Monday, May 16, 2011

THIS is the Day!

"This is the day which the Lord hath made, we will rejoice and be glad in it."
Psalm 118:24

About a week ago I found myself checking the clock. It was only 8:30am. I yawned and thought to myself "This is going to be a long day. I'm only 2 hours into the day and already I can't wait until bedtime, I'm already tired. Over 10 more hours until my help, I mean my husband comes home from work..." My mind started wondering what sort of messes, spills, tantrums etc. the day might entail with a house full of kids.

Luckly the Lord didn't let me wallow for too long, and instantly my heart snapped my mind back into shape. I remembered the verse and song we all love to sing "This is the day the Lord has made!" I began praying and rejoicing over my day:

Thank you for this beautiful day! Help me see each new day as a gift and an opportunity to grow closer to you. Instead of thinking about all the work that lays ahead, fill my heart with excitement and expectation as I seek you in everything I do. Thank you for allowing me to stay home with my kids (and a few others!), guide me in my mission field as I minister to these babies by loving and nurtering them them through you. Lord, be with me today and give me THIS day, my daily bread (my daily strength). This is the day the Lord has made, I WILL Rejoice and be glad in it!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all you Mother's out there! I was thinking over the past few days about how much my life has changed as a mother, I thought I would share some of them with you!
1. 7am now feels like I've slept in.
2. I've been on more playdates then actual dates in the past two years.
3. I care more about my kids looking nice than I do myself.
4. And somewhere along the way I quite caring what my kids look like, as long as their clothes are clean & their teeth are brushed, who cares if they match?!
5. I used to care what husband wore. As long as his clothes are clean and his teeth are brushed, I'm happy.
6. Dog obedience school? HA! Who cares if the dog is trained, do they make child obedience school? Speaking of, has anyone fed the dog lately....?
7. My husband has never, ever looked sexier to me than when he is vacuuming. Or doing dishes. Or changing a diaper...
8. My kids say "blech" and act dramatically disgusted when I kiss that hunk of vacuuming man I mentioned above.
9. I used to be a light sleeper. Now instead of waking up the minute the baby cries, my brain just incorperates it into my dream until my husband nudges me awake!
10. And finally, I have come to really, really appreciate my own mother, her sleepless nights, her sacrifices, and the person she taught me to be:
-My mom showed me what it looks like to love your enemies
-She taught me that when things get tough you don't give up. You simply pray harder and keep moving forward.
-She taught me to be happy with what I have been given
-She taught me to love the beauty of nature and being outside- and that even girls can get muddy & go fishing & camping.
-She never, ever pushed me to be the best, only to try my best.
-She always thought whatever I did was the best.
-She taught me not to complain.
-She taught me to be respectful to others, especially teachers & employers. Even if you disagree you say 'yes ma'am' and bite your toungue. Period.
-She always made holidays and birthdays over-the-top fun & special.
-She was a girlscout leader, sunday school teacher, room-mother, always there for her children kind of mom, and if there were more Mom's like her I'm certain we'd have less problems in this world.

Dear Lord,
Thank you for the blessing of motherhood. What an honor it is to be the mother of these four amazing and beautiful boys. Thank you for allowing me to help mold, teach, and lead these boys to be the men you created them to be. Thank you for making each day fun & special & exciting around here. And thank you for my mother, who helped mold me into who I am today. I want to life up all mother's to you today, Lord, that you give us the strength & joy & peace is takes to do this awesome job you have called us to.