It’s so essential for us to be mindful of the humble and deep
rather than the flashy and the superficial. ~Fred Rogers
So often I get caught up in the daily rush rush that seems to be my life right now. There have been three afternoons this week of not knowing exactly when my older children were ready to be picked up after school–none of them have phones–it’s not easy to reach them or find them, the schools are always locked and after hours it is difficult to find someone inside to open the door for me. Meanwhile, there are little ones that need me, too. The hours fly by and I realize I haven’t spent much time with Caleb, or David, or Grace, or…..
We live in a time of so much distraction. With the Internet, it is now possible to be connected with people around the world but not at school (ha ha) at all times. With phones, there is always a feeling of being available, or wanting to immediately text someone the latest update in our lives (something I enjoy doing!). At times, I can feel my mind becoming unsettled, unfocused on what is right in front of me. Even within the home, there is so much to be done. I love to have a clean home and spend so much time picking up, doing laundry, adding little touches here and there.
But yesterday our neighbors stopped by to see the new kitchen and the new kitchen was a mess. The dog went wild, and Seth kept jumping around begging for attention. The company left and I was almost in tears. I had become the “frazzled mom of seven with the wild look in her eyes” that I so didn’t want to be!
I must be intentional about slowing down and savoring this wonderful life of mine.
My heart is filled with gratitude to think of all the hard work that has been put into house, home, and family.
I’ve been blessed to be a stay at home mom for 16 years and my husband has never given me any indication that he would want it any other way.
My goal is to give him the best life possible…..at times it is not easy, there is almost always friction in a marriage, ups and downs, but with maturity comes contentment and deeper desire to show just how much I appreciate the life he has provided for me and the children.
That deep down, spiritual place within me sees and knows what is truly essential for my family. Basic requirements that every family needs; love, sacrifice, time, touch, fun, good food.
It costs something to spend an extra 15 minutes on making the meals just a little more special; healthy, filling, and beautiful. But, for my heart and soul, it’s worth it all.
It costs something to say yes to pushing the little ones on the swing over and over and over, to slow down and realize the wind in their face and the smiles are so very worth it.
To sincerely enjoy a sunny day outside.
To make the car-times fun, instead of sighing and complaining.
It’s a choice to embrace challenges, instead of giving up.
It’s a choice to keep their little faces clean and hair combed. To make them change a shirt to one without stains, for school. Because I care.
It’s important,to spend time in my husband’s arms at the end of the day, showing the deep love that we feel for one another. Talking, teasing, laughing together.
Making pretty flower gardens MEANS SOMETHING.
The other day we were in Lowe’s getting vegetable plants for the garden. I pushed the cart past an outdoor carpet display and Seth noticed them and told me he wanted a rug. I said no, but then on the way home I stopped at a favorite thrift store and found two little rugs. A Princess one for Sarah, and a Cars one for Seth. Total: less than five dollars. I don’t believe this was a coincidence, but a way to show Seth that God cares even in the smallest of details.
Also on that thrifting day, to my joy, I found some nice kitchen things; a Tupperware cake carrier, a big lasagna pan, a jumbo muffin tin, and six wooden spoons. I scrubbed everything in hot soapy water and added a splash of bleach to soak. After a good rinsing, I took everything outside to air in the sunshine.
Baby kitties add so much joy to family life. The children love holding them and petting their soft fur. We laugh to watch them run and play together.
Neglecting the housework to spend an afternoon outside is a very wise decision at times!
Reading lovely stories out loud to the family is an investment in the memory-banks for all time.
The 3 Little Dassies, by Jan Brett. This is an African retelling of the 3 Little Pigs and my kids love it.
Chloe, by Peter McCarty. Chloe has 10 older siblings and 10 younger. It’s a cute book about family fun time and what happens when Dad brings home a television.
Me…Jane, by Patrick McDonnell is a meaningful book about Jane Goodall.
You can never go wrong with Mother Goose and there are many out there to choose from. Tasha Tudor’s illustrations are precious and lovely.
It’s important to have a safe place to play. Big brother Ethan got rid of the hornet’s nest that was beginning to appear in the playset.
While they played, I got a little wet…….the water was cold and the rocks were slippery. It was fun!
There is so much to explore, to see and appreciate in this beautiful word of ours.
Ethan with his dog.
I find that usually life contains all the things needed for a meaningful life, but what is lacking at times are the eyes to see and notice. Slowing down now and then gets the gratitude a flowin’, life is good.
“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” E. Tolle
“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” A.A. Milne
“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” M. Angelou
“To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us – and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.
Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.” Thomas Merton