to do exercise videos with Lydia and watch her effort and perseverance; to read "I Spy" over and over again with Chayce; to be "pampered" at the "Johnson Girl Salon" by Hailey and Lydia with manicure, pedicure, massage and hair-up-do; to referee the "lucha libre" or wrestling matches between Chayce and Brady on the bed!
Why is it so easy to focus on the difficult times, to forget these incredible joys and live in the moment? Each night the kids race to be the first to say "I love you most, too late" and every morning they come searching for a good-morning hug. Brady asks throughout the day, "Mommy, do you want to play with me?" and Chayce wants to "kick the ball" or "play Legos WITH YOU Mommy!" I know these days and years will pass quickly, so why is it so hard to fully embrace these moments, to say "YES!" to every invitation to play, to just BE present with my kids?
I thank the Lord for the privilege of homeschooling my kids in this stage of life. Although it has brought battles with each one at different points, God is using it to teach me, to humble me, to grow me. And He's blessed me with incredible times with my kids--painting Zebras, watching videos of penguins and marveling at God's creation, hearing Brady remind us all once a day that we should be like elephants who never forget, capturing grasshoppers and ants, walking to the nearby basketball court for PE and playing soccer, memorizing the books of the Bible and reading incredible stories from God's Word. Thank you, Lord for these times. Thank you, Lord, for the gift of children. And most of all, thank you for your GRACE! May I learn to embrace the joy of each moment with my children and count them as gifts from Your hand!