Small Graces

This post is part of weekly series 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...

sometimes they slip by without notice
sometimes they are very hard to see
other times it's very clear when they are happening to me

One of the changes we've made since the beginning of the New Year is that Jeremy now does Big Buddy's phonics/reading lesson with him before leaving for work. I'm not very good at letting go of duties. I hate the idea of failing. Even though, admitting that I need help doesn't mean failure - it just feels that way sometime. Jeremy's a great husband and dad though, and he noticed that this was a struggle for both Big Buddy and me. We weren't having any fun and most of the time we both ended up frustrated. Since Jeremy doesn't have early morning classes this semester, he offered to take over this homeschooling task. It has made such a difference in our days. Since I'm no longer burned out, having used all my patience on reading, I have more energy for other subjects. It also means that I have more time to plan/play a few reading games with Big Buddy - things both him and I enjoy. I'm incredibly thankful for Jeremy, who was willing to step up to bat. I'm also grateful, that I'm learning - that I'm finally starting to realize that "i can't do it all" doesn't mean failure. 

That was this past week's biggest small graces, but here are a few other things that have made me smile. Another change we've made this year is that most afternoons we have a little bit of cleaning time. The kids now do random jobs like scrubbing the chairs, baseboards, or stair spindles. I like it because things that never seem to get cleaned are getting polished a little bit. It also warms my heart because so far the kids have been eager helpers and hard workers. 

click here to read more about our stair plates

Little Lady's favorite thing to do at the library (other than play the computer) is the puppet show. This last week the puppets were fairy tale characters and her little show was one of the most precious things I've ever seen. When she had the princess whisper, "are you my prince?" - my heart about exploded!

Little Lady also has a habit of making beds for herself and her dolls all around our house. It makes me smile every time I come across one. 

you can see more of her "beds" on my instagram

Lately, Mini Man has decided to sleep with Little Lady. He likes to cuddle and she's doesn't think it's fair that she's the only one without a roommate. Watching them sleep....these kids...I'm blessed! 

Mini Man had me laughing lots this week as he ran around in this bird costume. 

the costume if from a kiwi crate we did awhile back

We've had a couple snow falls this week. Nothing major but enough to make everything pretty and white for awhile. 

The boys love playing in the snow and seem to take no notice of the cold. Little Lady, is not such a fan. I think it's mainly because she can't bear the idea of wearing her blue snow-pants and boots - "I don't like them!" She'd much rather watch the fun from the window. 

"these are the small graces, the little moments when the miracles come...
they are a reminder to the heart there is more to life than meets the eye...
He is in the small graces....
small graces pointing me to the larger one...
little glimpses of the kingdom come..."

Linking up at Inspiration Mondays.

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