Monday, May 9, 2011

Little Moments

I have been reminded, lately, to remember to find joy in the little moments of life...

  • Riding in the car with the windows down on a beautiful afternoon with my family listening to country music turned up loud.

  • Being able to work from home when I have a sick child.

  • Watching the kids play in the backyard while I wash dishes in the kitchen.

  • Singing to my girls every night when they go to bed...and always getting an "encore" request! (Even when I am on the road, I call and sing!)

  • Laying in bed listening to sound of my husband's breathing (okay...sometimes snoring, but we will go with breathing here!)

  • Frozen custard with good friends on a Sunday afternoon.

  • Waking up every day to the family and life God gave me.

It is so easy to get caught up in the daily "living" of store trips, school, work, soccer practice, cooking, laundry, etc. But in those moments, I find my joy! My goal is to find something every day to be joyful about...some little moment that takes my breath away.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Things I Learned From My Mother

As I have grown older, becoming a wife and mother myself, I have realized what an amazing woman my Mother is. Although she may not think so, I have, over the years, gleaned a vast amount of knowledge of what it is to be a wife, mother, and woman of God from her (although the practical application of this knowledge continues to be a challenge to me!).

She has taught me.... be genuine and sincere. be a gracious hostess.

...that ladies never yell. think of others first.

...that in a family, the marriage relationship and thus, my husband, must be my top priority, second only to my relationship with God.

...that vows spoken before God are not to be broken...period.

...that honesty is priceless. love people, all people, regardless of race, creed, or religion.

...that life is not fair, and I should be thankful for that...otherwise God would not have sent His son to die for me.

There are so many things my Mom has taught me, and I am still learning from her, every day. If I had to choose one thing she has taught me that has helped me the most as a wife and mother it would be this...if I was a perfect person (or parent), I would not need a perfect God.

Thank you, Lord, for blessing me with this truly amazing woman. I am grateful every day that she made the CHOICE to have me in her life. Your hand in the path of my life is clear from the very beginning, that You chose her to be my Mother. -Amen