We have been soaking up the summer evenings (even though it's technically still spring) the past few weeks. After dinner we'll quickly clean up and all head outside. We set up the bean bag game set or the kid's lacrosse goals, throw out a quilt for Cash and play together. Sometimes it feels so good to sit back and take it all in. To see the kids playing with one another. To see my man playing with his kids. To know that years from now we'll reminisce back on these nights as a big family of little ones and we'll miss it.
We stay out until the sun begins to set and the fire flies come out. Our yard is a magnet for them and we usually end the night with a jar full. Every now and then a jar of them makes it's way in the house. A few weeks ago the lid "accidentally" came off and we had at least 50 fireflies glowing around the house. ;) Never a dull moment. Quite literally.
After the kids are in bed we set the bean bag game BACK up for just the two of us. Turns out it makes for some fun quality time together! It seriously has turned into one of our favorite parts of the evening :) It's to be decided who is the better player. A few more tournaments and I'll report back ;)
My prayer lately has been that I would have the discipline to slow down. To just pause to take it all in. If I had to describe our life right now... it would be FULL. And a good kind of full. The kind of full that is overflowing with the beauty of life with little ones. But also the kind of full where your feet hit the ground running the moment you get out of bed until the moment you crawl back into it at night. Thank you Lord for your blessings.
*** I almost didn't put this picture in this post. But it makes me smile looking at it and it's something I want to remember :) THIS is what I feel like life is like with Cash Marshall right now. He is SO PRECIOUS and happy... but also SUCH a boy! Constantly thumping my face and pulling my hair. It's not uncommon for me to have a scratch or two on my face from his wild love :)