Monday, June 7, 2010

One I'll Remember

There are moments in my motherhood journey that I'd like to forget.

The time I walked into the nursery and found the contents of a diaper smeared on the bed, the walls, and the door - and was greeted by a smiling toddler who was grinding it into a perfect rainbow in the carpet by opening and closing the door. And, my husband was out of town.

The time I foolishly let go of a tiny little hand so I could open the car door, and that tiny little hand, along with the rest of his tiny little body, darted across a crowded parking lot and into the street.

The time I sat on a mall bench with a starved, screaming newborn, and two unhappy, overtired toddlers, tears streaming down my face that perhaps my desire for a big family was doing me in - once and for all.

BUT.

There are moments like these.

The ones that make my heart want to leap out of my chest.

When the middle of the night blowouts, the tantrums, the cereal-covered kitchen floor, the piles of laundry, the sore boobs, sore feet, and sore back all pile up to a mount of nothin'.

When the discipline, the repeated lessons, the gentle guiding, the thousands of prayers - oh, the prayers - that my husband and I pour into the lives of our children pay off in a glorious display of God's work of grace in their little lives.

And, when our mistakes and shortcomings as parents, tears and pain, failures and botched lessons can't hold a candle to the joy we feel when watching our precious little ones live out what we're teaching them.

Moments like these...


8 comments:

  1. Love those moments too! Precious picture.

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing this but sharing it in a way that was real.

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  3. That's adorable! Love it! Oh, I can't wait to have kids one day...

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  4. Ahhhhh Sarah! That picture is priceless! SO adorable.
    I think you should frame it and hang it somewhere that you will see everyday as a constant reminder of what this post is all about :)

    I found myself nodding along, smiling and relating to everything you wrote (even the "diaper finger paint" eww eww eww!)

    Loved this post Sarah!
    One of my favorites for sure :)

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  5. That is so sweet! I love the photo, and what you said in your post is so true!

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  6. Awww, that is so precious! Next time they are beating up on each other, pull out this picture and be reminded of their love and care for each other.

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