Small Graces

This past week has flown by. We didn't get home from Iowa until early Monday morning and then quickly got back to work painting our house. We still have a ways to go before we are even close to being done, but we've made a lot of progress this week. The difference is noticeable and there are glimpses of what the finished product will look like - I am so excited! 

I've helped by painting the porches; but Jeremy's done most of it while I've kept the kids busy. We found a fun little creek in a park near our house that the kids have enjoyed wading in and exploring. 

The kids and I also took a trip to a local nursery for some tomatoes and pepper plants. 

We had lot fun walking around and reading all the names of the plants. As well as checking out all the foundations and statues. Mini Man especially liked the gargoyles. 

And when Big Buddy saw a frog prince he was quick to lift up Little Lady: "a frog prince, you should kiss it"!

The kids also practiced their painting skills with some sidewalk chalk paint. 

our sidewalk chalk paint recipe: equal parts cornstarch and water. then add food coloring/liquid water colors till
it reaches your desired shade. 

Big Buddy, almost always, has one animal he extremely passion about. It fun to watch him soak up and then share the information. His current obsession is scorpions. 

Big Buddy has also started to show an interest in our musical instruments. He took piano lessons this past year and did fine; but it's much more exciting to watch him want to play on his own and to seek out knowledge. Jeremy's such a patient and a gifted teacher too! Watching them heart could burst! 

Mini Man has been extremely cuddlly the last couple months. He crawls into our bed about 4:30 every morning and gently strokes my face as he cuddles up next to me. Thankfully, he also falls back to sleep! He also seeks me out for little bits of extra love and affection during the day. It's a blessing to be the recipient of so much tenderness. This boy is amazing at loving others; I'm excited to see how God uses this gift!

He's also turning in to quite the animated storyteller. It's hard not to be interested in what he saying when is smile is so infectious. 

Little Lady is still changing her clothes multiple times a day. Her closet is usually in shambles every evening. Her creations, however, make us smile. Plus she's getting lots of practice at cleaning up/sorting her clothes - I've decided to just call it practical homeschooling. 

biker ballerina

Another thing that has made us all smile this week is all the berries on sale. We've eaten tons by themselves.  We also been devouring lots of spinach and berry salads and treated ourselves to some blueberry lemon scones

This post is part of weekly series inspired in part by Bob Bennett's song "Small Graces".

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

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

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