The plans of our hearts are many…

We’ve had a little visitor,  a toddler, in the house for almost two weeks now. He has been with us since the beginning of Spring Break. With grown children of our own, and only one still living at home, I thought it would be a fun little addition to our days.

I say addition because our plans over the break included a long list of odds and ends like needy projects, worthwhile aspirations, and well-meaning improvements.

By the end of the first day the only plans we had were with this baby.

How could we have ever forgotten the constant needs of little ones this age?

Did we really think we would be able to keep up with his constant pace?

What were we going to do with this little guy for two weeks?

Addition was definitely not the right frame of mind as we welcomed this little house guest! Remember that to-do list? Well, we quickly decided everything on it could wait.

Many days have passed since that little revelation. We have found a good routine, practiced our creativity, and simply played. We are also exhausted, lethargic, and recognizing muscles we had long forgotten.

Our time together is quickly coming to an end. We smile when we think of his little giggles, his animal sounds, and his wiggle dances. We are every bit as pooped as we were when we started. However, I feel confident this practice will make me an okay Grandma some day! Most importantly, our big question has changed.

Tonight we’re asking ourselves what we are going to do without the baby.

Oh, and about that list we still haven’t conquered? I guess what we did not do is still there. There will be time for it later or it no longer matters.

Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. – Proverbs 19:21




Enjoy the Sparkles


I like snow because it sparkles.

This is what a second grader recently wrote about the snow during this latest blast of arctic air that chilled almost the entire United States.

Simple. I like it. It sparkles.

I used to think like that, too, a long time ago. As a young child I can remember rough winters on the farm, snowed in for days at a time.

No furnace. Yes! We get to camp in front of the fireplace.

No lights. Awesome! We get to light those special candles Momma keeps in the cupboard for times like this.

No electricity. Cool! We’ll read and play games and use our imaginations together to pass the time.

Funny how time changes us over the years. The prospects of snow once sparkling with ideas of snow forts, snow angels, and snow cones are replaced with the heavier burdens of snow removal, snow make-up days, and snow repairs.

But what if we remember to think like that child of long ago. It’s really just perspective, isn’t it?

Daunting driveway. Yes! I get a free workout today.

Lost days at work. Awesome! I can work on that project I’ve wanted to finish at home.

Power out. Yay! We can have conversation aside from all things plugged in.

The burdens of winter will pass, as spring has proven to come year after year.

In the meantime enjoy like a child. Enjoy time. Enjoy people. Enjoy snow. After all, it sparkles.