Naps were short today. Usually I can count on Tobin sleeping for at least a couple of hours, if not longer, and Brooklyn will generally play quietly in her room for about that long, but today neither of them was having it. So after an hour I called it quits and packed everyone into the car to go hunt down some peace, since our supply had run low.
I got Brooklyn a lime slush at Sonic (strange 3 year old that she is, she likes limes, and I like that it's made out of actual fruit and isn't dyed an unnatural color) and I cashed in a free drink at Starbucks, and we all drove to the best (and also furthest away) garden center to do some scouting.
We've been to Good Earth for food truck rallies, but I hadn't ever been further than their parking lot, so we weren't quite prepared for the wonderland that met us. For one thing, they have a monkey (or is it a marmoset?). Like, a real one. They have terrariums and plants to put in them and ceramic mushrooms that bring joy to my fairy heart. There are greenhouses and gardens and plants and pots and helpful people who don't mind answering ignorant questions.
Somewhere between finding the same kind of hostas that are in our front landscaping and reading the label to confirm my suspicion that they're in entirely the wrong place, and stopping to stare at the koi who were as big as Tobin, we all found that peace I was looking for. I'm a maker by nature - writing and crafting, and deriving all kinds of delight from those sorts of things. But the things I create are only a reflection of the Creator Himself - just like the calm those activities give me is only possible if it's founded in His peace. I may be inspired by tiny new "elephant ears" or lavish hanging baskets, but only He could make such a thing to begin with.
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