August 25, 2016

Anticipated Moments in parenting

I have some long anticipated moments/experiences in parenting.  One of those was baking with my kid/s.  I have to say it was/is pretty awesome (hugely messy) baking with James.  Our first venture was cornbread, and we've branched out since.  Yesterday we made chocolate zucchini bread.  He loves measuring, dumping everything into the bowl, and getting to use the electric beater (with a secret helping hand).  Sometimes life can get so routine, so everyday,that I forget how much I've looked forward to those moments.  I can easily get lulled into a routine that dismisses the magical of the everyday and is blind to opportunity.  Certainly I'm not alone in this, but I've been working on changing that perspective.  So I've been prayerfully working on being intentional in our time together.  Soaking those moments in whatever they may be...making popcorn, family movie nights, walking to the park, morning snuggles. Easier said than done, but this intention has been so helpful for me this week to seize opportunities as they come...sort of intentional parenting or opportunity spotting.

Which lead me to a joy I got to experience with James this week...introducing him to my love of globes, maps, etc.

Oh the possibilities that lay in those flat pieces of paper...the adventures, the beautiful forests and fields, the fascinating people, delicious food...  With so much of our family living in far away places, James is always wanting to visit, so the concept of distance obviously not grasped...he is only 2.9 yrs old.  So this week while sitting on the potty, he asked, "Where is Ohio?"  Normally I would have explained that it was far away, blah blah blah...but in the spirit of being intentional, I asked him to wait, and  sprang groaned to me feet and grabbed the globe out of his room.  We were able to look at the whole world, and find the different places with our family...Montana, Ohio, Alabama, Alaska, Minnesota, Florida, Spain, California, Washington.  He was so excited - hello the thing could spin pretty fast.  He called the US "the little places" (all of the different colored states), and my heart burst basically from getting to share my love of potential with my little love, as James started talking about what Isabel or Auntie Steph or Uncle Paco were doing right then.  That is one moment I've been waiting for.  One experience I've anticipated sharing, and it was pretty awesome.  Of course there is so much to look forward to, but keeping myself grounded in the today is what made this time so special.  

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