I adore... Seriously ADORE, the many priceless, sweet little things my boys have said over the years that have just melted my heart in only the way a mother's heart can be by her child.
One stunning Sydney day we took our 3 young princes on a bush walk. Trotting along I was the nominated mule, carrying lunches & drink bottles as my husband & boys turned over fallen logs in search of something dangerous (much to my fear) or exciting to catch... Secretly checking my phone's reception in case of an emergency, I sighed inwardly, wondering how long it would take for us to walk the short distance to our picnic spot. At this pace, stopping every 10 or so meters it was going to become a picnic dinner rather than lunch!
I was feeling rather unadventurous that particular day & to be honest feeling a little despondent as I pondered how I was spending my Saturday morning. Suddenly, as if sent a kiss from heaven, Bailey came walking along side me and proclaimed "mummy, if a snake comes out on the path I want it to bite me not you, I'll stand in it's way so that you are safe". I was almost speechless. My adorable 6 year old had stolen my heart yet again.
I wouldn't have traded that moment for anything, not for a manicure, not for a quite morning shopping alone, not for morning tea out with a friend, not for a sleep in, not for anything!
It reminded me again, that every moment is a gift & that we should choose to engage & be present.
Psalm 4:6-8 MSG says: Why is everyone hungry for more? "More, more," they say. "More, more." I have God's more-than-enough, More joy in one ordinary day Than they get in all their shopping sprees. At day's end I'm ready for sound sleep, For you, God, have put my life back together.
From this I also drew a deeper understanding of the innate desire boys & men have to explore & seek danger. They are created to be the protector, and in moments of danger it highlights to them that which they hold precious & wish to protect... And I'm so thankful that my amazing young boys, feel that way about me.