i can literally sit on my porch or in my bedroom upstairs and listen to the school children just up the street playing outside during their recess time.
***so very blissful and quaint.***
i sit on the chair in my bedroom and think about this thing of being so far from all those i love and wonder what it would be like if we lived closer so that our children could grow up together and we could celebrate birthdays and holidays and everyday days.
***nothing like i thought life would be like***
but, then i listen to those children playing and when i think about my children and their happy and contented spirits and when i realize that they are living their own story that will someday be told as ‘back when we were kids’, i snap back to reality.
***nothing like i thought life would be like, and yet so much more***
as if my thoughts on the recent devastation in Oklahoma are anything new or different….
but, when i think of how BLESSED i am to wake up in a climate controlled house, with four HEALTHY children, and my husband has a JOB to go to, and we have FOOD to eat, and MORE than we could really ever need in many senses of the word….i just feel humbled.
humbled that things in my life are so good and better than i deserve.
sure, there are hard things going on.
i have to think there are for all of us.
to varying degrees, there are just hard things in this world and as long as we live on this side of eternity….this will be our lot.
it’s sobering to think that all of what i have, what any of us have, could be snatched from us tomorrow.
it’s sobering and yet, it draws me to strive to live as i know i should.
as i know God would want me to live.
whether that is loving my husband in new ways of service…
or meeting all the mundane demands that consist of the life of a mother…
or truly being kind to someone who i know hates me…
i want to do as i can and know i should because life is really just short and o-so-fleeting.
moments where life hands me hard things and where i see others suffering really make me stop and think.
in the course of this ordinary day, we have had the waterslide and sprinkler out and in use.
all four of my kiddos were Loving it.
and, their mother, she loves the chance to soak up a bit of sunshine while they frolic and play.
Kate discovered that the wipes are a super fun game to play.
our twisty locust tree was LOADED with blooms this spring.
they were so gorgeous, and smelled just heavenly.
have i mentioned that i love gardening before?
i know, i won’t bore you.
but, i will just insert that this time of year is just so luscious and invigorating and inspiring.
even if there are weeds to pull and mulch to spread.
i love it.
i’m looking forward to a brief outing tonight with a friend for smoothies.
and, coming up in a few days, we’ll be settling in for a long weekend.
i am in desperate need of that after the past 10 days of chaos and very little face time with the one i love most.
y’all have a great rest of your day!