Proverbs 24:3-4

By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

MFM (motivation for moms)

Show your children that you appreciate them by doing something special just for them, like making their favorite meal, or taking them out for an ice cream.

I was so disappointed that I went off and left my camera, thus missing this special day with the kids. Oh well, maybe next time. At least I'm taking the time to write about it, right?

Today was an on and off sunny day, a little chilly around 50 degrees, and somewhat disappointing after having several days of 75 degrees. The girls and I headed to town to pick up Luke at preschool and found the diggers working on the road just across the parking lot of the school. It took me twice as long to get the girls inside because Kayla was engrossed in the digger action. With all three buckled and back in the car, my little preschool reporter proceeded with his rendition of the day's activities. Mid story, he asked if we could have a picnic. My heart was heavy as I explained that it was too cold to have a picnic in the park. I wanted to go to the park too. Just then I recalled a chapter from a book we are reading in the mom's group entitled "Jump In". The chaptered challenged moms to find an activity to "jump in" with your kids. After a quick "thank you" to my heavenly Teacher, I turned the car around and headed towards McDonald's and proudly screamed out "CAR PICNIC" !!!!!
Much to my delight I head a "Yay" and a "WooHoo".
We picked up McDonald's and drove back to Luke's preschool. We parked on the edge of the parking lot and opened up the back. I spread out the picnic blanket and we piled into the back with our food to watch the digger. It was such a precious memory counting the many dump trucks that came and went, laughing at the silly way Krista ate her fries and just taking time to really ENJOY my kids. All the thoughts of spending $8 on lunch (when we had a full fridge and pantry at home), faded away with every point and wave at the machines and the workers. With one last little "ByeBye Digger" we ended our lunch and headed home.

It wasn't until later that afternoon that I truly took time to reflect.
With the time spent on our picnic I was behind on the daily chores. I piled two overflowing baskets of unfolded laundry on the bed. I was about half way through when a little princess head peaked around the mound of clothes. "Hi Mommy", and with that Kayla climbed up. She crushed my fears of "helping" and was content just to sit next to me while I folded and folded. With just two shirts left to fold I felt a little hand on my back, followed by a pat. I sat there as my two year old ran her hand sweetly up and down my back, all the while praising God for her. It is awesome how God gives the gift of affection to women and to see it displayed at such a young age moved me to tears.

These are the moments that make life worth living, and it is these precious moments that I need to seize and treasure, because they are just that- moments- that will pass if I don't.

How fitting the Motivation for Moms today.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am so thankful that you took the time to have a 'car picnic.' Your kids don't care what it is as long as you make them think it is special. You will never regret doing these things, and the laundry will never be finished anyway. Can't wait to see the kids on Thursday. Love, mom

Erin said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this post! I have the chills reading it. What a special time for you as a mom.

My mom has a cross stitch that has hung in my parents' hallway all my life. It reads: "Quiet down cobwebs. Dust go to sleep. I am rocking my baby. And babies don't keep."

SO TRUE! I love what your mom said - you will never regret times like these. Or the $8 you spent. Worth every penny!

The Miers said...

Precious Memories!
Yep,from swimming in the "puddles", picking up a "kiddie cone","wanna read a book?"...so many, so precious! You are truly blessed. I am blessed by God's gift to me to call you "daughter". God uses you in so many ways to demonstrate His amazing love.
Love,TXMom

Aubs said...

Jean....you are such an inspiration to me! Your mom is so right when she says God uses you to demonstrate His amazing love. You are such a wonderful wife and mother and I aspire to follow in your footsteps. What a precious memory for you and for the kiddos!

Have i mentioned that i think we are going to be indiana bound next year??? We will HAVE to see you while we are there! What part of indiana do you live in?

Holly said...

I too am trying to remind myself that if He blesses us with old age and wisdom, we will not be thankful that all of our laundry was done and put away. We will remember those fleeting moments where we truly enjoyed the bounty of life without worry or care. And I'm surprising myself with that line, so I may just blog it this afternoon! Thanks for de-lurking! We all need to be reminded that we are not on this walk alone!

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