On Thursday morning I’m speaking at a local MOPS group about getting kids outdoors in nature, enjoying God’s creation.When I awoke this morning, the gloomy skies were dribbling down rain on our already drenched lawn. I wasn’t particularly motivated to work on my talk and stated as much on Facebook.Immediately two friends responded. One pointed me to photos of her daughter playing in the rain; the other urged me to take the kids to the park to roll down hills and get muddy.These are activities I encourage here at the Kroeker house … we generally do not shy away from puddles or mud. And my friend practically quoted from my talk. I myself urge moms to open their minds (and washing machines) and get past their aversion to muck.So, take my friend’s advice, which is also my own.Get the kids some play clothes (garage sales and Goodwill will give you plenty of options).Boots are handy.Umbrellas optional.And then follow my lead. I took my own advice, hopped off my hypocritical duff and invited my own kids to slip into their play clothes and enjoy the rain.As one of my Facebook friends pointed out: if you do this, you get to be the Best Mom in the World.Not a bad title to earn so close to Mother’s Day, eh?