"He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm,
and carry them close to his heart, and shall gently lead those that are with young." Isaiah 40:11

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Smelling the Snowball

Yesterday I had the rare opportunity to walk to Ethan's preschool to pick him up.  (Dave usually picks him up and drops him off, arranging an appointment inbetween) I had a nice brisk walk there....and the way back? Yup, it took about three times as long. Ethan needed to swipe some snow off a ledge...slowly....then he tried repeatedly to throw snow at a sign, stick a snowball through a tree branch, drop snow slowly into puddles and watch them disappear, he spread snow over some mud....and he thought it was enourmous fun to throw snowballs at passing cars (I managed to nip that in the bud...eventually) Ethan didn't feel any need to be anywhere soon.  And I shouldn't have either...Dave was fine with having the other two - one of them still napping...And yet, this aggravated me to no end.  Why is it SO hard to slow down and just enjoy the moments we are given?

I knew I needed to choose to 'smell the snowball' even if I wasn't feeling it......And so here we are - being silly in the back yard.  And that sheen on my jacket (which you probably can't see), is the water that Dave was relentlessly chucking at me from the kitchen window.....yeah, thanks Dave.  Ethan did manage to huck quite a few snowballs into our kitchen this way - although sadly, they completely missed Dave.  


Carol Taves said...

Can't believe Dave would be so cowardly as to hide in the kitchen!!! Glad you got to play in the snow!

Jaclyn said...

Thank you for the reminder of enjoying each moment. I know I need to do that more, and this was a good reminder to me.
I'm glad that you could have fun in the snow with Ethan, I'm sure he found it very special. I know I have fond memories of my Mom putting aside her busy schedule to have fun with us kids. It impacted me and is a cherished memory I'll always have.
Family is a blessing.
Keep on.


Brenda Funk said...

Those are fun pictures -- the best times are often the simple ones...and taking the time out to be present and mindful where we are. You look lovely Kendra --

Kathy and Carl said...

It's hard when you feel like you need to get so much done to have time to relax, and then we forget the relaxing and enjoying part, but just keep getting stuff done. Sigh....

The pictures of you and Ethan are precious. So glad that you stopped to smell the snowball. It's a good reminder for me as well.

Kathy said...

Awesome reminder to relax and "be a kid" again. Restores the soul.