Find Your Joy

The last couple of weeks have been very busy at our house. I have mountains of laundry sitting, waiting to be washed and so many things to clean and papers to go through. Between working on the bed and helping to care for my grandfather, who is making a fabulous recovery, I've been away from home a lot more than usual, and we've all been feeling the change in routine. My toddler especially is cranky when mom is away too much, and Chris has been taking on most of the childcare while I'm busy doing other things in this season.

In other words, we have all been feeling the need for an escape from the burdens of life.

On a whim, and to give Chris a much needed day to himself, I packed up my girls (and piles of stuff), and we headed to the coast where my parents were installing a washer and dryer in my aunt and uncle's beach house.

The sun was shining, and the breeze was blowing, and my heart felt so full watching my sweet little girls run, giggling, toward the water. We are blessed to have a quiet little inlet of seawater near the beach house where we can go play without all the danger of the surf. We traipsed through the warm water and filled our bucket and got covered in sand.

It was a beautiful day.

People often wonder how we manage to live in such cramped quarters with four people, and days like yesterday are my answer. Whether it's a day away from the stress of everyday life or a quiet afternoon to rest alone, you find the space you need to breath and relax and find your joy all over again.