Clothed, teeth brushed, and no tears to boot...with the only hiccups being one brother wearing the other's shirt and socks, and me stirring London's pears into my coffee instead of my cream. No biggy.
I am woman, hear me roar.
And now here I am...coming back from a 2+ week sabbatical from all things computer related.
Time for processing, time for assessing and re-assessing, and time to turn down the noise for awhile.
I unplugged for a bit.
There were days where I missed it and was actually lonely and lost...and then there were times when I didn't give facebook...or blogging... Pinterest...or even email a thought for days on end.
I am in a season of feeling deeply entrenched in motherhood.
|London...she be mobile...|
This, for me, has been that sort of season.
And this weekend - with two extra little boys to call my own - has further defined this reflecting.
|London's first taste of snow. She pretty much ate a boatload.|
(Point proven: It is now 4:00 in the afternoon. The Hoolies came in soaking wet, a spat between the two Littlest Littles was worked through, London woke up from her nap, snacks and tea were had....and then lunch and more snacks were had. London was fed, and cleaned up, stories were read, and naptimes took place....by us ALL...and now I sit to write a bit more -- until London begs for her supper, and until the five Hoolies remind me that I promised them pancakes and bacon before the big game....Point proven AGAIN: It's now Tuesday...two days later...and I just may yet get to push that "publish" button. No promises....)
This is my life right now.
And I am in the thick of it.
A baby teething who is just a smidge needy.
Two boys to teach reading and writing, math and science.
Diapers and baths.
Five boys to help navigate issues of brotherhood and friendship.
A ginormous house to stay on top of.
Waitressing shifts to serve.
Mountains of laundry.
Meals to be made.
Mess after mess after mess to clean up after.
Dish after dish after dish to wash and put away.
Little hearts to teach and mold.
Living real and raw with deep, soul friends.
A husband to stay connected to.
Perpetual ordering and re-ordering the chaos of life with Littles back into some semblance of order...
And a re-play button to push each morning so that we can do this thing called Life all over again.
This is The Stuff of motherhood.
Days where showering is optional and soul care has to be fought for.
Days where alone time has to take place before 5:00a.m....and exercise, as well, if I want it.
And moments where often, at day's end, Kev and I look at each other and congratulate ourselves for simply surviving...
|ALL my girls...|
He sees it all.
He sees the sleepless nights, and He gives mercy to the Mama's soul.
He hears our pleas for grace, and He responds with tender care.
He notices the small sacrifices...
He sees when we stoop low...
And He gives the strength that's not our own.
|Bread...SO much bread....|
And so neither should I....
"Joy is in the acquiescing." ~ Ann Voskamp
Joy is in the letting go....in finding Him in the thick of it....in the humble bending of the knee and of the Mama's heart - and in the total embracing of Life in whatever season we may find ourselves. It's messy, but it's beautiful. It's humbling, but it's eternal. And it is simple...but it's oh so profound.
"Use me then, my Savior, for whatever purposes and in whatever ways you may require. Here is my poor heart, an empty vessel, fill it with your grace." ~ D.L. Moody
Grace, Jesus. Pour it out all over...
Emptied to be filled...
From another Mama "in the thick of it:"
"Today? It is going to be okay. Take back your Motherhood. It is a gift. Listen to the Life-giver, NOT the liar." ~ Christie Elkins
"The thief comes only to steal and to destroy. I came that you may have life, and have it abundantly." ~ Jesus
OH. So very good...
And so I shall take the joy....
~ New chapters, and sinking in for the ride.
~ Learning selflessness again and again.
~ Knowing that His mercies are new every morning.
~ Four babies and one Big Daddy. Full of grace for this Mama.
~ Soul friends, deep talks, and unconditional love.
~ Sharing life, and loving it.
~ Lessons in humility. Over and over again.
~ A life that is full, and days full of Life.
~ Walking alongside. Raw and real with other Mamas in the thick of it.
~ Times of solitude, and days of silence. Being still.
~ Knowing...that He is God...and that I am not....
#5151 ~ My Joy Journey.