Yesterday was the first day of Sunday School at church this season. I’m teaching Middle and High School girls for the third year and wanted to make yesterday’s kick off Sunday feel special and especially welcoming to the girls. I bought donuts from Dunkin Donuts, hot chocolate in a gorgeous tin and hydrangeas from our bush. They are just starting to get a tint of pink to them. As Drew and I were walking into church an overgrown bush got my attention and we did a little snipping of the gorgeous branches.
The gorgeous hydrangeas and their branches now reside in our kitchen. Last night after editing these photos I sat down with Shauna Niequist’s book Cold Tangerines… it’s all about celebrating the everyday. She wrote that she always seemed to be waiting for the next stage because then things would get better… you know what I’m talking about: “when I get a bigger house”. “when my children aren’t quite so dependent on me”, “when I get married”. She pointed out that life isn’t about waiting for this one big moment.
Life is made up of so many little moments to bring us to where we are now. I found the whole chapter incredibly convicting as I unfortunately have this mindset that life will be better or easier if I can just get to A, B or C instead of thinking as Shauna says: “This is it. In the best possible way.” Instead of being discouraging that “this is it”, this is my life it was actually such a freeing statement. I want to really embrace these mundane moments, even if they are hard as they are happening.
This morning I was able to start practicing this bright and early. For whatever reason Elle lately has been waking at 5am-ish and is too antsy to get back to sleep without climbing into bed with us, where she’ll fall asleep immediately (Drew had a phase like this so I’m not too worried).. I rarely sleep when she’s in my arms and so I’ve been trying to use this time, while I’m cuddling a little girl in pink footed hippo jammies, to pray. Embracing the moment and praying for my family. Pray that I would be a mom who has patience throughout the day and let’s go (to some degree) of what I want to do and how I think it should go. Praying that my number one goal would be to love today… praying the same for you today too.