We have made a commitment together to focus on parenting more purposefully, with God's help, on a daily basis. It is so easy for me to get in a rut of just "getting through the day" with my children. Then, at the end of the day, so often I realize that I have not accomplished a thing towards helping them reach our ultimate goals for them. So we've made some changes; hard changes, some of them, but we know they are for the better.
To commemorate our renewed efforts together, Jessie surprised me by taking the night off from his second job so we could spend some family time.
We headed to one of our favorite parks, where we cooked us up some hot dogs, and just enjoyed each other while
playing in the dirt
watching the local dumpster diver's antics
jumping off of boulders
climbing up stairs...
...and down stairs
running through shell paths
throwing rocks in the water
stopping to smell the
getting our faces good and dirty
and visiting the "bus bathroom"
(always a source of great excitement at this location).
I'm excited to see what God will teach us this year about raising children. We are so blessed to have them. Sometimes we may miss out on things because we have the great responsibility of raising them, but the new experiences that we have, and the lessons we learn through watching them grow more than make up for them.
I love our family - and I'm so grateful to be sharing it with this guy.