Friday, May 9, 2014

What Will You Choose?

This is a repost from 2012. It's something I really need to hear this year, and I thought you might could use a refresher, too. (Oh, and just so you know, my toenails are red this year, not blue. Just keeping it real.)

Flowers from my garden for you

 "Her children will arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her..." - Proverbs 31:28
I just realized something this Mother's Day. An epiphany, if you will. ("Epiphy-what?" Anyone seen the movie "Hook"? Anyone? Ok, moving on ...)

I realized that my attitude is what makes or breaks Mother's Day. Not the gifts. Not the breakfast in bed. Not the messages of sweet love from my adorable, extremely well-behaved angels. Heh-hem.

Let me explain. Every year on Mother's Day, I get grumpy. REALLY grumpy. Because I end up doing the same thing I do every day ... cooking, cleaning, taking care of the kids ... you know, mom stuff. Sure, my hubby helps and showers me with goodies, and my boys make cute cards and give me hugs. But life still goes on, and in this house, I'm the driving force.

Because of this grumpiness, I usually have a "meh" Mother's Day. But not this year.

The first reason I can celebrate Mother's Day
This year was the best Mother's Day I've ever had. Seriously. Even better than my first one. The secret? Because I CHOSE it to be great.

I CHOSE to be thankful for my job as a wife and mommy. I CHOSE to enjoy the crazy antics of our two little boys. I CHOSE to enjoy cooking dinner, cleaning the dishes, washing the clothes. I CHOSE to spend time watching my boys play outside all day Saturday. I CHOSE to put down my iPhone and watch them splash in the kiddie pool. I CHOSE to put down the magazine so my baby could cuddle with me. I CHOSE to make eye contact with D-bug when he wanted to discuss dinosaurs for the 375th time that day. I CHOSE to laugh out loud at Beebee's attempt to make up a joke. I CHOSE to paint my toenails a ridiculous shade of blue so I would smile every time I see my toes. (OK, so that one has nothing to do with being a mom.)

I have no shame.
 Do you see a pattern here?

Now some of you have already caught on to this secret and are saying, "It's about time, woman!" But others of you (and I think there's probably more of us in this category) are still struggling with the work, frustration, and exhaustion that comes with being a mom. Don't get me wrong ... I still struggle with this on an HOURLY basis.

But let me encourage you to CHOOSE ... CHOOSE to slow down for a few minutes (don't worry -- the world won't stop, I promise). CHOOSE to look directly into your child's eyes when she wants to tell you something. CHOOSE to not freak out when he makes a mess. CHOOSE to join in when they are being rowdy. CHOOSE to thank God for the food you are cooking, the clothes you are washing, the house you are cleaning. CHOOSE to give your hubby a great big ol' smooch when you see him next. (You're welcome, men.)

The result of putting down my magazine. Isn't he sweet?!
CHOOSE to take time to enjoy your kids, your husband and your life ... because we are not promised tomorrow.

And don't forget to thank your mother ... remember all she CHOSE to do for you.

  "The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down." - Proverbs 14:1

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