- Girls' Camp (this month): That annual week of teenage girl wonderfulness that I just can't seem to get enough of is coming up in about 13 days. I have a few more responsibilities this year, and a wonderful friend to work with, but I am getting to that last-stage, high-adrenaline, nitty-gritty-details part of the planning and it just helps to have it all written down.
- A Wedding (in less than two months): We've got lots of travel stuff to nail down right now, and I'm in charge of a family dinner the night before the wedding in a city to which I've never been, so that's a little nerve-wracking. I'm also in charge of an open house here a week later, plus trying to make the time in between into a nice family vacation. I'd really like to feel that I might actually be of help to Ashlyn's mom as she works to put together a memorable celebration for the happy couple.
- One Son Leaving (in about 2 months): I have to get his wisdom teeth surgery figured out, even trickier now that he is working 6 days a week and needs time off for a trip to California. He has to take a day off to register for classes. We still haven't had our bank field trip to get him all checking accounted and all that. Plus I still actually have to figure out how we're getting him and his stuff out to Utah, since our original idea of a road trip got trumped by item number 2.
- One Son Coming Home, then Immediately Leaving Again (in about 3 months): I have to get his bedroom turned from a storage room back into a bedroom, then have everything ready for him to leave almost immediately for Utah to work and seek his fortune. So, right now, that's apartment contracts to sign, deposits to get paid, car questions to figure out, and lots of other stuff.
- Another Teaching Trip (in between the wedding and the son leaving): I still don't have my plane reservations for this, and kids will be in sports practice and band camp with no driver at home and no grandma next door and dad working crazy hours. I'm having second thoughts, but I've signed a contract, so I have to figure this one out on my own. This list includes having the kids get used to riding their bikes to school, getting good locks, making sure the bikes are in good working order, then talking them into the idea of a 3 mile bike ride home after 3 hours of soccer or volleyball practice, etc.
Thus the greater meaning becomes clear. I think the lists become for me, as I was discussing with one friend this morning, my road map, my bird's eye view. They are evidence that I can get there from here. I can get ready in time, but I have to go the right way and stay on course. I need that, especially when I get to points of saturation like right now and just can't keep it all in my head.