Rollercoaster Days

The last few days have been kind of crazy. Nothing out of the usual, mostly nothing anyway. I’ve just been going from a happy, bouncy, silly girl to a thoughtful, slightly depressed, and wanting to be lazy (can’t be lazy or dishes and laundry would take over the house) girl. Right now, I’m on the up swing of whatever is going on. Changes are going on around here (prayer appreciated) which are affecting me some, but I also think the weather is affecting me as well. I’ve not been out of the house except for church and with Sarah on Sunday and church yesterday. Today, Jeremy decided we would go out to eat, which was good, but I really wanted to go somewhere afterwards to walk around and just stretch my legs. This tiny house is getting to me in these winter days. I am not a cold weather person, so I won’t go outside to walk right now. I can’t handle the cold for long enough, plus my knee really bothers me when I get cold and I can barely walk. Inside the house, it bothers me enough to give me an obvious limp because of the cold drafts that come through almost every window. My knee needs a warm place to stretch out and walk or it will feel worse after a while.

Yesterday, we got to church as one of the first ones there and was informed that the choir director was sick, so as assistant director, I was to take over. I thought this was interesting since I’d brought one of my karaoke praise and worship CDs with me and so I taught them a song from there. We went over a few songs that we’d been working on and we listened to one of the songs we will be doing for our Easter cantata. We couldn’t sing it though because we don’t have our music books yet. Once the adult choir was done, I helped the woman who is singing the special on Sunday and then I went downstairs and did the children’s choir. It is supposed to be ages 3-7 and 8-11, but since only Amie and James are turning up for the older group, the head of the children’s department told me to just stick them with the little ones. The reason we split them up in the first place was because a few of the other older kids had balked at being with the younger kids, so we had arranged separate choirs, but no one is coming to rehearsals, so we have put them together for now. Neither Amie or James likes this though since it is hard to sing songs that are more than one or two verses with the little kids. I sent home some papers for some of the kids to sing with their parents. The parents should know two of the three songs we are doing, so that should help. One of the songs has multiple verses for them to learn (since I had it picked out for the older choir) and I know the younger ones are struggling with it, but I think that with enough work that it will come through okay.

Well, now it is quiet in the house and the kids are asleep. I may rest and read for a little bit before I drift off.

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Mom to 5 children, born between 1997 and 2003. I enjoy reading books, blogs, and e-mail. I collect instruments and want to learn how to play a good variety of them. I love singing, especially with my children.

2 thoughts on “Rollercoaster Days”

  1. What if you have Amie and James either sing a solo or a duet on some of the verses so that the little kids don’t need to learn as many verses. That way you can still do the longer songs but not expect the little kids to do too much. It also gives some variety to the music instead of a straight song. Just a thought.

  2. Hang in there with those roller coaster emotions. I’m just catching up with you, as I was pretty busy with Jenna after surgery and people visiting last week. I can identify with going stir crazy a little. We were home together all week last week, and I got very little sleep with getting up at night to take care of her. By Friday when Aaron was home, I just wanted to get out of the house. I was tired and axious, and I just couldn’t be still. Fortunately, Aaron has learned to read me well and knew I was about at my breaking point. He put Jenna and I in the four-wheel drive vehicle, and we went out through the snow for a little shopping excursion. It did us all good.
    Spring will come sooon. Just hang on to your sanity a little while longer. I’m praying for you.

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