Do you ever wake up and wonder what happened to the life you always imagined? Maybe the one you are living is much better than you ever dreamed. Maybe not. Mine? It's just....different. :)
Here's what I mean.
I spent the last day of summer before school started last week, fishing. I never imagined that I would plan fishing trips with my kids, but that's part of the deal when you have all boys. I know there are plenty of girls who LOVE to fish, but I'm not one of them. Going fishing is a very tangible picture of my love for my husband and my sons.
My friend Jenny Sulpizio is a mom who understands that our ideas of the perfect family, life, and role as a mom can either derail us or make us thrive. I wrote a guest post for her on her blog about our fishing trip last week and how my ideals of being a girl mom someday had to fade so that I could be the boy mom that God made me to be.
I hope you will go over and read it! It's one of my favorite posts that I have written this year!
Meanwhile, here are some fun pictures from our escapade to the lake!
Daddy teaching the boys how to hook a worm. Ugh. They loved it, of course.
Oakley leans in close while I stayed as far away as possible. I actually enjoy the fishing part, but I can't handle the baiting. These dudes are all boy, as they should be!
Guy is in his element here, showing the boys how to hold the pole and cast the line. He is amazingly patient with them, never loses his cool, and is up for anything. I was single much longer than I wanted to be, and everyone told me there were a lot of fish in the sea, but I'm so glad I landed him!
Oliver, age 7. He was a pro.
Quinn, age 4. He was in his element.
Oakley, age 3. He didn't love the sun in his eyes but other than that, he was all for it. He is so mature for his age that I can't believe he is only just turned 3 this month.
Fishing was fun, but Oakley spent the majority of his time climbing under the pier and throwing rocks at the squirrels who kept trying to steal our lunch. :)
I may as well admit here that I probably spoil this kid. Can you blame me?
It turns out that the fish weren't biting much that day. Quinn enjoyed every moment, none-the-less. He is my joy boy. I don't know anyone who is more exuberant about life. He is a gift.
Ta Da!!! God was good to give us one small fish for Ollie. He caught a fish 2 years ago on a quick trip with his Grandpa so this was his second catch! Never mind the size. It's a fish!!!!
There are more pictures of me with the boys on instagram! Check them out too! It ended up being a perfect day-which doesn't mean everything ran smoothly, tears weren't shed, tons of fish were caught, and the shade lingered. It just means that I cherished what God has given me, and we counted our many blessings. God has a way of multiplying those too.
Don't forget to read my post,"Fishing For Perfection" over at Jenny's blog today! :)
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