Embracing the Chaos

One of the things that trips me up the most about motherhood is the chaos that comes with it. The inability to plan things or to have things go as planned. I like to organize and frequently visualize how I want days or experiences to go. My kiddos all seem to have their own ideas though...seriously, it's like they thing they are people or something 😉 They have their own agenda, or crises, or even moments of delight that interfere with all my well-thought-out plans. I've learned that sometimes our expectations do nothing but kill our joy. I'm striving to grow in my ability to roll with the punches. To engage in and find delight in whatever the day brings. To not fight the chaos but to embrace it

Yesterday, I woke-up to find a huge branch in our yard. I also had a head full tasks I was planning on accomplishing: school work, spring cleaning, laundry, etc. As soon as I saw the branch, though, I knew it would draw my kiddos in and bring them delight. I could fight that delight and try to check off all the school tasks I had on my list, or I could embrace it and join them in their fun. I chose to just roll with, and we had the best morning.





 




Since the older kids had already had the chance to explore and climb all over the branch; it was easy to convince them to do our daily reading within it's center while Baby Z laid down for his morning nap.




The city came to collect the branch right after lunch. I didn't get as much as I had expected to get done, but we did knock out some of the schoolwork, I scrubbed the kitchen, and Jeremy helped with the laundry that evening.



 I still struggle with clinging to my own expectations and fighting any distractions that comes my way. Someday, the Lord will root this selfishness out of me but it it hasn't happened yet. It is so silly because every-time I let my expectations go and just embrace the day and whatever chaos it brings - we have a splendid time! The "have-tos" always seem to find a way of getting done and the "want-tos" are silly compared to the joy that flexibility can bring.

Flower Prints

Every other week or so I always pick up a bouquet of flowers with our groceries at Aldi. They are simple bouquets, but for less that $4 they do a lot to brighten up our home. Little Lady has been asking for awhile to paint with flowers; so when a batch started to wilt I let her and Mini Man go to town.



Supplies - flowers, heavy paper, and washable tempera paint. 

Directions - lightly dip flowers in paint and then gently press them onto the paper.




While they were painting BabyZ woke up from his nap and insisted on joining the fun. Luckily for him, Mini Man is a softy.



Their  creations...


Small Graces

A reflection on recent life, inspired in part by Bob Bennett's song "Small Graces".

Sometimes they slip by without notice Sometimes they're very hard to see Other times it's all so clear When they're happening to me


1 - naps with sweet babies


2 - mud puddles and big brothers who show you exactly what to do


3 - finger paint

  
4 - spring walks, river islands, and nets


5 - vibrant tulips

6 - friends who bring their new baby for a visit and boys who just can't get enough 


7 - notes from the husband

  
8 - kiddos who like doing the dishes


9 - soccer Saturdays...



10 - ...especially when all the shots on goal are stopped


11 - textures walls and a mini ninja warrior

These are the small graces The little moments when the miracles come These are the small graces Small graces pointing me to the larger ones Small graces Little glimpses of the kingdom come From unexpected places These are the small graces

What I've Been Wearing

I never thought I'd be the type of mom who would resort to wearing exercise leggings most days,   but alas that is who I have become. I'm not a huge fan of jeans and  for the most part weather has been too cold to wear dresses without tights - it's SPRING, I want be done with tights! So lately, I've just been recycling through the same legging outfits over and over again. I do, however, continue to get 'dressed' for church and such; here are a few pictures of those outfits. 





If you are looking for more outfit inspiration please check out these link parties: Watch What I'm WearingStyle SessionsTrend SpinPleated Poppy and A Labour of Life.
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