Ann Voskamp writes a blog over at aholyexperience.com. I decided to take a peak last night.
Somehow I landed on a post titled "10 points of Joyful Parenting".
It was all at once convicting and encouraging. Heartbreaking and hope-giving. Challenging and relieving.
Please take a minute to check it out.
I am so thankful for the blessing of this list and plan on printing and displaying it so that I can use it as a regular reference.
Today I was grateful to "fight feeling with feeling".
I am praying for "strong words". "Grace words." I am all too aware of the "death words" (and "death tones") I have spoken and how it has taken life from my dear ones.
I am so thankful for today's small opportunities to draw close to my individual children...
(I like to call this our Calvin Klein shot.)
Impromptu hugs for the eldest which I cannot disconnect from the impromptu "I love you, Mom" I got tonight while fixing dinner...
Extended story time with the middle followed by an awesome team workout in the front yard. He's got a mean push-up. Or ground-up as he calls it...
And sweet, cuddly rocking chair songs at naptime with my baby.
This is not to say that I haven't always done these things "pre-manifesto". But today I was present in those moments. I felt real joy in the midst of them and my natural response was to "treasure them up in my heart."
And this is not to say that the day was filled with complete peace. But these small moments gave me hope. And some joy.