Last Friday was quite a day! I love Fridays! And I just love days, in general. So, I was pretty happy to be sitting peacefully on my recliner with my cup of coffee while Beckett ate his Toaster Strudel and Chase walked around the kitchen grumbling that he didn't know what to eat. It was nice. Occasionally, Beckett is a chatterbox while he eats. Occasionally. :) And he sometimes holds his toaster strudel flat on his palm while he moves it about and chatters. And you know what is coming, right? Do you see the photo below? That dirty, food-crusted beard attached to that whack-a-doo laying there on my area rug? The rug that this beast thinks is his napkin. Well, you guessed it. Maverick snatched himself yet another Toaster Strudel from Beckett. And doesn't he just look guilty? I swear he has a little grin, "like, yeaaaa, i did it".
And after he smirks at me...he proceeds to lick his chops and wipe his gross beard all over my rug. So.....he was not on my "let mama give you a rub-down" list for that day.
So, there I was.....sitting on my recliner that thankfully no one had peed on that day. Yet. I was taking a few deep breaths over the Toaster Strudle-Doodle incident and attempting to read my She Reads Truth bible app. And then it happened. A flying 40 lb someone (who will remain unnamed) came barreling off of the ottoman onto my lap. I had this crazy delusion that I could sit down peacefully, drink a cup of coffee and feed my soul with a little word of God while two little boys played near me.
What was I thinking? And then boom! A flying 40lb sack of personality, cuteness and spunkiness came like a flying squirrel onto my body. With no notice. No forwarning. No, "mom.....are you ready? i'm going to jump with all my might straight at your face....is that ok, mom?" Nope, none of that. Just me being hit by a 40lb sack of human. And there went my brand new iphone 5s into my cup of coffee!
And this is the face, that I text my husband. The one, who when I got it said brand new iphone last week, was completely obsessed that I get a massive, waterproof, shatterproof, everything proof case. IMMEDIATELY! And I said....."oh honey, TRUST ME....i will get one......but in the meantime, I will do some research on the best case...and just TRUST ME...nothing will happen in the meantime." And so....I ate my words, Maverick ate the Toaster Strudel and my brand spanking new iphone 5s (almost) bit the dust.
Into a bag of rice and silica packets it went for the rest of the day. And I hoped and prayed for the best.
Now let's move on for a moment to a GREAT idea I have for your family!!!!! So, I know many of you are like us. We want to teach our kids about many things, but we want to emphasize community and serving others. We have struggled with this in the past. It's hard! It's hard with little kids. As tired parents, we are serving three little kids, 24/7 the way it is. How doe we find time and energy to drag them out and teach them to serve?
Well, maybe if we knew some of the benefits to us and our children, we would be more motivated. Here are just a few of the benefits of serving or giving, according to a lot of scientific research.
1. Studies have shown that people who practice kindness and help others see an increase in their own happiness. One of the reasons for this is feeling more connected to other people, which science shows is key to feeling good about your life.
2. Research has shown that spending money on others makes us happier than spending money on ourselves and doing small acts of kindness increases life satisfaction.
3. How volunteering can lessen your depression and extend your life.
4. And for our family, our main driving force for serving, is following after Jesus. Jesus gave us the ultimate display of putting others first. He told us to do the same. We can't teach the gospel to our boys without the action that brings the gospel to life.
These are just a FEW of the reasons to consider. There are more.
What I do know, is when we have done service work in the past, we reap rewards individually and as a family that I could go on for days about! Our hearts burst open with joy and pride and so much more when we give and serve. It's probably one of the best life-skills you can impart onto your children. That being said, I have found that it's hard to find a place to serve with kids. Especially little kids. They tend to make it complicated. But they also make it cute! And the smiles we get from the people who are on the receiving end, when our kids are involved....it's something that can't be described, other than by the heart. You know when your heart knows.