I think I'll always remember their faces when I told them they could go play in what the locals would call a "gully washer." =)
Watching them have a blast in the rain was totally worth the wet clothes and muddy boots.
I've learned it's okay to say "yes."
It usually means more messes and more time spent cleaning than in the activity itself.
But this is what means the most to them.
They told me that night that it was the funnest day they had ever had.
It didn't cost anything...didn't even take any planning.
Just a mommy willing to hose off some muddy children and do an extra load of laundry.
And I really, really struggle to be that kind of mom.
It's WAY too easy to just blurt out "No" all of the time, even when I could easily say "Yes!"
Sadly, "No....no...NO!" can easily become the soundtrack of our home.
I'm not talking about overindulging our children or giving them everything they want.
But it's okay to open doors of opportunity and enrichment for them with an enthusiastic, "Sure!"
Leaving the "No's" for sinful things instead of finger paint will be far more effective in rearing joyful children.
Go head mom's, add some sunshine to their rainy days through that unexpected "Yes!"
Do ya'll fight the saying "no" syndrome like me? Please tell me I'm not the only one! =)
Linking up to:Project 52 w/ Kent Weakley, and Imparting Grace