The Slattery family’s been leveled by the flu, so today’s post is going to be short and sweet. Okay, so maybe just short. Today was our daughter’s first day back to school after spending nearly a week in bed and as we waited for the clock to turn, signaling it was time for her to go, she curled into my arms. Those unhurried moments when “calling in” is as easy as setting my computer aside remind me how blessed I am to stay home.

I’m not quite sure when I started writing. I’ve always enjoyed it, although I never thought much of it. But one day, a few years ago as I was happily typing on my computer, listening to our daughter and her friends chatter a few rooms away, I realized what a blessing God had provided in my keyboard. I was given the opportunity to stay home, making use of my free time, setting projects aside when time ran short in order to be fully present when my family needed me most.

May I always cherish this precious gift God has provided.