Monday, March 21, 2011

It's Been Two Weeks Since My Last Post

Every day, from 7:30 to 5:30, I have four children in my house ages 3-and-a-half to 7 months. I really don't need to say more than that.



But before you begin feeling too sorry for me, please join me momentarily in a new thing that Christ is doing in me - whispered gratitudes, all day long.

#1: The joy on his face over a newly discovered game.


#2. The joy on mine over his cute rear in underpants. And the fact that I get to see it every day, instead of being at work missing him.


#3. This guy's smile. His giggles. His dimples. His giggles. His rolls. His giggles.


(And I finally have a baby that looks like me! Check out the chins in the above and below pics. No, there's no relation to Jay Leno.)

#4. Not only do I have four young kids every day, I GET four young kids every day. Their excitement about life is infectious, is it not?

#5. Before she "tries" to nap, she asks me to tell stories with her. Of course I've put all the others to bed first, because I anticipate this moment. We lay next to each other, snuggled together under her covers. I play with her hair and hold her close, and tell her silly stories of princesses and frogs and bunnies, of flying and becoming dragons and Mommies who really do know what's best (I have to squeeze that one in sometimes). A perfect moment in my day.

#6. Money is tight. Our house is quite small. And yet, this, too, is a gratitude I find arising from my heart. Those inconveniences are worth all of this. I am not missing out. I am filling their lives with God, their days with the lessons I choose. I am watching their eyes light up when they get it right for the first time. I am the one to hear when the baby first begins to babble. I am the one they run to when they are hurt and just need to be held.

So, Lord, our chaos is YOURS. And we praise you for that. And my blog, well, it may sit unvisited for weeks upon weeks. And you're teaching me to be ok with that. Because I'm living life with my children, one mess to the next, and one day at a time.

11 comments:

Maria said...

Oh Kelly, I'm on the verge of crying! Loved this post and the wonderful reminder of motherhood!

Amy in Edmond said...

No one can raise your kids the way you want them raised. Once their in school, you can get back to your speech profession.

kauffeegrl said...

Praise the Lord Kelly :-) You said exactly what I think about being a stay at home mom.

Celeste Taylor said...

Beautiful post Kelly. You're children will arise and call you blessed.

Devion said...

PERFECTLY spoken. Of course, they did have ONE care provider who loved them nearly as much as a mommy does! ;) I'm so joyful that you get to spend your days with them one mess at a time. It gets overwhelming, but then we see their little faces like Seth's in that last picture (hilarious!) and the messes all but disappear. Blessings on each day and prayers for daily bread!

Andrea Kay said...

Perfection! Gods gifts to you are pure perfection!

Tiny Toes said...

I love it Kelly! I can't imagine not being home with my blessings. You have no idea how proud I am of your mothering. (By the way, yesterday I had four in my house and all I could think of was that YOU do it every day!)
Love you!

Katrina said...

What a wonderful post, as always. Brought tears to my eyes :) We are so blessed, even are the bad days!

Shyla said...

Very sweet! You have really embraced motherhood. It suits you.

Grandma Eroh said...

It warms a mother's heart to see her daughter embracing motherhood so wonderfully! I love you, Kell, mom

Jessica said...

Amen! :)