It's amazing how much we take for granted, like the use of our hands. I look around the house and I think to tell my husband something needs to be fixed or moved but then I remember that right now he can't move or fix anything. So we either wait or I have to do it myself, if possible. Quite a change has taken place in our house but more good things than not! I see God in this in so many ways.
So our leaves have been piled up for a while as we have plenty of trees on our little one acre lot...not so little when you have to rake it! So today we decided not to wait any longer. We wrapped up, got our rakes and got working.
Now keep in mind that the children can stay outside bike riding and playing with friends for hours and I mean hours and never complain one bit. Today, however, after about thirty minutes of raking I heard the following: "I'm tired, some thing is in my shoe, can we stop now, I stuck myself " I could go on but you get the point.
It's amazing, they were ready to go in. I wonder why? I simply said " Oh my goodness, I didn't know you guys got so tired so fast, the next time you play outside you won't play so long". Immediately my six year old jumped up and got to work, the other two followed her.
Afterwards I fixed everyone hot chocolate (even though it was not cold outside) and they were actually very proud of all the leaves we raked and bagged. Of course the children got the "responsibility speech" about us all having to chip in and help dad as well as showing gratitude for our home by cleaning it and taking care of it, they might as well learn it now.
When it was all said and done we did lots of work and had lots of fun . We only did the front, we still have the driveway, the sides and the back. Better get more hot chocolate!
This was a great family experience and a first. I NEVER rake leaves, my husband is so good at it. This accident is causing us to work together more to get things done. Did I mention for five years I have been praying for a live in nanny? Well now I have one but please don't tell my husband he's it!
...everyday talk for everyday women