A couple of weeks ago, I was watching a friend's kids for the day and the rain was coming down.
After an hour or so, things were rather quickly spinning out of control.
Squabbles were breaking out left and right and noise and chaos reigned supreme.
Praying for strength, I had a flash of what could only be called inspiration.
I pulled out the art supplies, grabbed a bunch of old moving boxes from the attic, and told each of the kids to make their own vehicle.
Soon paper scraps, glue, staples, and markers were spread throughout the house and each child was busily working to create. Seeing their minds at work made my heart sing! Each one imagined different elements for their vehicle. We had paper plate wheels on one, a cardboard trunk on another, and a steering joystick on yet another.
At last, the creations were complete. The kids dove into the costumes and pulled out the walkie-talkies and soon a happy, imaginative game had begun.
The kids were occupied and happy for hours.
It was the perfect rainy-day activity.
It is amazing to see what happens when I seek inspiration in the daily frustrations I have as a mother.