I love Saturdays! And more than that, I love Saturdays during football season! A typical Saturday at the Cory’s is a real big southern breakfast, and this is sneak peak at our menu. Blueberry or chocolate chip pancakes, grits, bacon or sausage(turkey that is),eggs, and a BIG pot of coffee! I know that sounds like a good way to totally ruin all of the daily workouts we attempt to complete during the week, but that is just how we roll! Plus, my kids have just grown to expect that on days we’re home together, and not racing against the clock for church or school! Landon even likes to help cook as he is quite the little chef.
Today was a little less than that since Trent was traveling home from Houston, and were scheduled to be at Jaydon’s season opener at the t-ball field around 9 o’clock. From that point forward the race was on! Landon was being a hair model for my cousin, and Madison was set to cheer on the Port Orange Hawks football team at a 1pm game. Once we finally were delivered from the balmy humidity with a 22-0 win, we head home with a predetermined understanding that college football will rule the house the remainder of the day! LOL The boys usually glue themselves to the sofa with Trent for at least a few games and I LOVE IT! Mainly because I love them all being home. However, Jaydon and Landon are busy bodies and end up playing with friends at some point. But not Trent! If he’s home, you would think he has to send a report from each game to ESPN or something!
Another reason that I love for them to be occupied with football is that it gives me Freedom to float around and do what I like! Are there any women out there that can give me an Oh yeah on that one? Usually I will gather my favorite magazines, pull up my laptop, or paint my nails, and just be a presence in the room. Sometimes I just quietly slip out and make a run to a sale somewhere and they never even notice! My personal freedom!
The combination of the early start, kids activities, all day football, magazine reads, shopping, and a little personal girl time just makes the day feel a little extra longer! I hate how fast time seems to pass, and in some crazy way, it feels like I am getting a few of those hours back on Saturday!
My new phrase is, “when I’m home, I’m HOME!” I have reflected on the past 10 years since we had little Madison, and I realized that I had wasted too much precious time rushing to the next thing. Now, when I am gone to minister, it’s all about ministry, and when I’m home, I AM HOME! My kids have an understanding of this, and I have seen such a change in the atmosphere of our home. I had this random thought one day that our home should be a place where all of our five senses are engaged, and memories are created from those tangible experiences.
I want our home to have a memorable smell. This is where I usually get in trouble because I love the smell of chocolate chip cookies! I want my kids to take a deep breath when they walk in the door and be able to sense that mom is home! I remember as a teenager coming home from late practices, and immediately knowing what dad (or mom at times, haha) had cooked for us. There are times when I run into a scent in the craziest of random places, and it will take me back twenty years or more to a memory of home. Which now leads me to tasting, and all I’m gonna say about that is, there’s not going to be anything tasteless in my home! From food to to clothes, the Cory’s will have some taste! LOL I want our home to have a sense of touch that will remain. It’s apparent to me that when the smallest injury happens to my four year old, he just needs a hug and magically he’s better. Love is sometimes most realized when it is felt physically. Hugs, kisses, and sweet little hands and feet! Moving on to the sense of hearing, I want our home to have a sound. A sound that will make us all know that there is peace, no matter what we are up against, or how crazy tomorrow’s schedule may appear:) I am blessed to be involved in worship ministry, and I know and understand how worship brings peace. At any moment(which is a lot), Trent will fill our home with the sound of worship from the piano room. It may be in competition with 3 TV sets, dinner on the stove, and a phone conversation, but it creates a sound in our home that we will never forget. It’s amazing how you evolve as a woman in your thirties. Life has so much more meaning, and it’s my desire to make impressions that last. (well, the good ones…) That was long, but if you made it this far, perhaps it stirred the senses in your life. Live every day with purpose, and never forget to slow down and smell the roses while they are in bloom:)