Grace in Small Things: Eighteen

Balancing the juggling act of kids, husband, house, career, meals, hobbies, friends, etc. is a stinkin tough job and most days I'm dropping the ball on at least a couple of them. Guaranteed if I'm doing well in one area, that means another is suffering.  Kids socks strewn about the floor and a mountain of laundry to be folded, but hey! a delicious dinner is on the table and the kids didn't just watch t.v. all day.  Or my perfectly spotless house meant no activities for the girls, a ton of discipline for the cranky, bored misbehaving children, and a stack of preschool prep still to get to.  Most days it's impossible to "do it all".

And yet some days, God gives me the grace and stretches each moment and hour to it's absolute max so life is abundantly full and everything is in its place.  Here was my day full of small graces that added up to so much:

Snow Day Play
I canceled my trip into town to cook at the Kitchen when we woke up to a blanket of snow.  We were creative, and played in the snow even though the temperatures outside would not allow it.


I filled containers with water and food colouring and cake pans with fresh, fluffy white snow.  The girls used spoons and little medicine cups to create snowy masterpieces.  


I would have also liked some squeezy medicine droppers, but didn't have any.  In any case, the girls loved scooping and pouring and mixing.








Bath Time:
A blue fizzy tints bubble bath and some Dora toys made for an almost hour long activity, warming up after we played in the snow.


We giggled and laughed as the girls were transformed into some of the cutest garden gnomes during our hair washing routine.



Nap Time:
A busy, rich weekend with the family and our Monday morning activities made for a house in need of a tune up.





With kids slumbering away upstairs and a timer set for one hour, it's amazing how much you can trick yourself into accomplishing.






Thinking Ahead:
Tuesdays are always tiring, with early morning wake-ups, wrangling 18 kids at preschool, running home for naps and going back out to get preschool prep done.  In  my weary state, I opt for frozen pizza or something equally lame for supper.  Today I was on the ball, and prepared a Buffalo Chicken Shepherd's Pie to throw in the oven tomorrow.  


Family Time:
And after our day of fullness, we found ourselves after supper with a clean house and clean kids and an hour to spare before bed.  So we played games.


Lord, you are so good.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice work Kinny. Hey- what game is that? We are looking for games that are at Kaden's level for family nights.
Tor

Kindra aka "The Meal Planner" said...

It's called Caribou Island and it's by Cranium. It's one I discovered because of the preschool and the kids LOVE it! There's also some other good ones by Cranium for preschoolers....one is called "Sounds of the Sea" and there's another one called "Hullabaloo" that I haven't played yet, but have heard is really great.

Anonymous said...

awesome! Thanks Kin.
I did the snow painting today with Kaden and he had a blast!
:)
Tor

Anonymous said...

awesome! Thanks Kin.
I did the snow painting today with Kaden and he had a blast!
:)
Tor

Kindra aka "The Meal Planner" said...

Yay Kaden!

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