I was on a cleaning rampage yesterday afternoon, and then I saw it. . .
. . . someone had set up house before me.
In the under-oven drawer, in a 6 cup muffin tin, a little mouse, presumably clothed in an apron, feather duster in hand, had created an abode of her own. I laid eyes on a neatly kept home: kitchen, bathroom, bedroom.
After running out for mouse traps (for, while I find the whole thing cute, I still don't want to share my kitchen with cute mice in aprons), I set to work cleaning. And, not one mouse, but two scattered; and I screamed. . . and we all took to the counters while the cat avoided the kitchen and we waited for Daddy to come home and save us.
But I realized, while sitting on my kitchen counter, waiting and watching, that there are small joys even in these little moments of chaos. . . and the every-day moments of chaos as well. . . that's where they're best found, actually. . . His gifts:
* The neatness and storybook-esqueness of a mouse house in a muffin tin.
* The shared panic after seeing a couple mice scurry around the kitchen.
* The personality of animals - not only does God take the time to create each person with a unique personality. . . He creates each animal with a unique personality as well.
* A quiet meal out.
* Kids running through a sprinkler.
* Lilies growing wild.
*Old keys, old paper, old handwriting.
* 8yo reading.
* Crying that makes 3yo's eyes look green.
* An evening alone.
* Cold dew on bare feet.
* A family doctor who's also a family friend.
* Chalk drawings on black top
* A pool, only just big enough. . . and cool enough.
* Lightening storm at night.
*A good rain for the garden.
* A good movie with the kids.
* A good, fun homemade meal.
* Late-night tdip in a cool pool after a hot, sticky day.
* Fireflies dancing in the corn fields.
* Early morning helping husband.
* Late-night sweaty 3yo, arms wrapped around my neck.
* Butter pecan ice cream.
* Pretty book from the library.
* Exhortation to down-grade the to-do lists and upgrade His Word.
* 3yo falling back to sleep.
* Miss Marple.
* Turn in affidavit - check.
* A husband who can answer the tough questions.
* Sweet, wild black raspberries.
* Clover-scented breeze.
* Itty-bitty baby watermelon just showing in my garden.
* First poppy blooms.
* Small bumblebees and butterflies.
* Boys, sticks, rocks and railroad tracks.
* Free apples.
* 5yo so excited to finally have his own library card and Summer Reading GO booklet.
* Our own cilantro at dinner.
* A generous husband who wants to help others. . . even when he sorta doesn't want to at all.