This morning as I fixed Al's hair, ironed Blake's clothes, and changed Ash's diaper I suddenly realized that I was surrounded. Not by soldiers, the enemy, or an attack, but by the very things that bring me the most joy in my life. I am surrounded by:
My eleven year old's arms when he walks by and gives me a hug.
My nine year old's smile as she looks at me sitting across from her at the hair salon.
My sweet Ashley Kate's gaze as I tiptoe into the room to find that she has been awake and waiting on me to arrive.
My husband's fingers as he grabs hold of my hand to sleep.
My community of friend's who have welcomed us home.
My prayer warriors thanksgivings that have gone up to the throne of grace.
My beloved pine trees that line the streets of our home town.
My favorite flowers that have now opened up along the roadways to welcome the spring.
My everyday responsibilities that make up my life that I have had to let go of over the last six months. They are back and I am enjoying them all! Things like picking up toys, folding laundry, signing homework, studying spelling lists, running errands, and the like.
My Father's love.
I am so grateful to have found myself surrounded this morning. The house is quiet as Ashley naps and the family has gone off to church. I am now sitting here enjoying the realization that He has allowed me to become surrounded with all that He has for me and I welcome the feeling of knowing that there is no way out. What an amazing, incredible, wonderful life I have been given. Thank you Father for surrounding me !