Today it was pouring rain in my world! It is funny because I have recently been telling people that motherhood has been fairly simple these days. The kids are at nice stages as they are both sleeping at the same time, eating well, and playing together. But in the last 24hrs, it has been a different story! Mercy woke up at least 4 times last night – she is teething, they were both cranky this morning, Judah was drama king and extra emotional, they both cried at the same time on multiple occasions, fussy about eating, Judah woke Mercy up and at nap time Mercy woke Judah up, everything was a fight and no one listen to mommy! Judah kept telling me to go to work, he wanted to see daddy. (love that line, can’t you feel love and appreciate in those moments:) – NOT)
What did I do? What happened? I kept trying to pinch myself all morning wondering if I was sleeping and needed to be woken up from this nightmare. I often see this pattern in motherhood, things go ALL wrong at the same time and also at the most inconvenient times! Hence the saying “When it rains it pours”!
Once I finally got these two little angels to sleep, for their afternoon nap, I sat alone in peace, quiet and stillness, ate my breakfast (it was now 1:30pm) and had a little debriefing session with God. He knows my kids better than me so I often go to Him for advice:) I really believe that when life challenges us we can do one of two things:
1. Complain and wallow in our frustration
2. Reflect and learn from the situation
I chose the latter and as a result I really learned a lot about my perception of life. Everything was chaotic this morning because inside of me I had a plan or a picture of what things should look like, it was an EXPECTATION of my babies and our day. The Lord slowly and graciously helped me to lay down my selfishness, my agenda and my desires and remember that in HIS kingdom selflessness and humility come first! I truly believe that my reactions to the day and what I was telling myself had everything to do with the difficulty level. I was tense, stressed and negative. I now realize this. Next time I am going to be calm, relaxed and positive.
Kids are unpredictable. Life throws us curve balls. You are NOT alone! God is in control. Our priorities are to love Him and love our kids! May you experience the peace that passes all understanding today, may it guard your heart and mind in Christ! May the Lord bless you and your household today!
So true Emma. I totally have those kind of days sometimes and can later reflect and wonder why was I so impatient with the kids today, why was I so rushed. It is an expectation of myself and my day and I know that with kids I can`t expect MY plans to go smoothly. They have their own little plans 😉
Gotta love them.
I am so excited to have found your blog, I was looking at Gens beautiful orchid pics and it was on your comment. love it! thanks for the challenge..though I am not a mother *yet* it is constantly on my heart and mind on how I want to parent, how to cope during stress and raise my children in the Lord. if there are two things I want to succeed in its my children and my marriage. thanks for your heart and realness on this! love the recipes by the way~I am always looking to find yummy but healthy and frugal recipes for us. The key is YUMMY, James will eat anything as long as he doesn’t taste the “healthy” in it! haha