Saturday, October 15, 2011
"I can go on the swing cuz I'm a big girl now. See? I have eyebrows!" -Leah at the playground
"How many kids are in our family? Honest Mom, I can't remember!" -Brianna
"Oh Mom that is my favorite thing in the world to do! I LOVE sautéing!" -Alissa when she saw me cutting up peppers to put in a pan with oil in it
"Mom, you'll never guess what Micah just did!" Me: "What?" "You're stuck with it! hahahaha!" -Caleb
"Mom, we are doing something SO educational out on the deck. We are watching a wolf spider eat a beetle!" -Alissa
"Your job can be so thankless, but always remember that I see and appreciate all you do. I love you!" -Matt, when I was cleaning out the juicer
Life: crazy, boring, redundant, exciting, risky, tiring... there are all sorts of adjectives that describe life at any stage. Recently, overwhelming is one that describes mine. Overwhelming because of the amount of things I TRY to squeeze into a 24 hour period. I have been trying though to pay attention to what goes on each day and appreciate each moment and each one who fills my day.
As I slowed my mind down enough to listen to what goes on in our home on a daily basis, I was filled with so much joy. The quotes above are just a tiny fraction of what I heard. I don't want to miss a moment. Life is hard. Life is emotional. Life is uncertain. But life is a gift from God and one that I want to enjoy. And when the hard moments overwhelm me, I think about heaven. All the years that I have on this earth are nothing compared to what I will have in heaven. NOTHING.
Steven Curtis Chapman wrote a song that I've heard on the radio a lot lately and I think he hits the nail on the head.