Moments of calm
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
I am grateful for my husband for many (many) reasons, but even more so as the kids grow and our calendar fills. Our lives are loud and full, but Jonathan is really good about championing simple routines in our lives that help bring some calm.
DINNER: We eat dinner together, around the table, nearly every night. So many studies show this is a significant factor in strong, healthy families. Grateful that from the time Ryan was a wee little one in an infant bouncer, Jonathan made it a priority to sit him in that bouncer at the table with us. Dinner time around the table feels like a mini-Sabbath each day.
FAMILY READING TIME: I'm just gonna be honest. This is not something I could ever make happen; and sometimes when Jonathan calls us all in to read together I am internally grumbling about all the other things I could be doing. But about 5 minutes into him reading Prince Caspian outloud as all five of us cram onto our bed to listen, I'm grateful and humbled. It's such a sweet time.
KIDS' BEDTIME: There are secret handshakes, the setting of the alarms, the prayers, the discussing of the day, the hugs and kisses... But never just a "Goodnight and see ya in the morning" as the kids take themselves upstairs and put themselves to bed. They are walked upstairs and put to bed by their Dad and Mom. There are days when this feels hard, and I really don't wanna haul myself off the couch (someone please tell me I'm not the only one that lazy...), but Jonathan values the time and knows how quickly it's passing, and so following his example I get to be a part of that sweet routine each night.
Here's hoping that the rest of you Mamas in your tired 30's* are finding times of rest and calm as well!
*I heard this season that we're living in called "the tired 30's" in a sermon by Shauna Niequist and was like YEP. My friend Tara recommended I listen to that amazing message, and I'm so glad I did. You can find it by clicking here and scrolling down to February 16th "Stronger in Marriage".
valerie in TX had this to say:
Or us mamas in our tired 40s. Some of us are old. :)
- February 26, 2014 at 12:40 PM
Sincerely Anna had this to say:
I read this right before going to bed last night. Just the right encouragement from the Lord. I'm with my kids 24/7 it seems and I so need His grace to fill me with new ideas and a fresh perspective to be more intentional in both parenting and supporting my husband. Thanks for sharing what you guys do.
- February 27, 2014 at 9:22 AM
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