Saturday, March 14, 2009
My kids seem to be all grown and wanting to fly from the nest. I suppose that is the plan and I am going along with it most days. One daughter has spread her wings and flown around the world and is making a little nest of her own in Japan. My eldest daughter is recouping in her old nest after being on a cruise ship for a year and a half serving vacationers. Then there is my boy finishing up school and letting us know in his own way that he is ready to make his way in this world.
Are you there yet? People often ask "What are you going to do now that your nest is emptying out"? Honestly, there is so much more to the nest. It is truly an ongoing quest in making a home a place of peace and beauty. There is a lot of inspiration out there in blog world from those that are gifted home decorators, frugal shoppers and just happy home makers.
I do have little ones that comes to my home now and then. The little guy in the above picture comes over most days of the week. His momma needed a helping hand. He has filled our home with love and laughter. As you can see he loves to get into my pantry. He gets a box, any box, and empty's the contents. Of course he shares this treat with our dog. My husband has since helped me out by securing that door with a lock. Thank you Mr. Fix-it. Less messes for me to clean up.
Investing in little ones is like storing up heavenly treasurer. I like to think that I am blessing their momma and giving that little one a little nugget of hope and faith to take through life. Not that their own parents are not doing the same.
Do you like the little bags one of my little friends made for her family? She told her mom that they can put them in their underwear drawer. She was excited to make these little bags filled with potpourri and popcorn mixed with refreshing oil. Simple you say. Yes, I know, but, that did not matter to her. She was very pleased with her accomplishment. It does not have to take much time or money to make a little person happy.
These little hands and feet make life all the sweeter. At times a grown-ups life can be filled with too much "stuff", you decide what that is. Taking time to share life with little ones can put perspective right back where it belongs. They likely will listen to your stories and help with tasks. They will make your heart light as your ears ring with the sound of laughter, only to realize that it is you laughing your head off. Who ends of really help whom?
So, although I am enjoying this new phase of our life, the emptying nest. It is a wonderful adventure rediscovering my man. I really like the maturer version of him. Grey hair and beard to boot. It is rewarding to share what we have with others even if the others are little ones that take the energy right out of ya.
The mission field is not always so far away. Do you agree?
Keep Sweet, Becky