Happy Monday, friends! This past weekend, the boys had their very first father/son campout in our backyard. They pitched a tent, had a fire in the firepit, and roasted marshmallows, and went to sleep to the sound of a bullfrog in the nearby creek. I was so proud of them for lasting all night! Beforehand, Liam quietly said, "Mommy, I'm so nervous about sleeping outside." But now, he keeps asking me when he can camp out again. Hopefully this will be the first of many outdoor camping adventures. Meanwhile, Eva and I slept like princesses in the comfort of our own cozy beds. :)
Lately, I've been trying to let go of the need to maintain so much structure and order, and just enjoy being with my kids without thinking of all the things we should be doing. Should can get us into a heap of trouble sometimes. Should isn't a word that typically falls in line with the life of freedom that our Heavenly Father created us to live; rather, it's indicative that we've succumbed to the outward pressure and expectations of others. Should usually means we are living out of obligation instead of love. So, I've been checking myself whenever I start feeling overwhelmed by ALL THE THINGS I should be doing and try to focus in on what's really important in that moment. When that happens, the burdens and cares of the world seem to lift off of my shoulders, and I feel like it's easier to live in the moment. And we've had quite a bit more quality family time because of it.
Anyway, today it was pouring down rain, and our Jeep is in the shop, which usually would have stressed me out trying to figure out how to keep the kids from going stir-crazy indoors. Instead, I let them put on their bathing suits and sent them outside, which is something I've never done before because...well, ALL THE MUD. Who wants to clean up that mess? But after three kids, I'm starting to learn that messes are just part of the journey and shouldn't be avoided like the plague at the expense of fun. So, they spent about an hour in the pouring rain, throwing muddy water on each other and splashing in the flooded grass. I'm basically the coolest, most laid back mom ever. :)
Take that, Monday! Hope you all have a splendid week!