This post is sponsored by fairlife ultra-filtered milk. I got to visit their flagship farm in Indiana, see my trip on this post.
I was reading a story yesterday about a man who had just come home from a business trip. He only had 4 hours before he had to go back to work for a meeting so wanting to help his wife who was on her own during his trip, he started fixing the washing machine that was broken. His wife came out and told him, “Richard, go play with the children.” He told her that it was okay, that he needed to fix the washing machine first. His wife then said to him again, this time more firmly, “Richard, please go play with the children.” So he listened to his wife(smart man!) and went and played with the kids instead. They ran around, chased each other and rolled around the leaves. That night at 4 a.m, he was woken up by two little arms around his neck and a whisper in his ear, “Daddy, you are my best friend.” He went on to say that if you are having that kind of experience in your family, you are having one of the supernal joys of life.
This story has touched me deeply and it made me cry! I haven’t been the best at playing with my kids the past week, I found myself getting bored easily and wanting to do things I enjoy more such as reading a book. Twice this past week I fixed the kids an early dinner and told them that mommy was going to go in my room to eat quietly, uninterrupted so no one was to bother me until I came out of the room. I have been a little sick as well, but sick or not, I don’t feel guilty that I excused myself for some quiet time for myself(I believe a good mother makes sure to do things in the day to make sure she doesn’t get burnt out), but I realized I have been taking my kids’ love for me for granted. They love me so much and my son especially wants nothing more than to spend his every waking moment with me, right by my side. A few weeks ago I ignored the piles of laundry and just played with him, we didn’t go anywhere and just stayed inside the house but at the end of the day, he exclaimed to me, “This is the best life! It’s the best day ever!”
*these photos were taken last Summer but remember the whole drama with Mode Media? So this post had been pushed back to now.
According to Richard, I am experiencing the supernal joys of life! Do I realize that? Do I appreciate my life as a mother to the point that I feel those moments are the supernal joys of life? Or do I take those moments for granted and don’t realize how beautiful, sacred and precious it is? I thought about it and seeing my kids laugh out of pure joy, right next to me, safe in my distance, them wanting nothing else but to spend every moment with me, I can’t think of anything greater. I can’t think of anything else that is more beautiful and sacred. I made a promise to myself that I will not take these moments for granted. I promised myself that I will happily, gratefully play with my children and enjoy every second of it.
Now that my two older kids started school and are gone all day, it is just me and my son. We have weekly tea parties with all 3 of my children but last week I told my son that I would throw a special tea party, just me and him. He was so excited and kept asking me, “Is it time for our tea party yet?” So when it was time and I told him, he was jumping and screaming with joy. This is the supernal joy of my life. I love him so much.
I served fairlife ultra-filtered milk for our tea which has 50% more protein(13 grams), 30% more calcium, and half the sugar of ordinary milk. fairlife comes from family owned farms where the animals and the environment are their top priorities, I just love companies like this! I believe our earth is a living thing and believe very strongly that we need to treat it with kindness and respect. They add no protein powders or synthetic junk and it’s friendly to lactose intolerants since fairlife filters out most of the lactose.
You should also try their ultra-filtered chocolate milk, my husband bought it and brought it home a few months ago because he said it looked and sounded really good(no doubt he went grocery shopping while hungry!) and we all loved it! My husband said this was his favorite chocolate milk he’s had, which anytime he says something like that, my mouth drops because he NEVER says things like that and gives out compliments very very rarely. So that’s saying something!
fairlife’s farm families promise the highest quality milk, environmentally sustainable farming practices, and superior animal care. fairlife is ultra-filtered for more natural protein and calcium compared to regular milk. Learn more at fairlife.com