Here's a sampling.
Blue striped children.
Puzzling. This usually requires moderating about two "please help me, Mommy" sessions a minute.
Fingerpainting. Prep time: 5 minutes. Painting time: 15 minutes. Cleanup time (including bath): 30 minutes.
But that smile makes all the time worth it!
Homemade donut consuming.
Moments with baby after the other children are sleeping.
Spilled sprinkle clean-up.
I take deep breaths. I moderate fights. I pray. I teach little people how to clean up, go potty, get dressed. I change diapers, read stories, tuck in. Memorize scripture. Panic over messes. Tell myself it isn't a crisis. Cook dinner. Explode the kitchen by allowing little hands to "help." Fold two dozen burp rags. Stain treat the pooped on onesie. Again. Try, and fail, and try again to be Christ to my children.
Nurture little souls. My little loves.
And I wouldn't trade it for the world.