Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Joy of Children

Yesterday we had Sierra's birthday party. She turns eight on Tuesday, so yesterday we had a gaggle of girls and a couple of boys join us at the ice skating rink for skating, pizza, and cake. There were some that had never skated before and a few who were great out there.

And there was Scarlett. Scarlett is our little daredevil. As I was helping a couple of girls get there skates on I look around and asked where Scarlett was. Jennifer responded by saying she was out on the ice, and sure enough she had taken off on her own and was three-quarters of the way around the rink holding onto the side. She just wanted to go, and so she did.

I love watching her enthusiasm, her drive to get out and try new things. This was her second time ever on skates and she was making the most of it.

After the pizza, cake, and gifts, we went back down and skated some more. Again, Scarlett took off, but this time she didn't stay on the wall. As you can see in the picture about, she wanted to be free.

The day ended with a movie at church that Sierra and I watched. She was worn out, so she curled up on the pew, leaned over and whispered, "I love you Dad." What an amazing way to end the day.

There are many times in life when things seem to be filled with struggles and trials, and then there are times like yesterday when kids do these little things - skate on their own, smile and laugh, cuddle up and say that they love you - that all of the trials blow away. It is these moments that hold onto me and remind me of the many blessings I have been given.

May you be blessed with some joy today.

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