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Small Graces

These past couple weeks have been busy ones. Lots & lots of time spent with people. Which can get a bit overwhelming and exhausting for my introverted personality. I have had to take time to refuel but in those times I've also reflected on how incredibly blessed I am to have so many wonderful people in my life. Friends that despite my bent toward introversion I hunger to spend time with - they are people who speak truth to my soul and leave me feeling encouraged. 

Early in the week we had a dear family over for dinner and s-mores. After the excitement of fire and marshmallows died down the dads pulled out there guitars and then pretty soon the kids were all carrying out their own instruments. It was one of those amazing moments when the beauty of life fills your heart so full it starts to ache. 

Watching Jeremy be a dad fills my heart in a similar way. He's so good with our kids: patient, encouraging, quick to laugh. He makes me a better mom!

Last week he was able to take the morning off and accompany me to the kids' annual check-up. So much to be thankful for in that picture. We have three healthy, beautiful, growing kids!

Little Lady continues to crack us up. She is so "girl"! She loves pink, sparkles, and babies. She, however, also adores "the brothers" and tries so hard to impress them.  She recently discovered she could connect her snap bracelet together and make a ninja headband. 

our jewelry wearing-ninja-ballerina 

One downside to this brother obsession is that she's caught on to fact that they don't nap and has therefore been resisting hers. Sometimes she fine and other days she gets very tired. She doesn't want to sleep but she will carry her pillow and blanket around. The other day I found them by the boys' sandbox.

Seven years ago I would of never thought I'd say this (parenting was so much easier before I had kids) but I've become incredibly thankful for kids' shows. Sometimes 20 minutes of screen-time is just what a very cranky toddler (and her family) needs. 

This past Friday Jeremy and I were able to step away from our mom and dad roles for awhile and enjoy some alone time in Chicago. We tired out the date planning service How About We and where able to see Iron and Wine at the Chicago Theatre for only $11! Before the show we had dinner at America's Dog.

Then after the show we grabbed some coffee and walked around the city for a bit. Seeing the Crown Fountain lit up a night was a fun unplanned discovery. 

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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