Maybe you've felt as I have, in this amazing journey of motherhood; of simply putting your head into the sand, and pretending that peaceful bliss is yours. May my insane, yet amazing life experiences bless you.
This morning's beautiful overcast skies greeted me as I woke up. I grabbed the yelling 12 month old, baby Kaleb, from his room to sit and nurse in the living room. I sit with him after he's filled up on milk, because he has a meltdown each time my statue like frame, moves. The fear of me disappearing into thin air, is too much for him to bear. I put his mind at ease and hold my spot on the sofa, as he played around my feet. He occasionally would glance up with a gummy smile and his sweet dimples.
My 4 year old awakened, fumbled into the kitchen, and grabbed the cereal. Kaleb is also hungry and walked with a drunken sailor pattern to join his brother. Kaleb and Jordan sit down to eat healthy coco pebbles, and a sunflower butter and jelly sandwich; in which it appears the food had become confetti and is flying around in a celebration style. Kaleb's hair and arms received a healthy dose of the celebration. After a quick dust off, both boys were transported to the bath, which they had fun for an hour.
The tub gave us time to sing the ABC song, go over colors and talk about sharing! The bathtub must come to an end, so other household needs can be tended to. Kaleb was scooped out, dried and dressed, while I gave solid directions for Jordan to succeed in dressing himself. Both boys were now dressed, praise the Lord.
As the tub drained, I cleaned up the floor around the table where the food confetti celebration took place. After scrubbing the sticky floor and drying it to completion, the floor was good enough, so I stood up, flinged my hair back, and took a deep breath; I was being hopeful the string of events would slow down and we'd all enjoy a peaceful and relaxing day of whispering sweet nothings to each other.
Reality however, wasn't too far away, Kaleb was in the prominent pooping stance. I checked my emails briefly while he finished the doody deed. Kaleb made his way to the back room in which he proceeded to scream at his brother. Jordan needed to poop and wanted Kaleb out of the bathroom. Kaleb's cute screams were reaching their peek, so up I scooped him and went to change him. He had poop all down his leg and wanted to kick like a bronco. A few toys to hang onto and some words of encouragement to chillax him did the trick. The clothes he had on, were no more than 30 minutes fresh. They were striped and he was put in the bathroom sink for yet a second cleaning. Jordan was on the toilet working on his business. Clean clothes were put on Kaleb as he wiggled like a piglet to be free from my apparent evil grip, of merely buttoning his pants. Jordan was hollering for me to wipe his butt from the bathroom. He waited so patiently while Kaleb was snapped up, straightened, and ready to be set free. Jordan was wiped and set free to join the other wild child.
They both are now currently happy. Jordan is playing play-dough, and Kaleb is about to go down for morning nap....which also means mama's sanity. The day is not even halfway over, and the priceless memories will continue to play out. My love for each one of you mama's is thick and strong. We are raising the next generation of men and women. Let's not sink in the stress of it all, rather draw strength and courage, that each moment is offering our future to learn how to treat others, work hard, not quit, apologize, serve and be extraordinary! Let's make today priceless and be the sunshine in someone's grey day. You and I, have the opportunity to bless and encourage. Smile at our kids, set the phone down and sincerely ask how they are, what they love, and look them in the eye the whole time!
Each day we learn from the previous one, failure and mistakes are the stepping stones for grace and improvement. Pray for all you need, use your oils for emotional support, and reach out to someone. A favorite acronym of mine I must share is, FEAR: False Evidence Appearing Real.
God gave you stewardship over all things in your care. Finances, fields, kids to kitchens, lean on Christ and surround yourself with people who uplift, stop gossip, treat others with respect and aren't afraid to make mistakes. You create the tone in your home and string stewardship can move mountains, literally! Have a wonderful month until we meet again.