Thursday, May 24, 2012

Grateful

A dear friend made a simple comment a couple of weeks ago when The Sheriff slept in a bit how very blessed I am to be able to enjoy that quiet in the mornings. No hint of jealousy or bitterness existed in her words. They contained no lecture.

I believe they served as words from an Angel as a reminder to be grateful, to be content, with here and now. I resolved to seek contentment in my life this year, and on so many occasions I've been able to see the blessings around me and be truly thankful for them. I am grateful for this awareness.




And yes, I am grateful that our mornings are typically slow and unhurried. We drink coffee from a real cup instead of a paper one from a drive thru on our way to drop an older child off at school or perhaps W at daycare while I head to work.


I don't mean to sound like I'm bragging. Whether you choose daycare for your child or need to for your family's functioning is also perfect for you. I also don't mean to sound like when it's time to get dressed and put together that there's not a toddler right there clinging to every piece of myself that I need at the moment. I simply need to remind myself how beautiful life is right now.

I am grateful that I am here to play helicopters and trains by morning, share watermelon on the back patio by afternoon, and settle into a good book (ok, singing tunes from his Thomas book counts) by the light of the setting sun.






I am grateful that I can create with our son. We can do, make, and play together. We find learning projects with which I can be hands-on, and this feeds the creativity spark always burning inside.
When he learns new words, I am most probably the one who taught them to him or at least pointed him in the right direction.



I am grateful that I can be present.



It's this contentment that I must hold and nurture, until the moment when God's grace it's so embedded within me, that no obstacle, no heartbreak, no worry or fear, can remove me from God's love.


6 comments:

Faith said...

There's definitely so much to be thankful for, in whatever situation we are all in. In the hustle and bustle of everyday, I am grateful for the "stillness" God gives in my heart in the midst of all the "noise". Thank you for a great reminder of contentment!

Am I Really Grown Up? said...

You are truly blessed. Being a stay at home mom can be hard but I know that i wouldn't trade it for anything. I too love that I am the one who taught Annabelle and saw all those firsts instead of some other care giver. I tyr to thank Mark for working so hard so that I can be here for my family whenever I can.

kc said...

It's so refreshing to hear you appreciating your mornings. Quiet, unrushed mornings are one of the changes of not working that I am most looking forward to. It's amazing how a rushed, messy morning can negatively influence the rest of the day.

Happiness Is... said...

I love this - it makes staying at home sound easy! I am still so curious if I would like staying at home (well, not working I should say since I do stay home all day) ... I just don't know!

Nicole said...

I love being the one to understand what my kids are saying...heck LZ still can't always understand Snax!

love that last line! Absolutely beautiful.

KERRY said...

This was a beautiful post, I really enjoyed reading it. It was sweet and honest and your son is a handsome little man. I agree with all that you wrote.
Have a great weekend!!
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