After 5 years of being a stay-at-home mom, I found the wonder of mothering slowly starting to get crowded out by the mundane feeling. I realized our world seems to surround people with the negative, and complaining about blessings seems totally acceptable. So I decided to fight against that "normalcy" and focus only on the positive. I look back to my first year as a mom when everything was new and keeping house was fun and I aim to have that attitude again. This blog is my outlet to showcase the daily miracles that surround me in my blessed life as a stay-at-home mom so that I will never forget the wonder of it all.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Yesterday's "Tidbit of Joy"

With Zac working so much, I've been trying to add what I call a "tidbit of joy" to each day.  Just a little something to keep me intentional, to make the kids feel special, and to keep all our spirits high while we miss Zac.  Its just little things like not telling the kids their friends are coming to play, or adding animal cookies into their peanut butter sandwiches at lunch.  Easy stuff.

Yesterday, God supplied us with a good tidbit of joy.  Rain!  We don't usually get rain this late in Spring around here.  We were playing outside and talking to neighbors when it started to rain.  My neighbors literally took off and headed indoors, making a comment about how they guessed we were all headed in for the day now.  Oh how little they know my kids!  As soon as the rain hit my kids' faces lit up!  They ran to the carport and grabbed anything they could find to catch the rain in.  Then they ran around our cul de sac laughing, holding their buckets up, and looking up to the sky with mouths wide open to catch some on their tongues too.

Soon, the roof started shedding its abundance and they ran to the side yard to catch the waterfalls there.

Buckets of rain naturally get turned into pots of mud pie soup.

Lunch was pushed back for this wonderful play time.  The kids were soaked to the bone by the time we came in.  They were stripped down on the front porch and ushered to hot baths and showers.  Left over matzo ball chicken soup with tofu, and chicken and cheese snackmaster sandwiches (panini type things made in a press straight out of my childhood) were calling to us even though they were planned for dinner.  So we filled our bellies with warm food and the older two got to watch Narnia while Kian napped.  We don't watch much T.V. around here (we don't have cable) and since February, have cut it down to basically never so this was a real treat.  But it just felt like a Narnia day.

Thank you God for Your wonderful tidbit of joy today.
And thanks for watering the garden.


  1. I love this post, Jenny- love the pictures of your children in the rain! Oh, we know what that is like! I smiled imagining your neighbors high-tailing it outta there while you all revelled in it!
    I also love your post before this- what a fun time! And nice to see you, too!

  2. Yes, us Mama's don't make it on to our own blogs much, do we Melanie. :)

  3. Funny.... we are the opposite around here. We finally had a day of sun yesterday! Rain is old, old, very old, news.
    Finn has that same blue and orange striped sweatshirt. He has almost outgrown it and its such a bummer b/c it is one of my favs!

  4. Taryn, Logan's almost outgrown his too. My husband, a Denver Broncos fan, loves it b/c its Bronco colors. :)