Friends, one of the most awesome, profound, life-altering, life-giving, confidence-boosting things we can do for our sweet children is to SPEND TIME WITH THEM. Better yet, as a family.
For reasons that are likely confusing to people who do not understand my background, doing things as a family has been difficult for me in the past. But the Lord has so renewed my joy and has helped me see that He does not require perfection from us, nor are we expected to be automatically intentional with our kiddos. He realizes it requires a laying down of self and gives us the ability to do so (don't get me wrong, most of the time I crave being with the kiddos, but to really be intentional, well, that takes focus..intent! and sometimes, I'm just tired).
Now spending time with my family usually just flows beautifully...I can't get enough of Shawn, Wilder, and Story. They truly fill my love tank and remind me of how much God loves me! We have our stressful moments like all families with young children, but it doesn't nearly set me off track the way it used to.
I am so thankful Shawn managed the time to fix the tubes in all the bike tires so we could enjoy the fall weather this weekend. Wilder insisted on riding his tricycle...eventually he couldn't keep up so we hitched the trike to the back of the trailer, then eventually Shawn wore it on his back (we were tired of the clanking noise).
I'm so excited about many bike rides to come!
Other things we do as a family:
Eat dinner together
Put swimsuits on our heads