What a day! I have to say, I am so thankful that it is over. My boys kept me busy today, that's for sure. They are catching on that mom is tired, and they are using it against me! I think they are in dire need of some daddy time. :)
That's all I am going to say about that...or I might break down in tears. Dave, we miss you! And we're coming home soon!
Ruth's birthday was today - happy birthday, sister! She didn't have the easiest day ever either - thankfully we all made it through. One day at a time, right?
Mom made a yummy birthday dinner and dessert, and we caught up with our friend from college, Autumn. It was nice to just sit and talk without the clamor of children wanting attention. Do I sound a little burned out? :)
Tomorrow is a new day!
Just as an aside, one of the things I have been working on with my boys is getting them to look me in the eyes when I'm instructing them about something. They will do anything they can to look away (it is almost comical!) as if they don't have to obey until they make eye contact with me. It just struck me how often I do this with my Heavenly Father. Just like my mischievous little boys, I jerk my head around, looking everywhere BUT His eyes. I know in my head that it would be easier to look and learn from Him, but I still resist, even when I sense He is actively trying to speak to me. Is the Lord as frustrated with me as I am feeling about my little ones tonight? In spite of that, He continues to work with me. Lord, teach me what it means to be patient and merciful...
A friend encouraged me today with this verse,
Psalm 103:5, "Who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle."
That's so good, isn't it?!! I need renewal tonight, the strength to face tomorrow. All it takes is a little reflection on the goodness of the Lord in my life. And He has been so good to me. I don't nearly deserve it. These sweet, sleepy heads just a few feet away from me are a testament to His generosity; there may be tough days, but there are so, so many good days, satisifying days. I am so thankful to the Lord for loaning them to us.
One of these little loaners just snuck into my bed, so I've got some cuddling to do! This is the only good thing about not being with daddy this week - room for kids in bed! :)