This past week has been taxing. The truth is that every day we learn something new, and every week some new challenge awaits. Life is real, and honestly sometimes it gets too real. The mail brings bills and notices that seem to grow in little piles – and some days, Mondays especially, you just want to wish them away. We don’t want to think about the fact that life is busy, life is challenging and some days life is really expensive. It would be easy to envy the internet lives , who edit their lives so much that we have dubbed it “catalog living.” And just like in catalogs, that image is fragile and so very temporary. We dont want that life. That is not real life. Real life is that we daily have to make choices – as individuals, as couple and even as groups of people. We have a life that includes a house that doesn’t clean itself…the husband being a suspect in the losing battle of the kitchen sink vs. the dishes. We have bills, some necessities and some remnants of our histories. The biggest thing is that we are always in need of time. Time to get those final chores done. Time to get in a walk at the park. Time to ourselves. Time with friends. Time. But the end of the night – always a few hours later than it should be, brings our bed, a devotional and prayer and a routine together in a moment where we know that we will make it through together. And after a week that seemed lower than most, that hope makes this a very happy Tuesday morning.