Reclaiming Sundays… carefree and clothes free

Sometimes life feels like a runaway train and it takes everything from within to make a stand for slowing things down.

Raising kids is like that.

Regardless of jobs and deadlines and finances and responsibilities, just being a parent seems to propel life into fast forward. With each new milestone, developmental leap, and growth spurt the passing of time is amplified.

And so is the challenge of slowing things down, which is why I’m thrilled to say that our last few Sundays have looked a lot like this:

Sun, grass, a cheap wading pool, a garden hose, tall glasses of ice water, thrown together plates of cheese and cracker snacks, sticky, juicy orange slices, lounge chairs, sunscreen, floppy hats, a well-loved swing set, and sweet, mellow playlists providing the perfect soundtrack to the unfolding joy.

They have been lazy; they have been perfect.

No one straining to finish a project. No one sweating to cross things off the list. No one stressing to get one last errand in before the shops close.

Just resting, refreshing, relishing, enjoying.

But one of the best things about this time–these days–of our lives is this:

Little boys with bare naked bums.

I know if I’m not careful I’ll blink and Levi will be too grown-up to run around the backyard naked without a care in the world.

So for now, we’re savoring these days. Carefree and clothes free.

Life is good.

Dear friends, what are you savoring these days?


This post is part of my Reclaiming Sundays project – an intentional effort to carve out family time every week to rest, refresh, breathe, laugh, relax, enjoy… Please feel free to join me if you’d like.

About Author

Adriel Booker is an author, speaker, and advocate based in Sydney, Australia who believes storytelling, beauty, and the grace of God will change the world. Adriel has become a trusted voice in areas of motherhood and parenting, Christian spirituality, and global women's issues. She's also known for her work with the Love A Mama Collective—serving under-resourced women in developing nations through safe birth initiatives—as well as her years spent as a Bible teacher and leadership coach. Her latest book is Grace Like Scarlett: Grieving with Hope after Miscarriage and Loss and she's made the companion grief journal available for free. Find Adriel across all social media platforms at @adrielbooker or sign up for LoveNotes, Adriel's 'secret posts' that aren't published anywhere else online. ✌️


  • Jessica
    13 April 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Looks like a great way to spend Sundays!

  • Jennie
    13 April 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Those are adorable pictures of Levi – I love his big beautiful eyes! We need more lazy Sundays too – it seems like weekends pass in a whirlwind of chores and errands and plans… can't wait for our weather to catch up with yours!!!

  • Allison Hoffman
    13 April 2011 at 7:59 pm

    beautiful post! what a beautiful way to articulate these thoughts!

  • Carol
    13 April 2011 at 8:26 pm

    So sweet. I need a few Sundays spent just like that. I swoon of nakey buns. We are potty training in my house…I hear "Mommy! I Nakey!" a lot!!

  • Courtney K.
    13 April 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Looks like a perfect way to spend your Sunday afternoons. One thing that I try to remember, is that no matter how busy we are, how much we have to do, our kids DON'T stop growing. They don't hold off on getting older just because we have things to do. Great post!

  • JIll
    14 April 2011 at 1:35 am

    You are so right about before you know it Levi will be to old to run around naked. I have it that with O. It was just the other day that I had to explain to him that he is getting a little old to be running around the back yard with not clothes on. I think he only wanted to do it because Little B was only in a diaper but still he is getting grown up and way to fast. Enjoy it why you can.

  • Kerry McCullough
    14 April 2011 at 1:51 am

    So cute! And I'm definitely wishing I could slow things down. I think we need to instate some lazy Sundays over here 🙂

  • alison
    14 April 2011 at 2:04 am

    we spent today down at the lake….a spur of the moment trip, so no swimsuits for the kids. it wasn't long before ava girl was running around all nude-like. what WASN'T fun was hosing all the sand out of every crevice and fat roll that she has since she thought it would be fun to "slide" down the sand hill 😉 ahhhh…doncha just love spring?!?!

  • Kirsten
    14 April 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Okay, that may have made me just a wee bit weepy. It's been a while since I've read any blogs, and this was a great way to get back in. Loved it!

  • Cat
    14 April 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Cute! Love that bare babe butt sighting 🙂

  • Meg from Megs A Mommy!
    14 April 2011 at 6:46 pm

    I love Baby buns!!


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