i had a LONG day the other day...swim team, bailey had a birthday party, the older 3 had dentist appts (but all 6 came!) and pat didn't get home until i was headed to bed. i was very intentional about my day. knowing i needed extra patience and strength. i asked a few people to pray for me that day. and i made it through the day with a smile on my face AND heart. i think i need to go through ALL my days that way!
after dinner, i took the kids on a walk to "our" barn. i'll admit that my main motive was to make sure they went to bed easily. it worked. but it was also fun!
his face lit up and he RAN RIGHT IN! everyone screamed. then looked at me. i was laughing...so they laughed. it's so overwhelming to be the one that sets the mood all.the.time.
i LOVE LOVE LOVE this picture. changed my header to it already. this is our life. outside. everyone together, yet doing different things. LOVE it!
early- pat goes to gym then i run
7 am - kids get up. it's not been easy...but we are finally at a point where lincoln stays in his bed until we come get him at 7 (unless he has to go to the bathroom) which is AWESOME!!!
get dressed, eat breakfast
7:50 am - older 3 get picked up for swim team practice (a friend has driven my kids to and from swim team for the last 3 weeks. i don't know HOW i would have done it!)
8:45 am - joshua and bailey get home (during this time i've enjoyed playing cars and trains with the little boys. sometimes i do an extra workout. and i take a shower and figure out what our plan is for the rest of the morning)
9:30 am - rebekah gets home
for the rest of the morning we: go to the pool or a playground or stay home and play or run an errand
noon-ish: eat lunch (this is CRAZY! getting lunch made, on the table and cleaned up for 6 kids is insane.)
12:45 pm: take lincoln and sawyer upstairs. they each pick 1 book and i read a book to each of them in their beds. this has become a sweet time for us. they each look forward to it...so do i. then they take naps.
1:00 pm: put levi down for his nap. do schoolwork with the older 3
1:30 pm: older 3 rest in their rooms...sometimes together...sometimes separately...i decide each day
3:30 pm: older 5 can get up
4 pm: levi gets up
we spend the rest of the afternoon playing outside or inside
6 pm: dinner
baths (if it's bath night)
7 pm: pat gets home, does the candle with them, i have time with levi as i feed him his bottle and put him to bed around 7:45 pm
8 pm: older 5 go to bed (pat does a "day" with whoever's turn it is - they play a game or read together - keeping it pretty simple these days)
there you have it. our days.
there were moments on this particular afternoon that this sweet guy was "just one of them." i didn't realize it til after it was all over and they were all in bed. but, it's amazing how much he is picking up and learning from them. he is one amazing little boy.
a huge bee appeared and rebekah went completely berSERK! like, flinging herself around. screaming. crying. running in circles. then bailey started crying, saying, "we CAN'T leave LEVI BEHIND!" all hysterical! (i guess since rebekah had been pushing levi, she thought she couldn't anymore because she had lost her mind.)
lincoln and sawyer were in the stroller i was pushing and were BOTH looking at rebekah and bailey like, "hey! this is what WE do! why are YOU guys flipping out??" they were the most silent i had seen them all day.
i was laughing SO hard, doubled over, tears streaming down my face.
i think we ALL let out some built up emotion in those few minutes. i'm laughing just thinking about it now. it feels SO good to laugh, doesn't it??