|Golden Sun, Setting Through a Snow Storm|
On Sunday evening, Bryson, the kids and I got in the car to drive to my in-laws’ home for a family dinner. It had been snowing and the skies were clouded over, obscuring the mountains, even. When we rounded the bend, however, we were treated to a magnificent sight. Through the snow storm the golden sun was setting, creating a gilded haze that seemed to embrace the entire valley below.
Had we not changed our direction, we would have completely missed this glorious display of natural beauty.
Fast forward to this morning.
Short version of the story: It did not go well.
Frazzled and stressed out, I felt like a complete failure as I lost my temper with some of my kids who apparently forgot to put their ears on when they got out of bed. Then– because I like to walk on the wild side– I made a grocery run with the twins and baby after dropping the older two off at school. Needless to say, by the time I was strapping them back in the car to head homeward I was in need of a time out myself. Silently, I pleaded for a little more patience. A little more grace.
In the meantime, Dani was not pleased with the way I was buckling her in and started howling at me relentlessly.
I sighed and looked at her.
I began sternly. I wasn’t sure where I was going with this.
And then I paused and took a deep breath.
…are my sunshine, my only sunshine.
I was singing? Where did this come from?
You make me happy when skies are grey.
And then Logan joined in with me with his sweet little two-year-old warble.
You’ll never know dear, how much I love you.
Please don’t take my sunshine away.
Dani stopped screaming, and retreated into simply giving me the stink eye. Logan grinned at me from ear to ear. I just shook my head and chuckled to myself, my mood completely changed.
When you’re a parent, there are lots of stormy days to navigate through. Sometimes it seems so bleak and clouded over that you might not even be quite sure what lies ahead.
Today I learned that in those moments sometimes the best thing to do is to stop and turn around. You never know what hidden joy you just might find.