11.5.20

Quarantine Diaries, Mother's Day edition

For mother's day this year, I was gifted a picture of dinosaurs with tiny red hearts drawn on them, a grasshopper, a millipede, and a daddy long-legs.  Isn't motherhood beautiful?

My children are apparently so lonely that they have taken to pouncing on any living creature that they find.  We have a stack of containers sitting on our kitchen table right now.  Here are some of the occupants who have rotated through our home in the past few weeks: bees, wasps, ladybirds, grasshoppers, ants of all kinds, moths, butterflies, praying mantises (one died and donated his body to science and the six-year-old kind of research), slugs, beetles, and millipedes.  I'm sure I'm forgetting something.  Notable occurrences also include having dinner with a snake on the table (Reuben caught the snake in the parking lot.  It was contained, of course), finding a cricket in Jesse's pile of diapers, and opening a container left in the sink to wash and a spider jumping out.  This life is not for the faint of heart, folks.  But the truth is, as we pass 55+ days of quarantine, these little critters have done a big deed in helping to save our sanity.  Not being able to go out has led us to look more closely at the things around us, right at our feet...and on our walls.  And there are a lot of little (and not so little) things in Malaysia.



Elizabeth Spencer said, "Nothing is too small to be noticed, and once noticed, there is nothing that can't be extraordinary."  This is one of the things that my kids have taught me...God’s beautiful design and his gracious care for us in the little, unexpected things.  Never lose the wonder, fellow moms.  Happy Mother’s Day!
© Reuben + ErinMaira Gall