Ya know....those gem moments.
Those unplanned, totally unscheduled happy occurrences that ring in all kinds of delight - out of no where, really.
Empty of expectation - those days that are projected to be pretty ordinary....turning out to be seriously incredible - it's those days that really hit the spot.
And today....we had ourselves one.
It's never longed for.
My middle blonde....her lip quivers and her fists clench - when dentist day is proposed.
So I promise her the moon...if she sits in the chair and lets the dental lady do her thing - and we all breath easy when it's totally over.
Today was no different.
So after every one's teeth were tinkered with - we loaded the van all fresh and wide-smiled.....and headed to lunch......out.
The middle child that was promised the moon....chose Mexican.
(We have trained her well.)
Ordinarily, when I brave the challenge of eating out with my three loves alone - I end up not eating much food, but wearing it. And I usually spend most of my time keeping the babe quiet and somewhat stationary.
I expected this little treat lunch to be the same.
But oh grace and mercy - the youngest behaved like a champ. And I got to actually chew my food. And taste it. And enjoy it. And only one drink was spilled at our table.
Later in the day...
We received a random free flying contraption from the toy store. It's charging on our kitchen bar this very moment.
And we watched two dragon flies dance in our tight backyard. It looked choreographed....the dipping and twisting and descending in unison.
The day had a quiet contentment to it.
Void of forecast and expectation - the day was light.
I pray you get to relish in some spur-of-the-moment joys this week, friend.
The surprise of them carries in all kinds of calm and gratefulness.
And I'd say we all need a little bit more of that :)
Lord, for every person passing by this post today....please help us all to rid the week of extreme lofty expectation, perfectionism, and calculation. Open all our eyes to the wonder and joys that surround us in the ordinary. Let us all relish in Your creation this week - noticing things and people we often times miss. Ring in fresh faith, gratefulness, and an assurance that You know and love us. Please surprise us with unexpected joy, laughter, and contentment. And soften the hard hearts here. Including mine. In Jesus, Amen.