Friday, February 19, 2010

Patience...

...is something I have a high deficiency in these days.

Although I strive to "keep it real" on this blog, sometimes the craziness still doesn't come through. I mean, sure, I'm there with my camera handy for many of the sweet moments. But no one happens to be there holding a camera when I'm stomping mad because my kids have ignored me for the ninetieth time in a day, or when they have left their soggy post-bath towels crumpled up on the floor for the 841st time.

Yes, I do believe that if I had my own personal photographer to capture our life right now, I think we'd have a bunch of pictures of me with those little cartoon puffs of smoke coming out of my ears.

In church a couple weeks ago as my kids were busy seemingly needing to be suction-cupped to some portion of my body at every angle and had yanked up my skirt for the tenth time in a row with their shenanigans and Lucy kept letting out her "chewbaka" yowl in the middle of the most quiet parts of the service, I tried to "go to my happy place" and remember that there are many joys in having children. Now, what were they again???

And then a "tender mercy" came along as Grace, with her vice-grip on my arm snuggled in as close as humanly possible to my side, looked up in my eyes and whispered, "I can't wait 'til I'm a Mom." with all the conviction and love in her voice you could imagine.

Well, that snapped me out of my impatience and my heart melted into those dark brown eyes of hers...

...for at least three minutes until another yowl came from Lucy, and someone spilled the colored pencils out all over the hard-wood floor.

But thank goodness for those little "tender mercies" to get us through sometimes!

19 comments:

...................................Kim.......................................... said...

This post is exactly why I love to blog. It feels wonderful to have a sisterhood of striving but imperfect mothers, to "rub shoulders with". Knowing that I'm not the only one that has lost my patience a time or two or 52. My girls have granted the same tender mercies to me. I loved this post, as I enjoy most of your posts.

Jenny Bay said...

It's nice to know I'm not the only mom who loses her patience!

My Many Coloured Days said...

Love knowing we're all in the same rocky boat of motherhood - where emotions and feelings rage and yet those tender mercies keep us steady. Thanks for your words.

For the Love of Naps - Sarah said...

Love your honest posts. Makes me feel normal :)
Have a great weekend!

Eyrealm said...

LOVE IT!

Love Being a Nonny said...

How could we EVER have enough patience? Your children KNOW you love them. That is a good thing to be able to say with confidence. Love covers a LOT of things.

Ruth H. said...

What IS it about those towels on the floor? Right under the super-easy-to-hang-towels-onto hooks, too! We have them at my house, too.

MaryClaire said...

i L.O.V.E. this post! thank you!

Cardalls said...

We had our book club last night and reviewed your book. The best part was we had such an honest discussion about motherhood...the hard parts and the joyful parts. It was refreshing to talk with a large group of women the reality of it! Thanks for the inspiration!

Ashby said...

If you are deficient in patience these days you'd never be able to tell! You are one put together momma and I totally admire that about you! I also admire how honest you are about those little frustrations with motherhood. I think we all feel it at one point or another but are too afraid to say anything. Can I just put a ditto on my blog and refer everyone over to yours?!

anne said...

Oh so true..thanks for sharing... we will look back on those hairy carey moments and laugh one day... well, maybe not about the soggy towels on the floor...but we might miss them..or ..not... thanks for sharing..you are such a wonderful mommy...

Busy Mama said...
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Busy Mama said...

I only learned of you 2 weeks ago at TOFW and I can't tell you how much you have inspired me! Your talk at the conference was wonderful! As soon as I got home, I had to look up your blog. I have read it every day since. You somehow put into words exactly how I am feeling. Thank so much for sharing yourself and your wonderful ideas with us. I hope to be the amazing mom you are one day!

And by the way, if you could somehow tell me where you got your watch, I would sure appreciate it. It is so beautiful! I have been looking for a nice watch forever and have not been able to find one I love. I saw yours at the conference and it is exactly what I am looking for. I would appreciate any details you could give me. :)

Carin said...

Very timely! Thanks for keeping it real!

1 Funky Woman said...

Sometimes I think they know just what we need, they can feel it. My daughter does the vice grip every night in bed, so I won't leave. Its amazing how much they love us but at the same time she tries my patience!

Cute post, thats why I love coming back to you!

Megan

mommy of Five said...

we have to catch up..i need to read more of your posts....i moved my blog to www.theyrablessing.blogspot.com you will have to read it....we had our 5th at the end of December...
it's so nice to know that I'm not the only only one who has days just like you blogged about today!! thanks for being honest!! please give litle Lu a hug from me..

Sonja said...

I just can't imagine you being impatient! Thanks for sharing and being real.

Pam said...

Thanks for keepin it real!

meeks said...

Beautifully written. I can totally relate! You must be doing something right, if your daugther looks forward to being a mother.

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