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The Mighty Power of the Mundane

I posted this pic the other day on Instagram.

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Our family was enjoying a really enjoyable New Jersey evening. Cool air and dinner outside. It was really nice.

And then it turned to this.

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Leaves and ketchup (Dup-Dups as Cohen calls it) INTO the water cups.

Then for some reason, Dad got on board.

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Yes, Olive is shelling a hard-boiled egg herself into a cup.

Let’s review again, where it all started.

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Rule of thumb with pictures posted on social media: The picture that is posted is the one that looks the nicest and where the parents seem the most in control. Now, this moment here really was that nice. It just didn’t last that long.

Nothing lasts that long with kids, you know? I mean, just a second ago we welcomed our first baby into the world. Just a second ago we bought two high chairs from Ikea for the boys. Those high chairs are in the basement storage now. My baby girl just gave me a five minute argument about why she shouldn’t have to nap. Nothing lasts long with kids.

Clean rooms.

Naps.

Finding a shoe size that fits.

Quietness.

Attention.

Hugs.

Kisses.

Last Sunday we got to see a juggler in the middle of Rittenhouse Square.

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We were enthusiastic audience members!

IMG_1692Olive got to hold a spinning plate!

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Life is pretty simple these days. No big trips. No big anythings. Just really fun playdates with neighborhood friends.

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And walks to the park.

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And trips to the store where strong-opinionated children won’t sit in the proper seats.

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And stopping by the local farm for a short visit.

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And picking homegrown tomatoes from our neighbor’s yard (with permission!) to make Pop Pop’s salsa.

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So much of life these days is this. Embracing what we have instead of wishing we were somewhere else. There is something special about the mundane. There’s freedom in it, if you’re willing to accept it, that when life is simple there is much to be thankful for. We are healthy and happy and grateful for God’s grace over us each day.

Nothing lasts long with kids.

Clean shirts.

Clean floors.

Organized toy systems.

Teething babies.

Meals.

Patience.

Time.

Nothing lasts long with these kids. So, enjoy them, right? Or try to. Be grateful for the mundane. There’s power in it. For once it’s lost, we may never get it back.

Have a great weekend. ENJOY DEM KIDS!

XOXO

p.s. I was interviewed by Jonathan + Hannah Photography last week about how we raise our kids according to Deut. 6:6-7. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”

Click here to read it! >>> 

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