{the rhythm of our days, part 14} evenings and bedtime//
Connection and reaching hearts. I can get caught up in all I want my kids to learn and do, and God continually brings my focus back to this. He’s growing my awareness in being present, available, and paying attention to their hearts. .
A couple mornings ago I noticed a heaviness on Gavin at breakfast. When I asked he shared with me that he was overwhelmed with his dual credit studies load after being sick. When everyone was in their rooms for God Time I grabbed a favorite treat and drink of his, and snuck in his room with him. We talked and I prayed peace and focus over him. I learned the importance of this from @sally.clarkson years ago. Devoting even just 10 minutes alone with them to regularly listen and love on them reminds them they’re not alone and that we are for them. Gavin’s demeanor lightened even before I left the room and I wondered how often I had missed those times because I was distracted with my own busyness. Later that day Gavin asked me to pray over him again just before he went online to take a test. And I realized a million bucks couldn’t have made me happier than that moment. .
Though reaching hearts is my aim all day, the evenings are particularly set aside for family connection. Apart from midweek services (Gavin plays guitar and middle kids are in AWANA) and opening our home up to friends often on Saturdays, our evenings are spent together at home. We gather long around the table, play out til dark, read aloud, work through issues between kids, and have weekly movie nights. Dan reads to Willow and puts her to bed around 8. By 9 we pray with the others, and tuck Quinn and Ellie in. Then while I’m getting ready for bed Dan catches up with Gavin. .
Ann Voskamp once said, “Evenings at home bring peace.” I believe it’s true. .
Photos 1-9 by the incredible @denisgostev.photography and the last photo is a scene I caught on my way back to the house Tuesday. Spring evenings draw us outside and that evening we stayed out sharing stories until the stars hung over us. ✨ #mcintoshdailyrhythm

On the Horizon

Loves to play hide and seek 👻 “boo” he says as he jumped out from behind the tree 🌲❤️

A successful night out celebrating Mark's birthday but I have a feeling his head is going to be very sore, when he finally wakes up.
Becoming a parent has definitely made us a lot less wild, but we still enjoy a raucous night every now and again, and last night was one of those, more so for Mark than for me.

Those eyelashes 😍 He doesn’t get them from me! 🤷🏻‍♀️

So excited to meet her little brother for the first time! It was like she was opening a present 💝 What a special moment to be a part of 😍

My boys and me on a #throwback date to Watching Circus 1903! It’s been a while since we to @marinabaysands for a show, though we left early, it was a great experience for baby @christianyuheng as he enjoyed the show better than @noahmengde nowadays, attentively and silently watching the acts and moves on stage. Proud of you, my mini me 😘 #thetinselrack #rubyootd #fufashoes_ruby

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