We love the big stuff. The family vacations. The holidays. The social gatherings. The events. We look forward to the things that are big and flashy and fun, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But today I’ve been thinking about the fact that, if we look for it, there’s a lot of joy to be found in the everyday moments of life, too.
I thought about that when our toddler was eating a lollipop today, and I asked her what flavor it was, and she joyfully screamed out, “IT’S BANANA SLIPPER!”
(Obviously, the flavor was banana split, but I know where she got her answer, because I happen to know what her slippers look like.)
I thought about it again when that same toddler called out, “Look, Mommy, we’re ballets!”
(Right after this picture was taken, they went back to dancing. Troy jumped in with them, until Remi called out, “Daddy, stop dancing! You’re a boy!”)
I thought about it when I listened to Addy and Troy playing the piano.
I thought about it while I was watching Abbott and Costello clips with my teenage boys.
I thought about it when I listened to the kids’ prayers.
I thought about it when we were all dancing together in the living room.
I thought about it when the kids complimented the dinner I’d made.
I thought about it when I found this in the gameroom:
(It’s not like we don’t have toy baby beds and blankets, but this shoe box/washcloth combo works, too!)
I thought about it again when we found this note pinned to the wall above our bed:
I thought about it while listening to my son on the way home from Bible class, as he shared his ideas for ways to tell others about the church.
I thought about it when I checked on the girls tonight and found them all snuggled up together as they slept.
There are so many special, magical moments sprinkled throughout each of our days, and while they might be obscured by the routine goings-on of everyday life, we’ll find them if we take the time to look. I’d love to hear what you’ve noticed today.