This was a whopper of a day. Nick and I, and some friends cleaned and painted a house that’s about to go on the market. All 5 kids joined as well. It was tiring. I went with snacks and schoolwork and Go-Pod… and the knowledge that half my day wouldn’t be spent disciplining and re-directing kids away from the paint. I was overly prepared, and pleasantly surprised.
The snacks were great, but no one got bored enough to be sent off with a book and a math lesson. The babies were happy to sit and watch the big kids climbing trees while they threw rocks and other such things. Seven hours of playing mostly outside. I love that kids find a million things to do with zero toys in sight. I really want them to have a huge yard to do this in everyday. When we bought this house over a year ago, we knew that the yard was way too small for us. It wasn’t big enough for the kids, my dream garden, the fruit trees I wanted, the bees I would love to keep, the goats I want (for milk and cheese), the chicken raising I envisioned (big flock), the sheep- wool and spinning to sustain the knitting addiction, yes please! The point is, we committed ourselves to take the kids to the park (which is one block away) everyday…3 times a week…once a week…whenever we got a chance :( And the rest would just have to wait. Doesn’t life just get busy? Don’t babies fall asleep at the perfect time for kids to play outside at the park?
Anyhow, the house we have, we love. We have done our very best to make our small plot of land as fruitful for us as possible. We have made many improvements to the inside as well. I have been learning over the past few weeks that Nick is never going to be the “farming type” and we will likely never be able to afford the land with a big enough house for our big family. That’s okay. I understand that this desire (and a strong one at that) for “wide open spaces” will either fade in time, or God will provide the way. Contentment is the word for the day. What matters most is that in whatever we do, we are serving the Lord. Whatever we have or get…we’ll use with discernment, giving Him the first fruits of our labor. Making sound financial decisions with any “extra” money we get.
“Honor the LORD with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops;
then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.
My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline,
and do not resent his rebuke,
because the LORD disciplines those he loves,
as a father the son he delights in.”
I read that this morning, and it kept. I have learned a lesson in contentment and waiting, and I really delighted in my children today. Also, I’m not going to whine about wanting a farm anymore. I got a spiritual spanking today. I have not been content, and I should be. How wonderful a life and how cute a house, and how great the grace that has been given to me.
My children were wonderful today too…
…Although there was that moment when they caught a dozen giant grasshoppers and shut Desmond in the closet with them. But lets not mention that. Lets focus on them entertaining themselves for hours and getting along well while doing it.