Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Some days it's the little things

Little things drive me crazy - like the bickering over who picked up the most toys. Or the crumbs that permanently reside under the table no matter how often I vacuum. Or the (not so little) laundry pile.

But today I'm thanking God for the little things that my children give me that I would never notice otherwise.


Maybe I'd take the time to go out and cut a flower for the vase by the kitchen sink. But I doubt it. But my children make sure there is always a blossom to cheer the dishwasher.

My children make me slow down and notice the first robin, watch the honeybees playing in the crocus and laugh at the bumps on the toad.

Because of my children I get to snuggle on the couch and relish another reading of the The Secret Garden. Then pretend to be Mary, Dickon and Colin as we dig in the flower bed.


I love the outdoors, but my children get me out more often and keep me out longer then I would ever stay alone. With them, it is easy to forget the cobwebs, crumbs, and the empty cookie jar and just enjoy the rare spring sunshine.

I'm not pretending that some days mothering appears an endless unappreciated drudgery. But I'm so glad that God sprinkles in enough of the little blessings in a day to carry me through.

I just pray for eyes to see it.

9 comments :

  1. That is such a good reminder, Gina!

    Mothering is work, home keeping is work, and if we will have eyes to see it and remember it is such a blessing!

    Deanna

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  2. Thank you for this beautiful post. Fostermummy X

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  3. So true, Gina!! Just yesterday I was marveling and thankful for the excitement my 9 year old had over finding a family of owls in our tree out back. You would have thought she had found a box of gold coins! But isn't it so much better? It gave us an opportunity to talk about how God had made them so unique and protected them by making them blend in to the tree, etc. It made my heart full of gratitude!

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  4. Well said Gina! Many mothers could do with this reminder! (me included) Thank you!
    Sheila

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  5. You are not alone in being bothered by the little things. Sometimes the big things drive me crazy too! But I wouldn't trade my children for any other pocession in the world.

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  6. They have all flown and have children of their own...treasure the moments. When I look back it all went so quickly and I wish I had taken more breaks. You are making memories for you and the wee ones. Enjoy,smile it is a fleeting precious time.

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  7. Hello there,

    I only just found your beautiful blog today and did not have much time for reading, but I have bookmarked it, and plan to read my way through it in the following days/weeks as my time allows. It certainly looks very interesting! Thank you for sharing!

    Claudia

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  8. Thanks Gina for the reminder to slow down and enjoy the little things.
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