After a packed full weekend with nonstop action and nonstop kid contact, sitting here typing in complete silence leaves my ears ringing a bit. I'm back at home, at my desk, with my coffee mug after a whirlwind weekend with Becky and chicks.
After the weekend we just had we feel like we can flex our mom muscles and high five on a job well done...hauling five kids to the beach for the day then to Colonial Williamsburg the next is no small job. You better believe we high-fived...more than once.
Feeling the need for some Strahle time, a souped up field trip, and a weekend away I took the kids and headed to Richmond Saturday morning. We have so much fun with them. Becky and I are always amazed at how well all the kids get on with each other. The beach, a field trip, fun times with friends are all beautiful things.
But let's be honest, long car rides, sweating in 100 degree weather, rain, and sand where the sun don't shine can get you down in a hurry. Being the one that almost always sets the mood for the entire family is a hard position to be in, especially when there's sand and 100* to contend with.
We do, you know...set the tone. Did you know that you and I as moms have that power to make it a good day or a bad one? It's a crazy ridiculous amount of pressure, but it can also be a great challenge for us. It's just a choice...it's always a choice.
Do we choose joy?
Do we choose a 6 hour car ride to grumble that it's long and hot and sticky and cramped...or do we use the time to catch up with friends on the phone and hash some things over with God for a bit while the kids are occupied with movies?
Do we choose to laugh at ourselves in our hippy-mobile packed to the brim going on a day trip the the world's largest sandbox?
Do we choose to OCD out about all that sand ending back up in your car at the end of the day?
Do we choose to let our little darling that snuck into your bed that is draping her leg across your body, cradling your face with her hand, and consequently sticking her thumb in your eye to dictate our wrong side or right side of the bed to wake up on?
Do we let our calendar, our to-do list, our commitments, or hobbies get in the way of blessing our families with joy?
We all make the wrong choice sometimes. It's hard not to. But sometimes we need to realize that to see a thing in it's most simplified state we need to boil it down. So let's. Boiled down looks like this:
Choose joy or don't.
The beach day on Sunday to Virginia Beach was as good as ever. God create the ultimate playground. All five kids immediately are hypnotized into a trance of contentment. Monday we took them on another adventure to Colonial Williamsburg, which was so completely cool.
My kids saw George Washington and about flipped! Jack met his hero and was so nervous he could barely take a photo. They were calling for volunteers to go fight for the freedom of America and Jack so wanted to go forward, but he wanted Noah to go with and that didn't happen, so they both declined to fight. It was a historical dream...
...until it clouded over and started to rain. One umbrella and 7 people is not the best equation. Again, you can choose to sing in the rain or not. It's our choice, mamas.
photo stolen from Becky's instagram @farmgirlpaints :)
This is our Happy Day Challenge, today and everyday: Choose Joy.
Choose it this week, share it with your readers, and link up your post next week here. Same time, same place.
I'm going to have to choose joy a lot these next two days. I have a very special guest coming. I have groceries to get and toilets to clean. Kids don't always care about our to-do list.
Happy Wednesday to you and yours, mamas :)