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Monday, February 01, 2010

On a Sunday Evening

We have just finished eating a hearty beef stew for dinner.  The girls clear the table while Joel retreats into the bedroom with his computer to study scores.

It's too chilly to read in the living room, so I join him on the bed with my book.

Soon, Sophia has cuddled up next to me with her own book, and I open the flaps with her while we practice counting and naming colors.

Then, Bria and Chloe come, too.  They each have a stack of magazines: The Friend.  Bria finds a comfortable spot on the king-sized bed and begins to devour them.  Chloe manages to squeeze in between Joel and me, and begins to search for the hidden CTR rings, letting out a joyful little yelp each time she discovers one.

Slowly, I begin to forget about the undone dishes in the kitchen, the unfolded laundry sitting next to the bed and the mess of art supplies in the living room.  The stresses of life melt away as I giggle with Sophia, who is trying to count the apples: "One, two, firteen, sisteen, five!" she says.  I turn to help Chloe sound out a big word, and Bria has now taken to finding the CTR rings.  She is looking right at one, but cannot see it until I point it out to her.

Haydn is playing softly from Joel's computer, and we all laugh together.

27 comments :

  1. Sounds like the PERFECT sunday evening!

    (Ains and Sofia should have a count-off. . . it would be a good one!)

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  2. LOVE this! But in our house, I think it would be Barber or Wolf playing on the computer. :)

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  3. I love Sundays or any other days that are like that!!

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  4. You don't get many of these. And you're so wise to have appreciated it for the moment of grace it was.

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  5. What a great image! So cozy.

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  6. I used to think life with children turned all women into exhausted, cranky, brain-dead hags. (A little harsh, maybe, but that's what I thought.)

    It's moments like the one you just described that proved me so very very wrong. Sure, we're tired and sometimes cranky, but I bet you wouldn't trade last night for anything in the world.

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  7. That is a tender mercy moment.

    I love those. :)

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  8. Now that is what it is all about!

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  9. What a lovely evening. The best kind. Everyone snuggled up together, laughter abounding. =] Beautifully written, Lara.

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  10. It's all about that--about living in the moment. That's the stuff life is made of.

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  11. Fantastic post- thanks for letting us peek in the windows of your life tonight.

    We had a little moment like that tonight too- pure bliss. And it was much needed, because I was about ready to throw all three of the heathens out the window.

    Thanks for remindig me about what's important.

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  12. Any moment when I can forget the mess in another room is euphoric, but that is especially sweet.

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  13. What a special moment in time that you all will remember for a lifetime and longer. It's these kind of moments that you will take with you when you go. What a perfect Sunday!

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  14. What a sweet snapshot of an evening spent together.
    Lara, you have defined "heaven on earth."

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  15. ~~ families can be together forever ~~

    Kristin

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  16. Sounds like a perfect night to me. I love just hanging out with the kids and allowing them to see me relax and enjoy them. It is so important.

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  17. Remember this primary song?

    "Where love is, there God is also..."

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  18. What a lovely scenario! And those dishes will still be there later.

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  19. This sounds like the most perfect of days.

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