It just takes one moment, dawn breaks and the light floods through the cracks of the black-out shades in McClaine's room. It is predictable, every morning, just one moment after that radiance breaks through, I hear his feet softly scamper into my room. Eyes mostly closed, hair messy and unkempt, nose stuffy, forcing morning breath my way. He grabs my thrift-store t-shirt as an anchor to pull his little body close to mine.
Sneaky as he is, he is not quiet enough to steady her slumber, and Avery follows. She stumbles into the room, always without her pajama top, warm natured as she is,
she still joins the snuggle time.
Stifled giggles wake Audrey, who is temporarily nesting in the crib beside our bed. Within moments of daddy scooping her up and snuggling her in with the rest,
I hear the cooing of Reecey.
There were 6 in the bed and the mama's heart said, "I'm grateful, I'm counting..."
0017... A quiver-full, even if they are all in my bed at 6 AM.
0018... Oma and Opa getting to spend the week in Hawaii.
0019... Malt-o-meal with lots of butter and sugar.
0020... Kids that will actually eat that.
0021... Conveniences- like a washer, dryer, dishwasher.
0022... Countdown, one week until my mom gets here.
0023... The birth of baby Kenze.
0024... A cold-front and a new winter coat for little man.
0025... Green Chili Lasagna.
0026... God's love surpasses my inadequacies, selfishness, exhaustion, self-reliance, filth, impatience.
0027... My husband's strong example of manliness and godliness for my little boy.
McClaine is not REALLY shaving. And yes, he knows the danger of razors. And yes, we keep them out of reach.
0028... A quiet house at nap time, to hear His still, small voice
0029... Encouragement from a friend far away.
0030... Starting the day with a family snuggled in bed
and finishing it off with a family Jam Session