Monday, July 23, 2007

Dancing in the Rain

I discovered (or rediscovered) a truth today. There is a reason why we are supposed to have our houses/lives in order: it enables us to be happier, to serve, and to be better parents. My life is in order. My house is in order (momentarily, I am sure). But, tonight, when the kids asked if they could sit in the garage and watch the rain, I could say "yes." Then, when they wanted to go running in the rain like crazy wild drowned rats...I could not only say "yes," but I could join them. Our memory and the crazy fun we had playing tag and racing in the rain will stay with us much longer than my freshly vacuumed floor. What a lesson and what a blessing.

This is a older picture that I never posted-a couple of Sundays ago K asked me to braid her hair into a crown. I thought it turned out pretty cute. It was another fun binding time.


Suzie Petunia said...

Oh, it is a beautiful thing when you can stop to enjoy those moments with your kids!

nikko said...

Wasn't it lightning and thundering at your place? My kids would have loved to have been out it in, but we were in the midst of FHE and could still hear thunder!

K's braid looks so cute! French braiding is hard -- I am impressed!

Anonymous said...

I bet that was just wonderful. what a blessing to have those times with our children!
We didn't get rain here until 10:30pm. my sweet babies were asleep by then.
I sometimes wonder if my children will remember the times we play, laugh and read together more so then my yelling at them.
I seem to be doing more yelling now that I am 8 months pergnant and it is hard to get up and down, then anything else.

Suzanne said...

I used to fight the whole you need to have your home clean thing, because I'm kind of a messy person naturally. You said it best! It's not wrong to have a messy home, but I've found like you that there is so much more peace and productivity when it is clean.

If I ever have a girl, I'm in big trouble because I can't do cute hair like that. At all! :)

Anne Bradshaw said...

I'm at the next stage--when the house stays tidy (except for my writing space) because the nest is empty. Looking back, I wouldn't trade the crazy-but-let's-do-it-anyway moments for anything. It's all gone by so fast.

In England we had lots of rain in which to scamper around. Wish I'd done it more when I had the chance. Enjoy. You'll never be sorry.

zeebee said...

Her braid looks awesome! Love those mom and kid bonding moments!