Dominic and I were at Walmart a few weeks ago and saw some Beta fish and he commented that he thought the kids might really like to have one. He said he wanted to bring them over to help pick a fish out so we didn’t do anything that night.
But life gets busy doesn’t it?!
Whether it is work or kids/school commitments, time at church….there are a lot of things that can fill out days around here.
We have been super busy with our business. It is a God-given blessing indeed, and we try not to take it lightly, but at times the weight of all that needs to be done can feel pretty heavy.
Last night it was time to leave the office and I could tell Dominic was so tired but felt like he needed to stay and work. I encouraged him to come home and have dinner and see the kids and then get back at it if he needed to.
He thought that maybe he should take the kids out and go look at a fish.
So while I was making dinner, Dominic took the 3 littles out to Walmart. They were so excited they could hardly stand it!
They came home with 4 fish, because of course they each needed one! 🙂
They washed out old vases I had kept for a time such as this, cleaned up some old river rock we had saved from previous fish habitats and worked to get the water temperature just right and added the chlorine treatment so the water would be safe.
Then they had to wait.
Dominic explained that for the safety of the fish, it was best to wait an hour for the water temperature in the vases and the water temperature in the fish’s current “home” to align…that way when we transferred them over they would have the best chance at survival.
Waiting can be hard so we put in a movie to pass the time. It was Spongebob and it was terrible, but at one point I was sitting on the couch with 3 of my kids and they were all laughing.
It’s the little things, isn’t it?!
Seeing the smiles on their faces when they look at their new fish, hearing their laughter – even if it is at a terrible cartoon character….it was all worth it last night.
In the midst of so much “to-do”, we all needed something like a couple of new fish to remind us what is really important.
The small things can bring such joy can’t they?!
I often forget to look for the things that bring me joy, it isn’t that I am not grateful for our many blessings…but I don’t stop and “smell the roses” enough.
Last night we all did that and it was wonderful.
The kids named their fishes….Turk (short for turquoise) – Gabriel, Circle fish – Elijah and Around – Karlena. 🙂 We will see if these are still the names when the kids get up this morning!
And thankfully, at least today, all of the fish were alive when I got up!
I know life gets tough and sometimes it is hard to find the joy in our circumstances. But I encourage you today to take some time to do something small that helps you find that joy.
Whether it is taking a walk and watching the sunset, or curling up with a good book, or sitting on the couch under a pile of blankets watching a cartoon with the kids.
Take time to find that thing that brings you joy! You will be so blessed when you do.
I am celebrating that which brings us joy today with Holley Gerth and some other wonderful women that are seeking to bring light each Wednesday with Holley’s 2014 Encouragement Challenge. You can join in on the fun here!