Becky and her family. We’ll see Phil and Susanna and their families out at camp:). I want to make sure we take time to go in the off season, with no holiday or expectation involved. I want to have time to just sit around and play a game or watch a movie or tell stories, or have a campfire, laugh together, look at old pictures, talk about memories, make some new memories along the way.
I am so grateful for family. We’ve taken many vacations with family so we have a whole treasure trove of memories to draw upon but it’s time to make some new ones. Generally speaking when we go home we barely see one another. They’re all busy running to their inlaws and we’re busy trying to cover two families equally. I want to have some concentrated time with my siblings…if they’ll open up their homes to us:).
Number 11 is similar. I want to have time to focus more on friendships. That whole go out for coffee thing or lunch. More time to catch up and stay involved and express genuine care and listening. It happens once in awhile now but not often. I want to be more freed up to make friendship a larger priority in my life. I’m ever aware that not too far down the road I will be alone.
Number 12 is more time to be outside. I’m an outdoors kind of girl. I mean I love to read a book or watch a movie, cuddle up on the couch or take a good nap, but I also enjoy being outside, feeling the breeze, enjoying the sunshine, taking a walk, sitting outside soaking in the air. Most days I spend a large amount of time inside four walls. I would like to spend more time outside those four walls in the year I take off. Nature woos me to God. God speaks to me clearly when I’m outside, maybe just better reception:). Not really…I’m just more aware of how awesome God is when I’m outside it seems.
Today I sat down on a break and listed out a whole bunch more reasons why I can’t wait for my sabbatical. It was easy for 35 reasons to come out of my head almost instantly. I’m clearly ready for this change in my life.