June 25, 2011
And today I am rejoicing for...
God's unending mercy
happy and healthy kids
a sweet and loving husband
a home with air conditioning in the summer and heat in the winter
a washer and dryer
phones and computers
June 01, 2011
Alegra is nearing 9 months. I cannot believe how quickly the time has gone by and now I am here thinking about where and how we might celebrate her first birthday. Amazing! But after experiencing this rapid rate of growth and maturity watching my oldest grow up to a young boy, I am much more appreciative of the whiny and needy days. I am more patient when she is teething and fussy, or not napping well or just wants to be held. I stare at her more than I did with Matthew when I am rocking her. I enjoy watching her discover a new toy and explore the tastes of everything that I allow her to play with. Time just breezes by and will not pause for a second when we think it should. Troubled times, sickness, "busyness"; none of it matters much to time...it just keeps streaming by. And so I try to really savor each moment that God gives me with my children.
Enjoying each moment with my children is something I sometimes have to work at. There are days when I would rather complain that I am tired and don't feel like being "mommy" today. But those moments quickly pass when I remember that one day I will look back and realize that these are some of the best years I will experience with my kids. They still want to cuddle and kiss, they are learning rapidly day by day and I get to teach them and spend the time with them and thoroughly be available to discover new things. This time is a gift and I should take advantage of these moments. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a break as much as the next person, but after refuelling (which usually includes a prayer time) I am typically ready to continue our adventures.
Psalm 127:3 says "Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him".
How easy it is to forget this when we are tired and perhaps dealing with a fussy child all day. It is so easy to become frustrated and "fussy" ourselves. That is when I usually ask myself, "what good will come of me being fussy? Will that change my child's attitude for the better?" No! It will only make his or her attitude worse. I find that recharging, praying, and thanking God for these children will change my attitude, help me to get a little more creative, and ultimately manage to find a way to get through to my fussy babe. And then, a smile, a giggle, and we are at peace once more.
Enjoy today, we will never get today back again :)
Peace and Joy,
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