Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Snakes and snails and puppy-dog tails

Today, the boys and I went to Wal-Mart to pick up last minute items for school tomorrow. They were running loose and we were all laughing. Some people thought we were cute, having fun. Others…not so much. All I know is that my boys and I were laughing and they were happy to be with me.

We moved to the check-out line and this wonderful lady asked me about my boys. "How old are they?" And then noted that they were behaving so well. She had seen us come into the store and thought, “how wonderful that they are all having such a great time together.”

I had to come clean. And I must now, too.

We were indeed having a good time, but this was no more than 45 minutes after I had gotten down on the floor at home, eye level with a 3 and 4-year-old and asked their forgiveness. I said, “Mommy loves you so much. I’m sorry I’ve gotten loud with you so many times today. Mommy has allowed myself to get mad, really mad…and I shouldn’t have. I will not be yelling at you again today. Will you forgive me?” Thankfully, they agreed.
Parenting is hard. So, so hard.

I pray over them every morning. I war over them in prayer. I ask God for wisdom to lead them. And yet, it’s still hard. Thank the Lord I have Him to take all this to, or where would I be?
They go to school tomorrow morning. It’s bitter sweet. Wonderful, because I love their school, their teachers and the fact that Mommy will have 7 hours to refresh two days per week. Bitter, because I’m actually delighted to have them gone for 7 hours and somehow feel I shouldn’t be THIS delighted. I know I will actually miss them, too.

Giving birth to and raising these creatures called boys is an exhausting, wonderful, frustrating, exhilarating , fulfilling adventure!

I thought I’d take a moment and give you a few glimpses into the daily lives of two adorable little boys I know:

Playing Superheroes, with their friend, Chas. Superhero action happens daily around here.

This is what greeted me in my 4-year-old's bedroom today as I went to put up laundry....a giant spider web. Notice the snake it had caught in it's clutches. Eek!

THUS…all these reasons (and so much more) of why I love them so.

Yes, parenting IS hard. But it's such a blessing as well.
Thanks for letting me share my heart. Just trying to keep it real. Thanks for listening.


Mrs. Jorgenson said...

Your humble spirit before your children is so refreshing, so earnest; I'm very glad I read of your example and hope that I recall it one day when I have my own children.


Mrs. J

Every Day Blessings said...

Thanks for being so real. I got so upset at my girls when we were buying school supplies that we all ended in tears. I understand your frustration and YES I apologized and was real with them. Continue are doing a great job!

An Accomplished Woman said...

You are such a cute Mom. I love your keeping it real.

Boys are a mystery.


Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

You are SO right that parenting is hard, but OH..the reward of seeing yoru sweet boys...grow into amazing young men.

We have one son...(the Lord knew we could only handle was a STINKER when he was little) and to see the transformation he's made as he's grown for a child, to an amazing young amazing.

Treasure EACH and every moment Mamma...for too soon...your little guys...will be grown! :-)


Connie :) said...

You are awesome, your boys are awesome, and your man is awesome (and let's not forget about Lucy!) ... I am so grateful to be able to keep up with your world through your blog. I hope you really "get" how you BLESS OTHERS with your writing and sharing ... thank you, sis! xoxo :)

Libby said...

Girl....I totally agree with you with the parenting is hard thing. I have one little girl who is 3 and my little son is 1 and 1/2. I can relate to this post. My daughter will be starting preschool next week...and I'm ashamed to admit that I will be happy that she will be going. It's only for 7 hours a week and I will still have my son with me at home...but I am shamefully looking forward to the little break...even if it's only from one child. She is looking forward to it it will benefit us

Libby said...

BTW...the spiderweb pic is very funny. I can see my son doing that when he gets to be that