Monday morning


The weekend started so well.

Relaxing and calm.

girl eating ice cream

Ice cream on Friday afternoon.

Lots of time at home on Saturday morning.

The middle was lovely too.

Just the four of us. Doing our four of us thing.

I love our four of us thing.

And then, it began to unravel.

Littles took abbreviated naps… or no nap at all.

Parents had aches and pains in all of the normal baby-carrying places.

Monday morning loomed. As cloudy and grey in our minds as it turned out to be outside our windows.

I ended the weekend cranky. Irritated with the three that I go to to make up the four of us.

Collapsed on the couch in sheer mental and physical and emotional exhaustion.

Exhausted by this family life.

The exhaustion lingered as I dragged lethargic limbs out of bed this morning and fought with my eyes to keep them open.

So very tired. Still feeling raw.

I walked into the kitchen. Breakfasts to move along, routines to keep to, busy morning, as usual.

And then I stopped.

Giggling baby boy peering over the edge of his highchair to see his big sister, crouched on the floor, ready to spring up into a peekaboo.

My heart settled and led my body to do the same.

The aches and pains quieted, having found their purpose.


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  1. So true! Isn’t it amazing how quickly the aches and fatigue can melt away? The bursts of love make us live in the moment once again.
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  2. {Melinda} Such a real, beautiful post … believe it or not, even my teenagers can provoke that response! πŸ™‚
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  3. Crazy, isn’t it – how quickly it can unravel…and how quickly perspective can return to our hearts. Can absolutely relate!
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  4. This is so incredibly simple and speaks volumes. You’ve described that season of life so well when you’re dog tired but revived by the surprise of who they are becoming. Love it.
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  5. I think today’s heat and both cranky kids nearly set me over the edge! We did have a reprise, though. We all got the giggles together and the night settled over us so sweetly.
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  6. Those little snippets and moments have the power to give us that new perspective. Love this!
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  7. Little moments can do wonders for us, can’t they? πŸ™‚
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  8. There are so many times that I’ve found myself looking at Jacks face and just letting go over everything that was bothering me – the commute, the headache, the money, everything. It’s really like magic. I love your pictures.
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  9. It takes just the littlest gesture from one of my kids to turn my exhausted and cranky day around. Love this!
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