Maybe it's more of a chance to unravel and organize my spaghetti.
|Our impromptu New Year's Photo|
And my next words are SERENITY and SERENDIPITY. Simply put I want to work at being serene in the middle of chaos, calm when there are three littles cranking up a storm and fighting over my lap. I want to find enjoyment in the little things and not sweat the big things. I want to be more like my hubby when the girls asked for a balloon. Me? I would've blown up one for each of them. Him? No, he delighted their little hearts by blowing up 10 or so of them. What inexpensive, rapturous pleasure ! or the time Hannah asked me to make a paper airplane for her. I know from past experience..mine fall..not fly. So I sent her to her Daddy who can " do Anything!" And he didn't disappoint..he found plans on YouTube and spent the rest of the evening making and flying a whole fleet of them! Why not let them empty a cupboard to hide in? Why not let the laundry for a bit and play playdough with them? Why not smile instead of growling at them to hurry when they are picking up toys with their mouths and barking, instead of picking them up like 'normal' children? I want to learn to live more in the moment and remember that LIFE isn't out ahead somewhere, it's the here and now. It's happening and memories are being made..good or bad. Characters are being formed and little lives shaped..NOW.
And I'm rambling on and on and wonder if anyone will have read this far and no I'm not nearly done.
I'm reading the book, "Shepherding a Child's Heart" by Tedd Tripp. I'm going at it rather slowly. There's so much to learn, to digest, to put into practice. So often it's about me and my own agenda. That's so not right. "Being a parent means working in GOD'S behalf to provide direction for your children..the parent must be aware of the fact that he is God's representative to the child...If your objectives are anything other than, 'Man's chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever,' you teach your children to function to culture on its terms."
And with that comes a thought from Todd's sermon yesterday. That of: We have to Learn to Be Second in Command !" My authority isn't simply ..because I'm a parent..therefore you MUST...rather for successful Anything in life, I need to be sitting at the feet of the First ONE in Command, getting my directives from Him!
Now that I've said all that, how about the light stuff ? ! It's been awhile since I've lain awake at night pondering wedding plans, but I've been finding myself doing just that recently. I'm so excited I could jump up and down ! My best friend, my sister Loisann, is getting married and Jacob and I are to be in the bridal party.
|Anthony Witmer & Loisann Weaver|