Ever have a party because your room was finally clean?
Two nights ago, I had a "party" in my room. I bought a new alarm clock, as our old one wore out from all the pounding of the snooze button. The new one has a CD player, so I put on a little Nat King Cole, lit a few candles, and enjoyed the solitude. The kids were all in bed, there was lightening in the night sky, and the music was smooth. In a few minutes, I had company.
My three year old ds came in dragging his pillow. "I want yoouuu." He doesn't like lightening, and so he snuggled in under the covers. Next, baby was fussy, and the five year old dd brought her in, and decided to stay. Then I saw a medium sized head peeking in our door, and it was 9 year old dd, who asked, "Can we come in?" "We" being she and my 10 year old dd, as they do pretty much everything together and use "we" much more than "I".
Next, my eldest child, 12 year old ds, peeked in and found a spot. I sent him to go get his 7 year old brother as I didn't want him to be left out, but he was already asleep. So we all hung out, listening to music, watching the candle light bounce off the ceiling, with the soothing sound of a few people sucking their thumbs in the background. Finally, dh came in, wondering where I had gone, and said, "Wow, we have alot of kids." I reminded him we were even missing one, and all of a sudden, we both felt the joy of abundance. You know, you get all caught up in the work and worry of things, and then overlook the 'why' and 'how' of all this work and worry. Where did these little people come from, and how is it we are so graced as to be their parents? The abundance of it all is overwhelming at times, and it literally brings tears to our eyes. Truly, the Holy Spirit is in all places, and fills all things.