June 25, 2009

Jumpin' for Joy

That's my boy jumpin' for joy at the beach.  Yes, my blog has suffered because, well, I'm on vacation. Now, before all of you stalkers/robbers/thieves start trying to figure out my address, just know that my manly man is still at home with my guard dog.  They are ready and waiting.

Oh, I miss that man terribly, but there is this thing called food.  And my children like to eat it.  And food costs money, lots of money it seems lately, so he chose to stay home and work.  And yes, I just broke every grammar rule about starting a sentence with "and."   AND it felt kinda good to break a rule.  Because if you know me, you know that I'm a rule follower.  

So while my hubby stays at home, works so we can eat, and deals with the extremely costly headache of having to purchase a new air conditioner unit, my girls dance in the waves. Childhood innocence is beautiful.  There is a fine line of involving our children in the 'team' of family finances and protecting them from fear of financial crisis.  Oh, what a balancing act!  I say, let them dance!

As I dug an enormous pit in the sand for my children to jump and hide in, it occurred to me that much of mothering resembles this task.  I work, sweat, and labor knowing that many of my tasks will need to be repeated, just as I knew the pit would only last until the next high tide.   Why do I wipe counters, wash dishes, pick up toys, and dig sand pits?  

I do these because of my LOVE for my children.  I didn't dig that pit with a bad attitude even though I knew all of my sweat and sore muscles were for a temporary delight.  I did it with joy because of the love I have for my precious ones.  I don't want to get caught in the web of complaining about menial tasks in mothering.  It is part of the journey.  The journey is meant to be enjoyed!   
This is one of my favorite snapshots of the week.  If you look closely, her feet aren't touching the ground.   She has some pep in her step.  

Enjoy the menial today.  It's part of this crazy journey called life.

14 comments:

whimzie said...

Love the picture where her feet aren't touching the ground. Talk about not touching the ground? The jumping boy picture makes me smile! Love the girls in white dresses (even without the blue satin sashes). These pictures made me wish we were doing a beach trip this year. I hope you're having a wonderful time. And I don't have a single problem with people who start sentences with "and."

Janet said...

Gorgeous pictures!! Looks like you've had a great time!

Lacy said...

Hey Gretchen...Enjoy your journey and your trip too. Looks like so much fun and you capture life moments so well. Great photos!!

Anonymous said...

AND I'm so glad you reminded me of that today, friend! Have fun!!
E

Anonymous said...

Oh my sweet friend let them dance...and make sure you take some time to dance as well!!!
Kimberly

Carpoolqueen said...

Great pics, Gretchen! Looks like your week is simply delightful. Thanks for the reminder about the menial...needed that today.

Anonymous said...

GIRL, do you know how to write!! i just love the way the Lord has enabled you to express your heart. LOVE it! and btw, i have a writing degree & i'm ALL about starting sentences w/ and! "and" b/t that comment & something you said at the coffee house (both scenarios that i was totally relating to), i'd enjoy delving into a "first born to first born" heart-to-heart w/ you sometime. (ever read the birth order book?)

enjoy the rest of your precious moments at the beach. and we'll hold down the WF fort for y'all while you're there.

- tanya :)

the browns said...

what great encouragement! this post came at a perfect time for me.

Tracey said...

Great post, Gretchen..love all the pictures. The white dresses are precious and the sweet boy jumping is fabulous! Oh my..the lessons God has taught me through the 'menial'!! I wouldn't change it for the world. AND it's a blessing to be traveling this menial road with such inspiring women.

Caitlyn said...

Hey girl, so fun to check out your blog as well. I love the way you write!

Linda said...

Beautiful post! Enjoy your precious family - it's the greatest gift! Linda

Samantha said...

Thanks for the reminder. Great pictures, have a great time!

Suzanne said...

Sweet! I needed that reminder.

I am Maricar said...

Priceless photos.