My faults and failings as a mother often seem to be so many. Many times I look these beautiful children that God has given to me, and wonder how He thought I was the perfect mother for them? I often struggle. I mess up. I have to say I'm sorry, a lot. Asking for their forgiveness always makes my voice start to shake. But how quick they are to forgive! After hearing that wonderful blessing the heart beats an extra beat, then once again I am left feeling light and refreshed.
Your hand will uplift me, Lord, when I have fallen; my failings and trespasses all are forgiven. All are forgiven. Hymn 467;3
Opportunities are often things you haven't noticed the first time around.
Something that I never noticed the first time around was, how we so often take the time spent with loved ones for granted.
After I graduated from High School I was in a rush to get out the door and experience the real world all on my own. Did I seriously not think that my mother was a girl just like me at one time in her life?
Little did I know that after having our first child how much I would need my mom again. Granted it was over the phone. But even those phone calls seem to help me through this new stage of life.
With our first, I also didn't seem to notice how fast the baby stage actually goes. I think it's because I was so excited to watch him get to the next milestone; rolling, sitting, crawling, then walking. Before I knew it our baby was grown out of that stage and we couldn't go back in time.
Now fast forward a several years, baby #4 just turned ONE! Where does the time go?
I'm sad to say our children are slowly gaining more independence and don't want my help as much. I hope that I can be here for them, just like my mother was when I needed her again.
The glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time you fail.
Last week this child decided she was done with diapers and wanted to wear undies.
Keep in mind that I've told the hubby and a few friends she is one child that I'd PAY someone else to potty train.
So I went along with it and figured one day of accidents to clean up and we'd be back to diapers at bedtime. Well, this determined and strong willed girl had a different idea. It has been a week now that she's been in underwear. We've survived running errands and outings. We've one accident per day for the first four and now she has the hang of it. A few of the days I feel like the accidents were my fault, but I'm going to blame it on the weather. Ha.
She got to pick out her very first Barbie as a prize. Even Barbie goes potty too.
I guess if there is a will there is a way. It doesn't matter if your 2 1/2 or 82. She wasn't going to let her mom and a little accident put her back in diapers.
We are switching up who we are linking to again. Head over Gloria's way next.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
-Thomas A. Edison
Evelynn just couldn't seem to figure out how to blow the bubbles. She would give up and say "I caw-knot!" I even showed her how to hold it closer to her mouth. She ended up tasting the bubbles and gave up completely.
Naomi on the other hand, picked it right up.
Some times the wind would pop it before she could blow.
It was a lot of fun to watch all her expressions as she tried again and again to blow more bubbles.
Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.
Just this past weekend we were visiting with some friends and we were talking about our kids. (This is an area that I really feel like I fall short.) One of the topics that we visited about was investing time into our kids for the long term. Today's quote really sums it up well.
Instead of becoming impatient or frustrated with our stubborn child, I sometime have to take a deep breath and count to ten. I've realized my actions is how I'm teaching our child it's okay to act. I've also observed that our 'difficult' child is responding the way she is, because she doesn't know another way to communicate how to. It has taken more thought and effort to teach her than our other kids. But she, like the others, is worth all the effort.
Now, when I get to share moments that she communicated with me, they seem extra special.
We are switching up our linking order so head over Rachael's way next.
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
Those of you who know me, know I am a dreamer! Not always so good at the goal setting. But hey, dreams are free right?
I have one dream that always seems to keep coming back. Right after Christmas I start dreaming about making all homemade gifts to give the following Christmas. I dream about the endless possibilities of the gifts you could make. I spend more time on pinterest then I need too. Pretty soon spring is here and the itch to be outdoors is strong. Then summer is upon us and Christmas has long been forgotten about. By the time Christmas is remembered about again, there isn't enough time to make all the gifts I dreamed about.
This year I am determined to make this dream a reality! In fact I've already started on this dream/ goal. My first Christmas present is half way done. The second one is cut and ready to be sewn. Each week I will make time to work on Christmas presents.
Head over and see what goals or dreams Maaret has for you.