I gave away my final thing today to Laurel. It was so big that I combined six days worth of giveaways into one. Before participating in the giveaway, I never would have given this away. This experiment has definitely made me a better person. It's gotten me out of myself and thinking more about others.
I gave her my day and night that was reserved at Ivy Cottage; a place on the Hiwassee River that I rent at least once a year to get away from it all. I had planned on going there tomorrow after spending almost a week in Virginia with four small children. I figured that I'd need it for sure. Strangely enough, I don't feel in the least bit stressed. That's really odd. It must be an answer to prayer.
I've been praying that God would give me a higher tolerance level for noise, as I'm tired of being so worn out too often from being around noise. I hope it lasts.
I know how it feels to be a young mother surrounded by children all the time. You just need to get away from them sometimes and see if you are still in there somewhere. It's nice not to have anyone want or need anything from you; at least for 24 hours.
So Laurel, this is my gift for you; a day for yourself. You'd better enjoy it, because I'll be keeping your three little ya-hoos while you're gone!