6:45am // I see Dylan up early and joining me for a snuggle in my bed. A little snapchat filter for a morning laugh. I am grateful that he still enjoys snuggling in bed with me.
7:15am // I see me cutting up fruit, always lots of fruit in the house. I see my college alumni sweatshirt that is over 15 years old and still super cozy. Initially I wasn’t proud of going to a local university that wasn’t anything fancy. Now I am proud to say I graduated college, I was the first in my family to do so and I did it in 4 years.
7:25am // I see my youngest curled up in his footie pjs still asleep. He always kicks off the covers. I am glad he chose the footie pjs last night otherwise I get to cuddle with cold feet in the morning.
8am // I see an opportunity to draw with Dylan, his preferred activity to wake up to. I school mornings, I usually am emptying the dishwasher, making breakfast and getting them dressed and don’t have time to sit down to create with him. This morning is a day off and I am grateful to have the chance to embrace this creative start to the day.
8:36am // I see a healthier, more intentional breakfast now that I am counting points on weight watchers. The point system is simpler than anything I have ever tried and has helped keep me accountable for the food choices I make. When I eliminated gluten and dairy, I noticed a lot less bloating and surprisingly less arthritic aches in my knees and back. I am currently experimenting with gluten free waffles and pancakes. This one is made with powdered peanut butter, smashed banana, an egg and a sprinkle of coconut flour. Not bad.
9:10am // I see two brothers who are obsessed with candy! Their Easter baskets did not disappoint and this morning they are trading and sorting their candy.
11:15am // I see a kiddo who likes to play and jump and run all around Chuck E Cheese.
12:45pm // I see three little cousins who have always played great together. In the middle, I see my niece Jaidyn and my heart is filled with sadness as I remember my brother and that he won’t get to see her growing up. She is an incredible little girl – smart, kind and strong – I know he would be so proud of her. I soak up the time I get to spend with her.
1:12pm // I see my best attempt as a healthy lunch at Chuck E Cheese.
4:12pm // I see a little guy who wanted to paint a craft from his Easter basket as brother and daddy headed off to baseball practice. He knows I don’t want paint on his shirt so he took it off on his own before he started.
6:12pm // I see feet that are almost always covered because they get cold easy. And as I looked through the lens to take this photo, I thought “well here is a photo of the everyday boring stuff” and then I realized I have complete control over my attitude. I took a deep breath and expressed internal gratitude for this chore which means I have a solid foundation under my feet both literally and figuratively. I have floors inside a home and Jesus in my heart, both that keep me safe and grounded in my world.
10:11pm // I see a mama that needs to turn out the light and go to bed but someone who loves to read and is really interested in this book. I am proud of myself for putting down my social media filled phone and reaching for the ink and paper of a written story instead.