I was sitting on the floor watching my daughter accessorize a stuffed elephant when my little guy came over and asked if he could brush my hair. Sure, why not.
He started out gently and carefully brushing the back of my hair and gradually became more emboldened until I'm pretty sure he brushed away part of my left ear. Instead of screaming I started laughing which only caused him to brush harder and crazier.
He always keeps us on our toes--full of joy and finding adventure in every task and every moment. His moment of hair-brushing glory ended shortly after encountering this tangle on Maddy's head. He needs a little more practice in the art of gentleness.
As these simple moments pass, I am reminded that I am fortunate to be home with my sweet babies to cherish these casual mornings. I am blessed to see the joy in little faces, the discovery of new adventures, and even the tiny disappointments and daily failures.
I love these kids. I'm thankful for these mornings and know that they are fleeting. And as the calendar fills and Summer draws near, I'm reminded to "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice!" Philippians 4:4.
Not just sometimes. Always. What a challenge!
**top photos by Maddy, age 5**