After a whirlwind year with Jon being deployed and trying to stay busy and on-the-go so I didn’t go crazy missing him, we’ve recently made the choice to stay at home and cut down on outside activities. And stay at home we do . . . A lot!
It was a bit of an adjustment at first, but the results have been amazing. I love to see my children have time to play and create. Imagination just doesn’t have the time to come alive when all kids hear is “hurry up” and “let’s go” all the time. Here are some fun things that have come of our recent at-home times.
Kaden, just out of the blue decided he wanted to make a bird feeder. He crafted this little bird getaway from a paper towel holder, sticks and tape. He remembered to instruct me to buy bird food when we went to town next, and now we have this “lovely” little house sitting on our front porch. Please join me in praying for birds to come!
We go on nature walks and collect “treasure” quite often. On one of these times Kaden and Will found bricks that they wanted to bring home. They then decided they wanted to paint them.
While sitting down with my little guys doing school one day, Daddy decided he was going to go shoot some water turtles in the pond so they wouldn’t eat our fish. So forget Mommy’s lesson, off with Daddy they go.
And many times our nature walks include fun picture opportunities. Fall is a great time to get outdoors!
So I challenge you, no matter what your schedule or calling in life: try to stay at home just a bit more. Learn to say no to those extra busy activities and take time to enjoy your kids and home without always thinking about that next thing on the to-go list.
I finally did, and I love it.