Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get. –Forest Gump
Early in the morning, before the sun rises over the horizon, the air is quiet. No feet on the floor, going pitter-patter, no toys to avoid crunching beneath my feet, no tears of sadness because daddy left for work. It’s peaceful and still, a great atmosphere for reading and praying. I am so thankful for the early morning moments, but I look forward to the noisy, crazy day that is yet to come. It is the tranquil time before the dawn that energizes and feeds me for the adventures of the day. That quiet time doesn’t always happen before the chaos begins. Sometimes, it’s in the middle of the chaos, and that’s okay too.
Let me give you a glimpse into my “middle of the chaos” life as a stay-at-home mom.
As the great Forest Gump says, “you never know what you’re gonna get”. I feel like this is true with my two year old, each. and. every. day. Sometimes, she really enjoys eating her lunch and seems to savor every bite, while drinking all of her milk. Other days, she holds a ten minute protest against eating her favorite food. Sometimes, she is very articulate when expressing her emotions. Other days, she decides to have a, shall we say,” boisterous screaming session” in the middle of the store to express that she is not happy.
Being a stay-at-home mom is one of the greatest joys of my life and, at the same time, one of the most challenging tasks of my life. I love the simple things we share throughout the day. Laughing, dancing, jumping and sometimes even crying together (over silly things like another outfit needing to be changed). At the same time, I feel the responsibility of raising these children in the way they ought to go (Prov. 22:6). Most days, I love my job of reading, cleaning, feeding, changing, conversing, with my children, but there are days I would like to go back to work to interact with an adult, keep an outfit clean for more than ten minutes, and just focus on the task at hand. On those challenging days, I try to be thankful for “the box of chocolates” I have been given.
I don’t know what each day is going to bring (will it be caramel? coconut? peanut cluster?), but what I do know is that God has a great plan for my life. His plan is good, His love is great, and His grace is sufficient. He has my “box of chocolates” all sorted out, and it. is. good. Even in my impatient moments, followed by a sharp tone, and negative attitude, His grace covers me. Often times, as a stay at home mom, I can over look the small moments. I can rush through the day without stopping to say “Thank you, Lord”. A day filled with tantrums, multiple changes of clothes (for me and the baby), and lack of sleep is still a day that the Lord has made, and a day that I need to say “Thank you for this ‘chocolate’”. So, even if today was a “coconut chocolate” kind of day, and coconut isn’t my favorite, I need to ask for grace. Grace to love the small moments and be thankful. Be thankful for the sweet smiles. Be thankful for the dirty clothes. Be thankful for the time spent with these children. Be thankful for the box of chocolates I am given.
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