It’s been a long six days. My husband has been gone 5 of the 6, which always makes it a little harder. The kids are all tired and have slight colds. I am still trying to catch-up on laundry since our trip!
But, you know what? It’s ok. I’m ok with it. In fact, I have really had a lot of joy and peace. In the grand scheme of things, we have had an incredibly blessed week. I look into these precious faces and I know I am blessed beyond words.
The fall weather has been perfect, and we’ve spent every afternoon outside. We’ve spent much of each morning outside, too. The kids think it’s for them. I watch them ride bikes, play with magnolia seeds and daisy petals, get covered in chalk, and push them on swings. But, it’s for me, too… I need that fresh air to reflect and be reminded of how blessed I am. With the kids extra tired, my temper has been short. I even told my number 2 I needed a time out for myself!
But, there’s grace. And there are times I do have inexplicable patience. It’s when I feel God’s Spirit helping me. I am learning. I am learning to listen to Him… to stop and move outside for some fresh air and a change of scenery. Sometimes I feel Him nudging me to laugh instead of discipline. Sometimes I have to force myself to say something encouraging when I am totally frustrated with one of my children doing something they know they’re not suppose to. And, sometimes I just have to turn-up the worship music and ask my kids to dance to try to change my own mood. It’s a battle at times. I am so thankful when I make the right choice, and so frustrated at myself when I don’t. Again.. I am so grateful for grace!
The kids are all in bed now. In fact, I’ve had quiet time to myself the last 3 nights. What a blessing! We’ve moved all the girls into one room, and it seems to be working out well. Tomorrow my husband will be home. The next day my parents are coming for a visit. I am so, so excited!
“Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30