Small Graces

The last couple of weeks have been jammed pack full of baseball/t-ball activities. This is both our boys first year so it's been an interesting experience for me. I never played as a kid - even in gym class I usually found a way to opt out. Jeremy, however, comes from a long line of baseball/softball players. He's excited to share this experience with the kids. Both him and and his dad are volunteering as assistant coaches and I think they are just excited about the practices as the boys.

While I never had much interested in playing baseball. The Sandlot is one of my favorite movies and Mini Man always makes me think of Smalls. He's got the big eyes, a charming personality, and a flair for drama.

We've had a couple of warm spring days so I've tried to have us outside as much a possible - life just seems better when you can feel the sun!

Mini Man told me, "I want to  eat my popsicle like a king."

On the cooler afternoons we've been enjoying lots and lots of books. We've gone through several Magic Tree House books; all the kids enjoy them and they are a quick read so it's not too much of a time commitment. We also recently just finished The Hundred Dresses and are part way through My Father's Dragon. The kids have also spent a lot of time "reading" some of their favorite picture books - it's so fun to overhear Little Lady's retelling of a story. 

I never thought I be a fan of comic books but Big Buddy, who while he loves to listen to a good story has not shown much interested in reading by himself, has started to fly through the Star Wars, Clone Wars Adventures books. 

A silly thing that makes me smile almost everyday is the outfits Little Lady puts together. I set out clothes for the kids on Sunday but other than that I let them choose what they want to wear. Her outfits are always full of color and whimsy.  She's very proud of her creations and wears them with such unabandoned joy. 

This past Saturday Jeremy and I participated in an Earth Day five mile trail run. It has been a long time since we have done a race together. We took things slow and just enjoyed our time. Jeremy was not a runner growing up but even before we started dating he started training. He knew it was something I enjoyed and it was/is a sacrifice he's willing to make to please the girl. 

Speaking of sweet Jeremy things, he also taken to leaving little notes/lyrics on our chalkboard - this man knows how to make smile!

This post is part of 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 all so clear when they are happening to me...

They are a reminder to the heart there is more to the life than meets the 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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