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Back from Vacation


Joy Jochems - Single Moms Bloggerjoy-poemI came back from vacation,
And there upon the floor:
Stacks of o’er-stuffed suitcases
And dirty clothes galore.

I pondered how to tackle
That enormous task…
Thought my kids could be of help,
And so I smiled and asked:

“Can you help your poor old mom
Put away our ‘stuff’?
We had such fun while away;
This job’s not so tough!”

Or so I thought those were the words
That tumbled from my mouth.
But one look at my children’s faces
Might cause a little doubt!

“We’re tired, we’re busy, we need a snack!” —
Excuses did fly forth.
I must confess that I myself
Made a few retorts.

But luggage cannot help itself
And laundry’s not self-clean.
Push that whining to the side;
Tackle that messy scene!

For soon the days of school & learnin’
Will be our comfy norm.
Vacation days have come & gone,
The memories sweet & warm.

We unpack and with each item
Remember fun we had.
Sharing stories & swapping smiles,
The tasks seem not as bad.

Special days sometimes seem
Few & far between,
But if we recall and we recount
The mem’ries are redeemed.

As school descends, as winter falls,
As summer fades away,
Let’s take some time to relive
Summer’s precious days.

Days of free play, days of sun,
Days of sleeping in.
Days of family, friends & love,
Days that never end.

Chores are always present,
Work is every-day.
So make some time for family,
And make some time to play.

Winter, spring, summer, fall –
Whate’er the weather –
Strive to make each day sweet,
To make each day better.

Smile, laugh, play, relax,
Enjoy those around you.
Summer is not every day,
But any day will do!

“To live a life abundantly,”
Jesus says, “I came.”
So fill your life with things that last,
Live in Jesus’ name.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joy Jochems has been in ministry literally her whole life. While Joy is actively involved with her local church as youth ministry coordinator and lends a hand at CWAHM as devotional coordinator and guest contributor, she recognizes that her primary ministry is in her home, to her children. You can contact Joy at

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