Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Greatness

I thought of many of you, dear ones, when I heard this song today...



May this be our prayer as we know...

...we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

My Men Know Me

"Mom, I would really like to have a Lunchable to eat one day."

"Really, Caleb, why?"

"Well, they are really yummy and have Oreos."

"Can't I just buy you some Oreos instead?"

"But mama, they are all natural and very good for you. The meat and cheese is all from North Carolina and the container is reusable!"

When retelling the story to my husband, his statement was, "Caleb forgot the most important selling point. He should have said,

"But mama, they are all natural and very good for you. The meat and cheese is all from North Carolina and the container is reusable!" And all proceeds go to benefit orphans in Africa.""

Do my men know me or what?

Monday, October 18, 2010

Do You Think?

Do you think...


when they are teenagers...


and are complaining...


about helping with yard work...


that I can show them these pictures...


to prove just how fun...


yard work really is?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Natural Mom

I am not a natural mom. As a little girl, I did not play with dolls much (Barbies and Little Ponies were my thing...and reading, lots of reading.) I did not dream of the day I would be a mom. I far preferred playing "orphans with supernatural powers" (a game I invented which involved lots of running and hiding behind bushes as the "bad adults" were after us) over playing house. When we did play house, I was the mom, but I went to work instead of staying home. I can even remember telling my mom when I was about 9 years old that I was going to be a mom and have 6 kids, but my husband was going to have to stay at home because I was going to be too busy being a Supreme Court Justice. Seriously.

This whole mom thing does not come naturally to me at all. Give me an hour with a small group of kids in a classroom setting any day, no problem. Give me an hour with my own two boys at home and I am left sweating what we will do to fill the time. To be bluntly honest, while I cannot imagine life now without my boys and without being a mom, there have been many a day when I did not enjoy being a mom.

Recently though, as we have been going through this season of busyness with my husband's work, God has been reworking and shaping my desires as a mom. I have begun to really enjoy the time with my boys. God has used this overload of time together to turn my heart to my children in a way that I never expected or even knew that I needed.

Now do not get me wrong, this has not been an easy process. There are still days when I am absolutely done with my boys way before they are done with the day. (This Monday was one of those days and can I tell you how cool God was to send David home early that day...early being 7 pm instead of 9 or 10 pm. Yeah, God is cool like that...to know what I need and to give it me, very cool indeed.) But then there are days, when the time seems to fly and at the end of the day, I can truly say to Caleb, "I enjoyed being your mom today."

You have to understand, just what a huge step this is for me. Learning to enjoy motherhood is a process that will take me a lifetime to work through. Like I said, I am not a natural mom and enjoying being a mom does not come from my own power, inner strength or resolve. Daily, I have to ask God to help me to enjoy being a mom, to overcome my desires and to shape me to be the mom He desires me to be.

I am able to enjoy being the mom my boys need only because of His grace and power working in my life, naturally.

Friday, October 8, 2010

A Change in Scenery

Fall is definitely here and as the leaves began their change of scenery this week, the boys and I decided we needed a little change of scenery too. We packed up the car and headed north to Virginia to visit with David's parents for a few days. (David is still in the throes of his HUGE project at work and was unable to join us.)

It is amazing just what a little change of scenery can do for the body, mind and soul...

A change in scenery can help make memories that will last for a lifetime....such as catching five big fish with Mama, wrestling with Papa and digging worms with Nana.

A change in scenery can restore and re-energize. David's parents are a true joy and help out tremendously with the boys while I am there. It was very much like a mini-mommy-vacation. I read three books while I was there! (For those who know my book-loving heart, you know that is a great treat for me.)

A change in scenery can help you appreciate what was left behind. Although, I had a great time away, I really was ready to come home. I missed my husband so much that I was beginning to feel physically ill because of his absence. It is very true that one may only treasure what they have after they no longer have it.

This week, I have been truly blessed and am very thankful for this little change in the scenery.
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