Sunday, December 21, 2014

Our Daily Story: A Walk, Caramels and Stillness

Today we woke up to kids that weren't feeling 100%  so, we had to stay home from church. The thought of entire day spent indoors made me feel a little claustrophobic and when we started talking about what we should do, Judah chimed in with the idea that we should go for a family walk. I love that his idea of family fun is getting outside and enjoying this beautiful area in which we live together. I love that he wants to run trails and find big sticks. 
As we walked along, I wore Eliza on my back. For awhile, with each step that I took, she said "Weee! Weeee!". I had forgotten how sweet it is to have her snuggled into me like that. Now that she's so active and all over the place, we have less time like this together. I'm thankful for her next to me today as we walked along. 
It's not very often that I wonder what the world must look like when you're the height of a 5 year old, but today I noticed something about this kid. He always finds the best spots. I wouldn't have even noticed that this bridge had a few of the railing pieces missing, but just like that, I look over and without missing a beat, he's there, making ripples. Even as he gets taller, I hope he still notices these things. I hope he is still fully present and not rushed, so that he is able to notice these little things.

I think that's the problem with most of us adults. We're not present and we ARE rushed.
Later in the afternoon, our entire house fell silent while everyone napped. I enjoyed the quiet and planned our week and packaged up these caramels. I had to get them packaged because if I'm not careful, I could eat the entire batch. If you're looking for a good caramel recipe, try out this one. 
Goals for the new week: I guess my main goal would be to create moments of stillness for myself and for the kids. After watching them just enjoy the world out on our walk today, I want them to see more stillness in me. I feel like as a Mom, I need to model this for them and it's not easy, especially around this time of year. I guess what I'm trying to say is that we create what's "normal" in our kids minds. I don't want a stressed out, hurried Mom to become their normal.

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”    – Psalm 46:10

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