I love it when mine includes the dishwasher and washing machine and dryer, the sounds of productivity and things being washed new. I also love that sometimes the stars align (yes, in the middle of the day!) to offer me a few minutes of complete silence in my home. But more often than not, I am dancing through life to the tune of giggles and "why's" and pleas for more juice and whining and wrestling match grunts and sneezes and little thoughts that make their way out of little mouths that make me stop and wonder at how such wisdom can be spoken from the smallest of people.
If I'm not careful, I tune out these sounds and move about my day without an awareness that I am living in His presence, amidst His glory, right here in my home where the dishes pile up and the toy bin is emptied and strewn across the family room (again). I have never taken for granted that I am able to stay home with our children. What I often miss is the opportunity to embrace life as it is with 3 small children. There will be plenty of time to enjoy a perfectly clean home, quieter days, and the absence of a monitor or babe on my hip and spit up on my shoulder.
Today is not that day. And I am thankful.
He weaves His purposes through my life and our family and this home, regardless of the chaos or sickness or demands or disappointments, and it is the most profound arrangement that only He could compose. Today I will listen.