It’s Monday, and honestly this is the beginning of full summer break for my family. All of my tiny huamns are home all day, every day, with no camps for the next SEVERAL weeks!!!! Panic can overtake a mother when you realize you have no plan for tiny humans and in a few short hours they will invade your room and want to know what you’re going to do with them EVERY SECOND of the day!
As I sat and pondered how I would handle all the mayhem that my normal Monday’s hold, I decided to go rogue. Cheat Monday if you will.
Rather than allow Monday to make the mayhem, I would bring the mayhem to Monday!
Totally spur of the moment, I loaded my tiny humans in the car, along with a niece and nephew and fun sister in law, and drove up to a water park for the day.
No plan. No schedule. No agenda. Just fun.
Sunshine. Sunscreen. Smiles. Screaming on slides.
We did it all and we had a blast. My tiny humans went to bed by 7:30 tonight. WORN OUT EXHAUSTED.
I’m not far behind them, but as I sat in my writing chair and caught up on some scriptures and prayed over some people on my prayer board, I thought about what a gift it is to be able to “make the most of every opportunity.”
My pastor preached on this verse in Ephesians several years ago, and the message struck a chord in my heart.
Making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:16
It’s so true right now. Scripture never ceases to be timeless and timely. I turn on the news and there is story after story of scandal, murder, protest, riots, and hate. The day in and day out of life can wear a soul down, and yet my heart’s cry is to lift up. So today, we left caution to the wind and made the most of the opportunity. We had passes we hadn’t used, a tank of gas in the car, free lunch coupons and no reason not to go.
Honestly, the most beautiful part of my “opportunity” was being “un-plugged” from everyone else around me except for the 6 people I planned to share the day with. No phones, so selfies, no filtered images to show you highlights of the day. I left it all tucked away and locked up in the car, so I could just be present with my people. Whether my cell phone snapped the image or not, the memories of the day are seared into my heart. Little boys who smiled and screamed and swam away the day in happiness.
Like a faithful friend, Monday still brought it’s fair share of mayhem. It always does. (One day I’ll have to share the story of a tiny human peeing in line on top of someone!) But rather than wreck the day, having a mindset and heart attitude of “making the most” of the opportunity allowed me to enjoy every moment for the gift in front of me.
One more load of laundry and it’s time for bed. What opportunity can you make the most of tomorrow my friend?