Pushing Pause

The last month of school has all of us in a tizzy.  Add on sickness, and you’ve got one un-fun household.  A few nights ago, we were all at the end of our proverbial ropes. I knew there was a decision to make.  We could either continue to let everything escalate and have a knock-down drag-out where everyone ends up grounded for the rest of their lives OR we could push pause.

We pushed pause.

Plopping down in the floor around the coffee table, I laid out my ‘Anne of Green Gables’ coloring book.  I also pulled out two new ones Aunt B brought with her.  I began to slowly sharpen the triangle-shaped coloring pencils as the girls’ eyes widened.  Astonished, RyAnne asked ‘Are we going to get to color?’.  And I smiled.

The girls joined me in the floor as Josh Groban sang in another language around us.  Slowly chit-chat and giggles began to flow.  “Look, Mommy!  Is mine pretty?”  “Mommy, do you like my rainbow?” “Momma, what colors would look best for her hair?” “Momma, my puppy is SO cute!”  Inbetween the strokes of the pencils and crayons, we were able to catch up with each other and just pause.

How thankful I am that He gave me these four gals who manage to make me laugh til I can’t breathe and drive me insane in the very next instant! How blessed am I that they were willing to join me in coloring on the floor? How grateful I am for the wisdom to push pause.

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