Thoughts on the Week and Pictures of my Little Monster

It’s been a long six days.  My husband has been gone 5 of the 6, which always makes it a little harder.  The kids are all tired and have slight colds.  I am still trying to catch-up on laundry since our trip!

But, you know what?  It’s ok.  I’m ok with it.  In fact, I have really had a lot of joy and peace.  In the grand scheme of things, we have had an incredibly blessed week.  I look into these precious faces and I know I am blessed beyond words.

The fall weather has been perfect, and we’ve spent every afternoon outside.  We’ve spent much of each morning outside, too.  The kids think it’s for them.  I watch them ride bikes, play with magnolia seeds and daisy petals, get covered in chalk, and push them on swings.  But, it’s for me, too… I need that fresh air to reflect and be reminded of how blessed I am.  With the kids extra tired, my temper has been short.  I even told my number 2 I needed a time out for myself!

I hate typing that.  I hate admitting I have a short-temper at times.  Whenever I’m told by a loving friend that I am the most patient person ever, I tell them they need to talk to my kids more!

But, there’s grace.  And there are times I do have inexplicable patience.  It’s when I feel God’s Spirit helping me.  I am learning.  I am learning to listen to Him… to stop and move outside for some fresh air and a change of scenery.  Sometimes I feel Him nudging me to laugh instead of discipline.  Sometimes I have to force myself to say something encouraging when I am totally frustrated with one of my children doing something they know they’re not suppose to.  And, sometimes I just have to turn-up the worship music and ask my kids to dance to try to change my own mood.  It’s a battle at times.  I am so thankful when I make the right choice, and so frustrated at myself when I don’t.  Again.. I am so grateful for grace!

The kids are all in bed now.  In fact, I’ve had quiet time to myself the last 3 nights.  What a blessing!  We’ve moved all the girls into one room, and it seems to be working out well.  Tomorrow my husband will be home.  The next day my parents are coming for a visit.  I am so, so excited!

“Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30

4 responses to “Thoughts on the Week and Pictures of my Little Monster

  1. What a timely post! Love that God gives us grace to have the right perspective. Also really love your Thankful Thursday recipe posts! Am keeping it on my mind and hope to try some of the yummy-sounding goodies!

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