It has been a busy day, but life….living well, is more than being busy, more than doing. It’s saying yes, it’s being thoughtful, it’s sacrificing to make someone else’s day, it’s reaching over to give a pat on the shoulder of the passenger next to you while driving (today? my teenage son), it’s turning up the happy song on the radio, it’s watching your big children from a distance, letting them grow, sharing a smile. It’s letting your little ones get muddy and splash in the stream, it’s taking your baby outside to look at the striped pink and blue sunset, it’s swaying back and forth in your pj’s, feeling her warm precious body close, with your nose in her hair. It–this wonderful life of mine–is so much, so full of moments like these, that my heart overflows with gratitude and joy.
How often do I get caught up in the doing! I get rushed and loud, louder still, until I’m yelling and blind to the good things, and the children look at me in wonder.
I’m so thankful for the ways that God shows me the reality of living is in sincere kindness, listening, & loving.
Slowing down, thank goodness, can be, and very much needs to be, an inner heart thing. I have found that even as I work quickly and attend to many things, there can remain a quiet peace in my heart, a place that can ponder, notice, and praise God even in the chaos of being a mama, wife, and homemaker.
On the way to the library I said to the children, “I’m just going to run in quick, but you tell me what sort of book you want and I’ll get it.”
After thinking, David surprised me by saying, “I know. A cookbook.”
The mission was completed, and before we even got home, he decided that he wanted to make brownies.
He’s 9 years old and he did a great job. He just needed a little help in doubling the recipe.
He GREW in the making, he was proud. He did it!
He not only made the brownies, he shared them with his brother. And me, too. They were delicious.
A quote from the book I’m reading: “I am no longer as inspired by expertise as I once was. Perhaps the worth of any lifetime is measured more in kindness than in competency.”
PS. A few days later, the next batch burned. More lessons learned; set the timer! and don’t run outside to play while you’re waiting for them to bake…….
I love you, David Lloyd. SO MUCH.