Gotta say, there's a LOT of joy in my life right now. Because that's kind of what motherhood is. The lows are low, but the highs are joyfully high.
One of my number one joys right now is the fact that spring approaches. We just moved into a real house with a real yard and I saw on the first day here that there were daffodils already planted that were going to bloom soon. Then, the next day I saw CROCUSES!
One of my all-time favorite flowers, perhaps in part because they're with us for such a short time. What a sweet way for God to remind us that no, this cold WON'T last forever!
And I LOVE the joy on the children's faces when they're playing in our big backyard. They're outside as often as I allow, holding hands and running aimlessly, chasing each other, dragging sticks around, or drawing with sidewalk chalk. Having this much space has sparked more creative play from John Paul in a few short days than he's shown in his entire life!
And the joy in this beautiful girl's face almost all day long. She wakes up singing, often giggling about something she's completely made up ("Ever seen a SKUNK in da house? DAT'S siwwy!!!"). She and John Paul have been spending their indoor time running EVERYWHERE in the new house, falling to the floor with loud thumps and wild giggles.
And these babies, who wake every morning with smiles, coos, and no small amount of gas... The joy on their faces when they simply have the privilege of looking at YOU because you are YOU and isn't that SO WONDERFUL? It's pretty incredible. Definitely outweighs the spit-up.
So there we are - this is the ever-changing, ever-abundant joy in my life. The joy that is a house with a yard, a husband who made it all happen, and four beautiful children who are worth the trouble.
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