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April 11, 2010

Never Boring

Life with kids is never boring. You really never know what is going to come out of their mouth. The ways that they think are so simple and refreshing! No wonder Jesus reprimended the disciples for trying to shoo them away. He too saw the simplistice faith in them. And I can imagine that He laughed at the funny things they came up with as well.
Living in a household of children there are plenty of funny moments which make the not so funny moments more bearable :) But too many times I forget or choose to be too 'busy' or 'grumpy' to cherish and value those times. There have even been things that at the moment seem disasterous but can be really funny if I would look at it through different eyes :) and a different attitude. I find this hard though, and many times I fail and get upset instead of just laughing. Now I am not talking about laughing at your child's disobedience...but rather things they do in childishness...things that they do because they don't know better.
This happened that other day with Zachary...I can't remember right now what the situation was (call it pregnant brain, or granny brain:) but I do remember he came with this horrified look on his face and just as I was ready to get upset at him...I looked at one of the older girls and instead of getting upset we burst out laughing :) And then he looked at us with this priceless look on his face... a look of "is she really laughing." Then he gave me this little grin that made my heart melt. His grin said, "I know that was an absurd thing to do and I have learned my lesson." But this was a decision I had to make. Too often, because our child's childish actions usually causes me more work or more clean up or something...I tend to get annoyed. But I am working on my response, my first response. They are learning, learning how to do things and what not to do. But more importantly they are learning character from their mama. Personally I want them to see the fruits of the Spirit in my life....patience, gentleness, kindness, self-control.....
We've had butter on the wall, kids in the bathtub fully clothed, bread over, over and over risen, gum in the hair, boots stuck in a snow bank...or worse yet, in manure, broken eggs in pockets, way too much relish made, self-done hair cuts, upside down kid with pants stuck in a tree, recipe DISASTERS.....and of course many, many more. Do I always choose to laugh at these 'happenings?' No! But I wish I would. Yes it's okay to train in these moments, but I don't think it's okay to be all grumpy about it. If you choose to laugh, you will be joyful, and so will those around you. My husband is great at this. He is able to see the funny things in many situations. Really, I am horrible at this, and many times way to serious. My husband is refreshing to be around, his laughter is contagious. Joyful people are contagious. I have learned a lot from him....I have a lot more to learn.
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones..Proverbs 17:22

5 comments:

mommyx12 said...

I can relate so well to everything you wrote. And my husband too lightens the moments for me. I think, right or wrong, but I think it's because he is the eldest child of 12 and has been there, done that whereas I am towards the end of 6 children. He is definitely the laid back guy in this house.

Amy said...

Thanks for this little reminder! It's nice to hear this kind of struggle that I go through in the eyes of one who has had many more years experience than me:)

jeremy and/or laura said...

As I am reading this, I have a 4 year old sitting on my arm, trying to see the pictures! I too have to laugh many times at what he comes up with. It's never boring.
Speaking of a 4 year old, today as we were discussing when we'll be home he said, "We absolutely must go to Aunty Rosalie's house. I love her!" See you soon!

Rebecca Pauls said...

I just want to let you know that you are doing a GREAT job and you are a wonderful example!!
I enjoy spending time at your place just living life with you guys cause you are all so fun to be around.
Between you and my Mom and I have alot to live up to, but with God's help and I want to be just like my Mothers.
Thanks you both of you for all that you mean to me!
Love Rebecca

Teena said...

I love the song on your blog. It fills me up....

I love reading your blog. We are a large family...well what most consider large. (6). My youngest is almost 7. I miss the baby days. I am 48. I always hoped the Lord would give us more....

but I am ok... looking for the day I am grandma.

Hugs...
Teena
ps sorry for rambling...