October Moments

img_5111There are many times when I wish limg_5115ife was full of warm fuzzy feelings.  I wish I felt like smiling all the time like this scarecrow Eliana made as school. I wish my children showed love like they did when they made my birthday card.

 

img_5122I am thankful for the moments I am able to capture of pure delight like this picture of Lydia who is in her favorite place, outside!

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This may seem like an odd picture for me to share.  Eliana’s eyes are closed.  We still don’t have grass in the backyard (why when we are in a drought???).  Natalie is in motion.  Here is what I want to show, Natalie is smiling.  She is having a great time combining swings and playing on them.  Keep that in mind for later.

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Eliana is flourishing in the first grade.  She is thoughtful, creative, contemplative, and willing to share her sweet smile for a moment.

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Like I said, remember that before I asked her to come over to the fence, she was smiling.  Sadly, this face is the one I often get from her and her big sister when I ask them to help around the house.  It is the same face I get at most breakfast and dinner times.  We go easy on Mom at lunch and often make sandwiches or quesadillas with fruit.  I figure a but of reality is a good thing.  Although I wish for warm fuzzies all day, parenting is HARD!  Trying to cultivate gratitude and a willingness to work does not come naturally to my children.

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This is more what parenting looks like for me.  One happy, one distracted, and one grumpy.  They all take turns with the emotions.

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Sometimes parenting is being thankful for the moments of joy captured in the day, praying for wisdom, and washing the day in grace as they sleep.

 

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