This Sunday, after I put the girls down for their nap, I came into the kitchen and paused to notice it was really quiet (which usually means someone(s) is/are up to something). I went downstairs to find the rest of the kids but they weren’t around. I found my husband and he pointed out back. There they were, the four older kids, skating on the pond in our backyard with the neighbor kids. A year ago that wouldn’t have been possible. I or my husband would have had to been out there to keep the peace but this year, or at least this 45 minute period of time, was different. What an encouragement.