I apologize for the lack of blog posts. It has been a crazy week already, which began last week (before Thanksgiving). Let’s be honest, Thanksgiving Break isn’t really a “break” when you’re cooking, cleaning, moving out, or preparing for a busy week of “Viewing” Services for people that have passed away. TWO Families from our church lost a loved one on the same day – and in addition, 2 days BEFORE Thanksgiving… 😦
Please keep them in your prayers, especially as the Holiday Season is upon us.
On another note…
Today was the start of a “Weekly Routine” that I would like to do with my children. On Wednesdays, I don’t go into work until the afternoon and I didn’t really see how much could be accomplished and how many memories could be made on days like these… UNTIL TODAY!
As usual, we got up, ate breakfast, watched a little “Kid’s Netflix” and got ready for a Fun Day. Lately, my oldest daughter, LG, has been saying how she’s tired after waking up from a good night’s rest or an afternoon nap…
Uhm… I’m thinking, “Girl, why you tired?” LOL!
Well, after FINALLY getting ready, we headed out!
BabyGirl AJ wasn’t having it in her carseat. She cried the whole ride to the park (which was like 5 minutes… haha)
And when we finally got there, I was so excited to have the whole park all. to. ourselves! (Woot Woot!)
We got in… and LG (who is 2 1/2) went straight for the slides! AJ (who just turned 1 in October) was playing with and trying to eat the stuff on the ground…
I mean, Can they be ANY MORE different?!?
After a good hour or so of playing on the slides, swings, and dirt…
I told LG that it was time to go…
She said, “Shure up, Mommy!”
I thought to myself, Did she just tell me to “Shut up?” Wanting to make sure I didn’t hear that, I asked her again what she had said and she said…
“Chuur up, MOMMY!”
Phew! I was so glad she didn’t say, “Shut up!” I was relieved but also curious about why my 2 1/2 year-old was telling me to C-H-E-E-R U-P…
But then it hit me… When I was telling her that it was time to go… I must’ve had a sad face. And she knew to tell me, “CHEER UP!”
I thought to myself, “Weren’t you just born yesterday?!? PLEASE stop growing too fast!”
I’ve heard story after story about children who are grown, thanking their MOM for the love & INFLUENCE she gave them.
And TODAY was just a reminder TO ME that “Mommy-ing” isn’t easy but is definitely worth it.
Have you heard the saying, “Do as I say, not as I do?”
Well, if you haven’t, there you go! As I was thinking about MOTHERHOOD, I thought about some things my LG was picking up from me – like mannerisms.
I’m the type of person that when frustrated or angry could say things that I will end up regretting. But lately, it’s what I’ve done.
Some times, when the kids spill something, I can get “in the flesh” or “on the edge” (as pictured below) and not really yell or curse (NO! NO!) but I get disgruntled and I “Grunt” or say “Ugh” and sadly, I’ve heard LG say that and when I hear it, it’s not pleasing to the ears.
AND THAT’S EXACTLY HOW I SOUND if I’m not careful.
So there she was at the park, telling me to “CHEER UP!” Inside of me, there was some excitement as I’v never heard her say those words before but also some sadness that she’s quickly growing up and quickly picking up on everything… what she watches, what she sees, hears, gets exposed to.
As parents, we need to be careful how we live. If we want our children to turn out right, then we need to set a good example because we are their ROLE MODELS whether we like it or not. We can’t expect what we don’t inspect. Lead by example and be a good example.
So my point is… Don’t let it be too late for you to start TEACHING your children…
THE RIGHT THINGS
THE RIGHT WAY
AT THE RIGHT TIME… and that time is NOW!
I thank God that He used my little toddler to TEACH ME a lesson about motherhood today.
***Featured photo from Annie Spratt on Unsplash!