Lately, Peanut has taken to hanging out with his Big Brother during lesson time.
He's just happy to quietly sit on General's lap. No talking or playing necessary.
I offered to take Peanut elsewhere so General could concentrate on his math lesson, but he said "No, Mom...he's happy sitting with me. Let him stay, I'll be okay."
I think that translates from boy-speak to mean, "I'm happy he's sitting with me."
A sweet moment in so many ways.
But a special reminder, too.
My family has our share of daily challenges. Little spats and squabbles. Messes, laundry, diapers and dishes. Sometimes I get discouraged. Some days I feel overwhelmed.
Sometimes it's hard to see it, but -
In the middle of it all, beautiful things are happening, too.
Things like this tenderness I see in my older ones for the little ones. Or the closeness and friendship I see between all of my kiddos, when the squabbles are worked through. ;)
I am gratefully reminded of something that many have said to me during the hard days:
"The sacrifices and labor and work
of staying at home
teaching our children
are more than worthwhile
when compared to the rewards they bring."
This is a moment I am treasuring up to ponder.
Have a joy-filled weekend!