Posts Tagged ‘family


Doing the Rain Dance

I was making a meal the other day when I heard my boys, all of them, shed their shoes and escape the front door to do this:



The sleepy, cuddly, relax post

There’s been a whole lot of snuggles around here lately, and mama is staying true to her resolution to take better care of herself (one word: BATH!). I sincerely hope that winter is treating you well. Well, that is, if you are actually having winter; there’s also green grass in our yard, and it feels decidedly like fall, or is it spring?, out there.


Winter in his garden

The biggest boy appropriated party of our front yard within the last few weeks as his garden. (I confess that I am hoping to talk him into a sunnier location in the backyard when planting season arrives.) He has spent a great deal of time out there grooming the ground and literally arranging the mulch. He even hauled one of the chairs from the kids’ table in the basement, which is an antique!, up to provide him with seating and rearranged the potted “plants” from near the front door. I love what he’s done with the place, and he has drawn everyone out the door in a season in which we normally only pop out occasionally for quick trips. The baby has even gotten in on the action.


Room for Me

In a house full of boys, most of whom need me to help them wipe still, my day can be a bit crowded. Honestly, I actually found out exactly why the center divider in my sink is a tad lower than the sides a while back. I started dish water, got distracted by something (one?), started vacuuming, and came back to find what you see above. *sigh* In a house where I can make this mistake, there is not enough time for me to be, well, me. I’m giving all of us some grace on this right now; with 3 boys 5 and under, I can expect it to be challenging to do anything alone. Ever. I also know that carving out that time for me is important to all of us; when I take the time to tend to myself, I teach my children to take care of their own needs; I teach them to honor others needs; and I come back more settled and ready to handle all of their needs with a much more level head.

Taking better care of me is one of my biggest, most important goals for this new year, and, yet, here I sit on January 5th, exhausted and overwhelmed. The laundry is piled up because our washing machine is still working only when it wants to (after all sorts of changes made to handle it…), I am functioning on only 4 hours of sleep total for each night this week, and we are scraping the bottom of the pantry, the fridge, and the freezers right now. Breathe. I take a deep breath, and I am reminded that sometimes that deep breath is all that I need. I am reminded that God gives us what we need, each day. I am reminded that there are always to carve out that tiny bit of time.

This afternoon I allowed a rare treat for the two older boys while the baby naps; they are watching a movie in order to allow me a bit of extra time to just BREATHE and REST. Thankfully, the bambino IS napping. Thankfully, I have a plan to finish a small epiphany gift for each of them for tomorrow. Thankfully, I am sitting on the couch listening to giggles while I type away. And,thankfully, I will have the energy to enjoy the zoo with the entire family in an hour or so, even if I don’t squeeze in a nap myself.

While I would love to find a way to carve out a set time for me, I know that probably isn’t a realistic plan for my family right now. I also know that I generally always get just what I need; it’s all a matter of capitalizing on the little moments of time spread throughout the day. They are there, and I only need to breathe.

Or sew.

And when I take that time I have everything I need. I get recharged, and I have the energy for things like:

The Lap Ride.


Take me out to the backyard

The oldest little boy played t-ball this past summer, and both the bigger boys have developed a real interest in baseball. We have great family fun playing some version of the game in our backyard, complete with mama knit bases the big guy got for his birthday. I’ll let the pictures do the talking on the rest of this one.