Summer vacation started yesterday for my children. Today is our first full day of summer break. And it goes until the last week of August!
When I gear up for summer break (weeks ahead of time) my whole soul sighs. Honestly, I enjoy my quiet days. My middle child, Hawken, stays home with me while the other five attend public school. Hawk is almost 13 but he cannot talk or walk, really do anything without assistance. So, he and I read a lot together. He's brilliant (I know because I can see it in his eyes). We read physics books and fiction and history -- all sorts of stuff . . . oops, sorry for the tangent.
Anyway, as I wrote above our days during the school year are quiet, calm days.
That all ends when summer vacation begins.
I love my kids. I adore them, but I've realized I have to just embrace the chaos. I have to "go along for the ride." I have to discover life with them every day of summer.
Reread the verse above. Jesus says the kingdom of God belongs to "such as these." He was talking about the children.
Maybe we grownups (who hang out with kids all summer) need to give up our agendas and goals and schedules and immerse ourselves in our children lovely and chaotic activity. Maybe that is the point. Maybe that is what God is calling us to for this season.
We have a kitten we call Killer. She is absolutely adorable. Killer is a prophetic name for I'm believing she will one day be a great mouser (female cats overall are better mousers than male cats -- plus, if you're reading this could you pray she learns to use the litter box). She is so much fun to watch. She is chaotic -- her little brain is distracted by so many things. If she isn't sleeping she is on the move. She chases this and that -- anything. She is fun to watch.
She reminds me of my youngest child!
Maybe this summer we need to just enjoy our kids. Watch them in their play. Kids love to be watched! Watch them laughing, creating, just being kids.