I’m a type-A, schedule-ortiented, routine driven kind of person…oftentimes to a fault. Thankfully, God keeps working on me and has lately been showing me (in various ways and through various people) the parts of my life where I need to let go a little, especially when it comes to simply “being” with my children and enjoying them while they are little.
So this week is winter break for our county. That means all regular activities are cancelled and I decided to take full advantage of a relatively slow week where we didn’t have to be anywhere! God has blessed us even more with beautiful weather and we’ve spent countless hours in the backyard. We’ve soaked in a lot of sunshine, finished and begun some really good books, made a King Cake for Mardi Gras, had a picnic by the lake in our neighborhood and enjoyed play-time with new friends. Tonight, after much creative begging from my little people, I agreed to let them have a tent sleepover in the little boys’ room. I can’t tell you how cute they were getting snuggled into a bit of a tiny tent for three bodies. I let them have some time to hang out in the tent before lights out and when I came back in to tuck them in, I heard my precious seven-year old boy excitedly reading “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” while the others listened with delight. These are the moments I don’t want to miss and I’m praying constantly for the grace to “slow down” and just “be”.