I had not planned a post for tonight. In fact, things have been so busy that it didn’t even cross my mind. But I am sitting here in my home office alone. I’m working. I was simultaneously jumping between editing an engagement session and preparing my next Instagram stories post. My children have been together 24/7 for over a week now and there have been a few moments of tension between siblings. And, I’m not going to lie. As an introvert, I’ve had to take a few deep breaths as the noise has been incessant and the “mommy, mommy” has taken no break.
It took me a moment to even realize what I was hearing. From an adjacent room I could hear music. Then laughter. Then chatting. It was 7:15pm after days of being home together. My children have completed their school work for the day and have been given freedom to do their own thing for a bit before bedtime. But, as I snuck around the corner and took a look into what I was hearing I found all of my children dancing and singing to the Frozen II soundtrack. I heard them sharing stories from things they had heard from friends or seen on the news. They were taking roles from the Frozen movie and acting them out together.
I returned to my work for a bit. And, as I completed things for the evening and went to head everyone to showers I found them as in the image above. Snuggled in, reading to each other. ❤️
I had to step back. Today was not my most graceful day, friends. I am tired. I felt like a champ running into this week and today feel like a total flop. But, stepping back I was able to see children happy, healthy, kind, and enjoying time together. I was able to take a BIG deep breath and was SO proud. There was So. Much. Joy. in their faces. In those moments I was able to remind myself that the plan is far greater than I can imagine. And, while my plans are here in the day to day where I can see… God’s plans are so much more in-depth than I can ever grasp.
I am grateful for the moments I witnessed between my children this evening. It was a reminder of God’s presence, but also that sometimes you just got to sing and dance, laugh and chat.
To each of you struggling out there, I am with you! Moving through this time is not easy at all. But, we will get through it. In the meantime, look for Joy and share in Gratitude.
I am grateful for each of you who are sharing your journey with me. I do believe it takes us all. Thank you.
With Grit & Grace~