Small Graces

A weekly reflection inspired in part by Bob Bennett's song "Small Graces".

These are the small graces, little moments when the miracles come...
Small graces leading me to the larger one...

This past week was an exhausting one. In addition to my sister, Angel, visiting until Wednesday, I subbed at the childcare center everyday. Only two of the days were for a full shift but it still wore me out. I had to be there at 6:30 a.m. everyday - ugh! I really enjoy subbing at the childcare; it enables me to stay in touch with the families and my former coworkers. It however, also reminds of how blessed I am to be able to stay home with my kiddos most of the time. Balancing work and home is hard!

Before Angel left we made sure to do a couple more fun things. We rode our bikes along the trail to a neighboring town for some custard. This place is amazing! Seriously, if you live close you have to check Van's out - I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

my choice - a turtle sundae

she made sure she got every last bite out of her bowl 

While waiting for Little Lady to finish Big Buddy worked on his hand walking - this kid crazy!

Speaking of Big Buddy, he's really mastered swimming this year. Today he swam a couple laps with me (in five foot deep water!) no problem. I can't quite quite describing the feeling that comes over me when I see my children conquering a skill. It's like my heart starts cheering and giving out fist bumps!

Little Lady has been keeping us on our toes as usually. She has strong opinions about everything which is funny because sometimes they don't quite line up how you'd think. For instance, this past week or so she's started refusing to wear shirts to bed because, "the brother's don't". She adores her big brothers and mimics almost everything they do from roaring like dinosaurs to picking up and examining dissecting insects. 

we kept finding her in "the brothers" room so we've started to make her a little pallet on
their floor

There is, however, a part of her that is extremely feminine. She insists on wearing dresses (multiple because she usually wants a wardrobe change at least once during the day) everyday. When our neighbor brought over some hand-me downs Little Lady lit up and then managed to put the pinkest fluffiest one of the bunch on in less than five minutes. 

In the past I've sometimes felt bad that she doesn't have a sister to play with but I'm not really worried anymore. She already pretty confident in who she is and what she wants and so far she has very little trouble convincing others to join her. 

I  have to add that the twirling happened while I was at work. Jeremy was home with the kids and took this picture. I adore him for not being bothered by his boys putting on dresses but instead understanding how twirling a big skirt must feel pretty amazing & fun. 

One last highlight of this week has been all the goodies we are getting out of our garden. I still feel like I have almost no idea what I'm doing and I wish I had more time to read/plan. Somehow though, our garden is producing and this week we got to enjoy our first blueberry (hopefully, lots more coming soon), a few strawberries, cucumbers, and tomatoes. 

garden fresh bruschetta 

a backyard picnic with fried cucumbers instead of chips

they are a reminder to the heart there is more to this life than meets they eye...
He is in the small graces, the little moments when the miracles come...

small graces pointing me to the larger one...
little glimpses of the kingdom come


  1. That twirling picture is awesome! I never was able to convince my brother to wear a dress. Props to you Little Lady! ;)

  2. bike rides, ice cream, swimming, wow what a perfect day!!!


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