As you may know, I started a new adventure this week.  I am officially a full-time stay-at-home mom for the first time ever.  To say I have no idea what I’m doing may be an understatement.  I am having to re-learn how to do life all over again.  This may seem funny to some as my kids are 7 and 9.  No matter their ages, it is still a new skill I am having to learn.

The one thing from this week that stood out more than others was simplicity.  I made things really complicated in the past.  So instead I choose to just go with it this week.  We didn’t have much of a schedule yet as we were still feeling out what was going to work for our family but we had a lot of fun and actually got a lot accomplished this week!  Perhaps I’ve been over complicating life for awhile now.

With this move to simplicity, I’ve noticed a bigger smile on my kids faces.  They have played together really well this week.  We are spending time learning as we go along so they don’t even know they are being taught new things.  I’ve had great conversations with my youngest that have blown my mind!  Who knew he could deduct such amazing things!  I probably would have know that in the past but I was so hurried as I pushed towards the next task that I didn’t take time to really listen.  Now I am able to have a random conversation about anything and keep my focus on what is right in front of me.

(Side note: You should know that my house is not clean, it’s picked up but not clean.  The clothes are about 60% washed, dried, and folded.  The sink full of dishes waiting to be washed.  No perfection here.  It’s all about balance.)

About 2 months ago that’s what God asked me to do.  He wanted me to focus right here, right now and not look to what was to come.  He told me if I took that part-time job I would miss what He has for me right now.  By keeping these things in mind, I’m able to stay PRESENT in today and all that I will encounter.

How can you be present for those around you?  Do you need to put down your agenda?  Put down the phone?  Pick up that game of UNO you’ve played a hundred times just to spend time with your special people?  Light a fire in the fire pit so you can sit around it and tell stories?  What is it you can do today to be present in your life?

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