- My oldest daughter is slow as molasses on a cold Winter's day. I mean she never gets in a hurry to do anything. She dawdles along and makes a 10 minute animal feeding session take an hour. She stops repeatedly during her school time to chatter instead of staying focused and just whizzing through it. But God does not see that as a weakness. She is so laid back and carefree. There is a blessing in that. And she does not get stressed about time frames like many of us do.
- My second daughter is a little momma, but not always in a good way. Sometimes she jumps in front of me to try to tell her siblings what to do. She can sometimes overwhelm the baby by insisting on helping when sometimes the baby just wants to figure things out on her own. There is a blessing in it, though. She is go-getter. I joke that she is going to rule the country one day. She has always been the one that knows where things are that we all have lost. ;)
- My son... well, he is just loud and all boy! Sometimes I have a hard time with it. I want quiet. I want him to sit still. But he is a thinker. I see rambuctious and God may see determination, hardworking, full of energy, capable.
- Sahara... well, this one is our full time fussy child and she knows only one volume... loud! And she is this tiny little shy thing that no one would ever suspect it from... until she is away from a crowd. We may not see the blessing in her behaviour all the time, but I know God does and in due time we will see it, as well.
- Sienna is too young, but she has started fussing at us when she does not get what she wants. I can already see she will be very determined. God can use that in ways that we may not understand right now.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
II Corinthians 12:9
And I want to encourage you to truly to take your role as a mother seriously. Our most important task is to give them God. Give them church. Give them scripture. Fill their heads with these things rather than things of this world.
So, what did I want for Mother's Day? Not to get a thing!... But rather to give to them. I have always wanted Mother's Day to be about being a mother. I hear so many mothers that want to get a Spa Day to herself for Mother's Day (and I am not saying that is wrong), but it makes me sad. If I wanted a Spa Day (which I don't) I would want to share that with my child. That's just me.... I want to be WITH my kids on Mother's Day. I want to be a MOTHER on MOTHER'S Day!!! I want them sitting beside me on the pew in church! I want to have lunch with them and do something to make them happy. I want to make them pancakes or something else special. I want to give them the GIFT of being mothered.
Actually, I am going to go on to say that we did part of Mother's Day early. The kids had no idea what we were doing and were asking a million questions about where we were going. Finally, I had to tell them that we were taking them to get me a Mother's Day gift. I thought that would hush them for awhile, but they continued trying to guess where we where going. I did not tell them until we walk in the establishment what we were up to. We took them to paint pottery. They were ecstatic! I told them I wanted them to paint a large platter for me. I also told them that each of them could make their very own special plate (and I painted Sienna's). While we were doing this we had them paint a platter for each of the grandmothers. You see... for me it is about doing something with them. I want to be their mother... and one that makes memories with them. And on the actual day of Mother's Day all I truly want is to sit beside them on the pew in church and know that I am doing the MOST IMPORTANT part of mothering. I want to give them God! I want them to look back one day and say that I always made sure that they were in church on Mother's Day because it is my belief that God gave them to me and in my own way I want to be there "giving them back TO God" every Mother's Day that I am alive.