Sunday Matters: Everyone Needs a Vacation

Sunday Matters

I don’t know what it is with my family and vacations but for the past two years we’ve had some unfortunate things happen while on vacation (FIL passing away, mother passing away) and this past Thanksgiving weekend we almost lost my Brother in Law. It was not looking good but he is doing better now. He is still at the hospital but it’s amazing just how many people he knows. So many people coming to visit, pray, etc.

Honestly though, I am tired and it’s making me reassess how I live right now. I make sacrifices for many and then stress myself out trying to be all things to all people. I’m going to be making some adjustments over 2018 to correct this.

Right Now:

What day is it again? Hoping to get back into my regular routine today. I am going to take a few moments to look at my calendar because I feel as if I’ve forgotten something important.

This Week:

Club volleyball has started so there will be practices and rehearsals this week on top of hospital visits. My last day of work is December 14 and then I am off until January 8. Hoping for a quiet break.


I finished and reviewed Keep Her Safe. Unfortunately, it didn’t work for me at all. I am now reading The Visitors by Catherine Burns which is proving to be a bit more interesting.

I am way behind on my reading goal for this year so I am pushing to read at least ten books this month. Gah! Will it happen?


I’ve been trying to catch all the beloved holiday shows on TV but so many of them aired right after Thanksgiving. I missed The Grinch and Frosty but did manage to record Rudolph and Charlie Brown.

The Walking Dead only has a couple more episodes left and it’s still a yawn fest. However, it was revealed that Morgan will be crossing over to Fear the Walking Dead. What???

I seriously just want to sit in flannels PJs, next to a beautifully scented candle, watch all the old classic holiday movies I can and then just stare at the Christmas tree.


I’ve somehow managed not to cook at all this week. We’ve been eating out a lot because it’s easy to go from the hospital to a restaurant and vice versa.

Grateful for:

Life. So grateful that it looks like my BIL will pull through. I don’t want to be overly optimistic but it’s been almost a week and a half and there is a lot of improvement. Thankful to all the friends and family who showed their support.

20 thoughts on “Sunday Matters: Everyone Needs a Vacation”

    1. Thank you! I feel a bit more optimistic about the situation and I’ve managed to spend the morning organizing my calendar which sometimes stresses me out but in this instance helps calm me down. Having my calendar in order helps.

  1. Ti, I’m so glad that your BIL is doing well. Sending prayers! I’m happy you have vacation days coming to you – sounds like you need them. I definitely need to watch TWD and Fear – I love Morgan, so I have to see what’s going to happen to him. Take care!!

    1. One more episode of TWD and then that’s it for this year. It’s not very good and I know you stopped watching which I’m sure many people did too because it’s all over the place this season.

      As far as all this other stuff. I wish I could just hop on a Norway cruise and escape it all. Things are improving though.

  2. So sorry that so much is going on with you and those you love. I pray that you can relax and rest and enjoy each coming day.

  3. So glad to hear your brother-in-law seems to be on the road to recovery, and you have a long break to look forward to, Ti. Think of you often and how busy you are. Hope you get a chance to relax soon! Always love reading your posts even if I don’t get a chance to comment. ❤

    1. Thank you. I’m always busy but this year I’ve upped my volunteering hours so I am busy, but busy with things that make me happy 😉

  4. What wonderful news about your brother-in-law. I think many women stretch themselves too thin trying to be all things for everyone. If you figure out a way to not do that, let us know.

  5. I’m glad to hear your brother-in-law seems to be on the mend. Vacations certainly don’t seem like they’re too refreshing for you lately. Hope you have a nice, sadness-free one soon to repair the damage!

    I’m hoping to read three books this month just to equal my sad reading total of yesteryear, but I’m not sure I’ll make it or not. It’s a busy month, but that watching classic holiday movies while wearing comfy clothes sounds like the better way!

    1. I said ten books but the likelihood of that happen is pretty slim! I will miss my goal but who cares. I just want to read some good books and leave it at that.

  6. I am so sorry! The holidays/vacation are not your friend, but I am so glad he is on the mend. Your idea of sitting in flannel PJs next to a scented candle and a lit Christmas tree while watching holiday classics sounds pretty ideal to me. Let’s make it happen this December. Maybe one Friday night?

    1. I would really love too. I tried to watch a movie on Saturday night and fell asleep. Spent the earlier part of the day at the dentist and then the hospital and was just wiped out. We are good though. I am just taking a little extra time to day to get my calendar in order because dates for things keep changing and it’s really giving me a headache.

      1. I totally get it. When I am at my most discombobulated, I have to go back to my planner and get organized. Typically, I get like that because I haven’t updated my planner for the day yet. So, not only does it helps me reset the day, but it also provides a plan for moving forward. The same thing goes with longer-term planning.

  7. Scary stuff about your brother in law, I do hope he is getting better! How nice that you have three weeks off; it sounds like you really need it this year. Definitely re-evaluate priorities for the new year!

  8. That’s scary! I am glad he is better and on the mend. Let’s hope it stays that way. I’m exhausted…seriously…many adjustments are coming for me on the horizon and I hope to adapt but really I want to lie in bed for a few days…and forget the stuff we have to do still.

  9. Really hope your BIL pulls through. So sorry to hear you are going thru this. Ugh. It’s hard. (I got some similar news on Friday.) If you can manage to plow on till your work stops hopefully things will ease up or quiet down over the holidays. I can’t wait to see my brother & parents over Christmas break. Now I just read about the Ventura fire, OH NO. The winds have got to die down. Prayers & thoughts to all.

  10. Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst really helped me reassess what I was doing, how to deal with rejection, self-rejection, and more. It’s very faith-based, and I found myself underlining, highlighting, dog-earing pages and more. It’s such a thoughtful book and helped me reposition how to approach cutting myself that break, and letting go of things. I really enjoyed it, if you haven’t read it, it’s a nice one to pick up.

    Will pray for your brother-in-law, I hate that you and your family have gone through all of these things, my friend.

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