Felt very clever this year. A day or two before December graced my calendar I did all the hard decorating and cleaning that comes with this holiday seasons arrival. Twinkling eyed children arrived home that day. I hadn’t warned them; it is always fun to gift your children a surprise, after all children treasure a good surprise far more then adults.
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Putting on the armor of God each day could be summed up in the idea of surrendering each day to live consciously within Christ. Living through him is the most powerful armor one can wear to face this life. Some of us, more then others, notice or are overwhelmed by the day to day storms. The storms are for real, they can be crippling and sneaky and devastating, especially if your spiritual skin is too thin.
Lovely moments in time, specifically today, but everyday, are in beautiful abundance when you spend so much TIME with children!
My three year old has been very chatty today:)
“My cars are on your mark and engines ready!” says my three year old as he lines up cars in front of my breakfast. “The blue will win because he is blue! RRRRRRRUMMMMM!” Watch out mommies toast! I had somehow gotten in the middle of a crash derby race!
After Our Walk Moments
My three year old picked his first ever bouquet of dandy-lions for me on our walk this morning! He then told me he couldn’t get me a lady bug cuz a lot of them where dead on the grass… awe
The street sweeper and cleaner went by and he screamed “OH BIG TRACTOR for me, for me!!” We had to stand and watch every time it went by.
After Snack Moments
There’s an old computer keyboard in the basement, three year old is pounding on it “I working on my puter… I don’t know why but we need a new one upstairs Mommy.”
“Can I watch a movie?” I said for sure. “Ya an adventure!” The joy with which he throws himself onto the couch and under his favorite blanket, just for a half hour cartoon before lunch, reflects how he throws himself at everything in life. Kids are excellent examples of GUSTO if you let them show you!
|(Our youngest two, wrestling with their Daddy.)|
I was up much of the night with my preschooler. He was coughing so hard he couldn’t sleep for long periods at a time… thus neither did I… So today I am all the more grateful for a little day-highlight I am going to share with you
MOM- “Nap time.”
KINDERGARTNER (DAUGHTER)- “Yeah I guess so.”
PRESCHOOLER (SON)- “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!”
MOM- “Lets go guys. Mommy is tired too.”
KINDERGARTNER (DAUGHTER)- “I know, lez take a toy or two okay?!” (talking to her brother directly) “And then we can pat one another on the back for going to nap nice like this!” (pats her brother on the back… after a couple minutes he returns the pat… to my surprise they then walk quietly to their rooms and laid down for nap!)
|(Awe, my baby boys first snow angel… or alien…)|
It is a good thing we got out in winters first real batch of snow. Only a week later, since the snow storm, and most of it has melted! This is the prairies so we could get more or we could end up with a warm wind that sweeps it all away. Such a strangely warm winter this has been…
|(I have fallen and I can’t get up!)|
Where I am living weather is a normal conversation to have with anyone and everyone. Weather conversations can get very intense. One specific thing I have started to notice was the difference between my friends out west (on the coast) and my friends here on the prairies. Out west they assume they are entitled to snow-less winters and warm weather… out here we assume we will be punished for good weather, he he he… I don’t know how many times I have heard, this year, ” We are going to get punished in July for this mild winter”! It makes me smile at our differences.
|(Take picture of snow ball mama!)|
Now my kids and I have an advantage in that we are totally happy with a snowy winter so we don’t get down either way. Kids don’t think about the future like adults do. We often have an attitude of ‘if I think the worst I will not be disappointed’. That attitude doesn’t usually turn out the way we think. Generally we just become more grumpy personalities and in some ways always disappointed as everything is a chance to be negative.
Everything is a chance to not be negative too. Kids are living now and so unconcerned with what may come that they are usually happy with any weather. The attitude of ‘make the most of what ever it is’ seems to flow from children. The more I relax as a mom, and go with their happy little way of looking at life, the better I am at mothering and the better I am at living in general.
|(If life gives you snow, make snow soup!)|
Baby Boy has been really into making snow angels this past week. New discoveries are always so fun. He calls them ‘snow aliens’ though… not sure where he got it from but I corrected him and he gave me a look as he corrected me in return… and I realized he knew exactly what he was saying. I guess he isn’t as weirded out by the idea of aliens as I am, he he he. “Such a pretty snow alien,” he smiles.
I want to be a woman of praise… living to praise Christ Jesus in all things and the least I can do is learn to praise him no matter the weather. I am thankful for our dump of snow because of the fun the kids and I had in it. If it hadn’t snowed my Baby Boy wouldn’t have discovered ‘snow alien making’ or my five year old wouldn’t have been able to make me ‘snow soup’. My oldest two got to make their first, ever, snow forts and where so impressed with their abilities. I got to watch it all, capture it all and treasure it in my heart. Thank you Lord for working on my heart, strengthening it in you to be able to praise no matter… no matter the weather and with hope to learn praising no matter the circumstances.
Well you never can tell with fish. Yellow-whisker just didn’t seems as healthy from the get go. The day before she died I was starting to warn the kids she seemed ill.
We are now down to just Nia. Sure didn’t take long for the first experience with a pets death to happen thanks to our new fish adventure.
The kids handled it well, although all differently. Youngest two seem very unaware. My eldest is just hoping we get a new fish; maybe a fancier one like a Beta next time.
My oldest boy, however, was the one who found her… belly up… He looked so ash colored as he came and told me. I took one look at her and confirmed his suspicions. He then looked really solemn. I asked if he was okay and he shook his head ‘no’. I said it was okay to be upset and when he started to cry I grabbed him in a big hug. I assured him it is always a hard lesson in life to learn… that life ends.
After we hugged for a while he asked if he could go be alone in his room. He then asked the sweetest question, so honest, “Is it okay if I am not okay for a while? I still feel sad”.
“Absolutely okay my boy”, I assured him.
For now Nia is very healthy looking so we will stick with her and when she goes we will debate trying ONE Beta or just two new goldfish again.