In the craziness of the days, I become lost in the chaos. Lost in the consistent feeding of my children, bathing them, clothing them, washing their clothes, cleaning their dishes, changing diapers. I get caught up in the robotic life of caring for the physical needs of my children. Nurturing my children has become lost in all the day to day "necessities". Which, yes, they are necessary to living. But mothering is so much more than that. Instead of my children being individuals, with unique personalities and interests, they are cared for as a collective bunch.
This is something that has been on my heart for some time -- something that needs to change. Thankfully they are still young and easily mold-able. Nurturing is done through reading great books together, playing board games, having conversations about life [and Legos], Bible stories that inspire their hearts, drawing & coloring side by side. These many things that I have allowed to slip away into the mechanical life.
Saturday, I took my 2-year old daughter out to breakfast to spend some one-on-one time with her and I was surprised by just having the time to sit and look into her beautiful blue eyes. I'd forgotten the feeling of having just 1 or 2 children. My attention wasn't so scattered as it is now. Something so simple as a 1-on-1 breakfast (in which we shared some delicious cinnamon pancakes) caused a spark between us. She wanted to be around me [even] more at home that day. We made a deeper connection.
It helped me see more clearly, just how important it is to meet that need of 1-on-1 time with each child. Even if we aren't doing anything "significant" (she looked through the dessert menu about 5 times while I named off all the goodies. That was it). I even let her blow bubbles in her orange juice. Because the time was just too special to spoil it with perfection.
11. precious time to tie heart strings
12. gentleness of the day
13. God's provision - even with a broken down van
14. grace's beauty
15. God's molding of me
16. toddler smiles
17. tender hugs
What's something you do to nurture your child(ren)?