Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Glad they're asleep

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! :)


Brooke said...

Ah, renewal for a new day... so needed! Very encouraging thoughts that I needed to read today.

I really love the shot of Ethan. Great composition! Are you feeling more comfortable with your camera and photoshop?

dave & rachel said...

I guess I am a little more comfortable...but I still have sooo much to learn. I still get out my book to edit practically everything. :) There just isn't the time to spend on it like I would like!

Thanks for your encouragement...I'm so excited to be learning!

Marcie said...

Thank you for the encouragement. There are so many lessons the Lord teaches us through raising children, thanks for bring those out. I hope your day goes well!

A & J said...

It's hard when Daddy's not around...and when you're away from home...

Andy was gone overnight this week and for some reason that day got the best of me.
I was encouraged by Rom. 15: "But we who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not just please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good to build him that through endurance and through encouragement of the scriptures we may have that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ"
(the kids being the "weak" ones:))Just as any Christian parent I want our family "to with one voice glorify God" so with endurance keep "building those kiddos up"!

I'm sure you are creating wonderful memories for your boys as you spend time with family.

Jessie said...

Praying for you-I completely understand your situation.It is hard to be without daddy for too long. The Lord is faithful. Thanks for your encouragement.
We are ready to have you back soon too.

Eryn said...

every time james is away or we away from him, i am reminded how grateful i am that i am not a single mom. i cant imagine how hard it has to be and gain new respect for those women who have to go it alone without a constant help. i am so grateful in those times for the wonderful helpmeet the lord game me.

Kim & Dave said...

Sounds so fun!!

Sister/cousin time-THE BEST, huh?

The photos are great, too, by the way!