It's a bit after 5 o'clock. Mark came home about an hour ago. He gathered the kids to clean the living room with him and then took them all to the library.
I get to stay home.
I should be making dinner but he told me to rest, so I am.
I came outside with my James study, my Bible, journal, pen and book. I parked my chair on the sunny swath of grass, on the far side of the yard, by the raspberries. I can hear the breeze rustling in the big tall trees in Ashley's yard. The birds are chirping. Our birds- the chickens- are looking at me curiously. A squirrel is making his way to the top of the playhouse roof, and making quite a commotion as he goes. It's warm out here. The overcast day of earlier has been transformed into blue skies and full sun.
I yearn for quiet amidst these crazy days of school, and I am thankful for this gift of it. I am also thankful for this day with my kids. For our walk about the neighborhood this morning, searching for Fall treasures to draw in our nature notebooks upon our return home. I am thankful for You, God, gracing me with compassion for a sobbing child at the end of our walk, when that precious-to-him chestnut, all in its protective shell, was jostled and clattered across the sidewalk. Thank You for giving me kindness in that moment, taking the usual place of impatience.
I am thankful for my fiery girl, always moving, always talking, with her constant questions. But who, when asked, "Come, sit with me on my lap for a second", sat down without hesitation. And stayed. I'm thankful for the weight of her sturdy little-girl self, thankful for that wild hair of hers that brushes my face whenever she's near. Thankful you saw fit to make this amazing girl my daughter.
I am thankful for good books to read aloud, for colored pencils scattered across the floor, for dishes piled in the sink, and for tissues littered everywhere- traces of two little girls with colds.
I am thankful for the sounds of their voices. For getting to hear the word mommy all day long. For the privilege of doing this.
I am thankful for my beautiful, competent Ella, who is pining to make dessert for us all tonight, who volunteered to help Audra build a fort this afternoon, who diligently practices her piano. She loves and serves and sees what needs to be done and does it. She is a treasure.
I am so grateful, Lord. Thank you. You are a good Father.