May 10, 2009


I am doing laundry at 10:00 tonight in an attempt to get a jump start on a busy week after being gone for 5 days. Ruby came to spend a few days with Chad and the kids, which we all appreciated, while I got to go to Malibu, California to the Pepperdine Lectures with some of the women I work with in children's ministry. It was an amazing trip!  I enjoyed every minute of of our time there but was glad to be home with my family today on mother's day.  I wrote the last post about the challenges of parenting the day before I left. I have to say that there is nothing like a few days away to refresh and restore my soul. I got to enjoy a book on the beach while I was gone called, God's Whisper in a Mother's Chaos by Keri Wyatt Kent. It was an easy read with only 10 chapters.  She speaks of simplicity in a way that I found refreshing.  Here's an excerpt: 

"Simplicity is about slowing: To hear God's whisper, to live in his presence, I need to slow down. . . For me simplifying is listening to God instead of the messages of our culture, and believing that it really is okay  that I don't always keep my house spotlessly clean. It is okay that sometimes I don't always look or act loving. It is okay that I'm not always patient with my kids. It is okay that I don't always have everything under control. My life is messy. 

From that acceptance of myself, God's grace takes me to simplicity, a focus on him that puts all other things in proper perspective. When I let go of keeping impossible standards, I begin to live in God's presence." 

I love that. Here's to a week of simplicity in the midst of chaos! I will post some California pictures soon, but for now here are a few photos of the kids:

Ava and K-Papa on a bicycle built for two! She 
was so proud not to have to use training wheels.

Pierson loves to brush his teeth. I have to make sure I shut 
my bathroom door. If not I will usually find Pierson on 
top of the back of the toilet with his toothbrush. 

One morning, Pierson was a little late in waking up. I thought I had a 
minute so I went ahead and jumped in the shower. When I got out this 
is what I found in his bed.  Ava climbed in there with some toys 
and was taking good care of him. Sweet siblings!


Calista said...

YOu are so right about simplicity and having more of it in our lives. I hope that I teach my kids to enjoy the simple things in life instead of a busy schedule. Hope you have a better week and I'm hoping that for me too. Love you sweet friend and thank you for all your encouraging words.

Noe Family said...

So I just read your Parenting is Hard post and I'm telling you, it was like I wrote that!! I had Buster come read it and we both said "thank goodness someone else is going through it too!" Not that I want that for you:-) but the more stories I hear from people about the struggles their kids are going through, makes me feel like mine is a little more normal!! I will pray for patience for you and for Ava's sweet little heart! Do the same for us:-)

Leah said...

We need a big sis like Ava!

Kate said...

Those pictures of your kids are so sweet! I'm glad you had a refreshing trip to remind you that you don't have to have it all together all the time. Your kids are blessed to have you as a mom!