Thankful Thoughts – My Kids

Thankful Thoughts ChristmasToday I can’t help but write some thankful thoughts about my kids.

Last Friday I was horrified to hear the news of yet another school shooting.  Because I have two kids in elementary school, my very first thought was “those could be my kids.”

I was the second in car line to pick my kids up that day.  I couldn’t wait to hold them and sniff them and tell them how I treasure them.  It was all I could do to keep myself from checking them out of school early, just to be with them that day.

It hurt.

Honestly, I’ve avoided all sources of news since Friday.  We’ve watched Netflix and Amazon videos.  I’ve avoided the radio. I’ve stayed off twitter and (for the most part) Facebook.

It feels like the whole thing has sucked the words right out of my fingers.

I have more questions than answers right now.  But here’s what I do know.

Today is precious.  There is no way to know what the future holds – ever.  Instead of parking my kids in front of a distraction, I want to treat them like the priority that they are.  I want to play with them, talk with them, and spend time experiencing life with them.

I can’t live in fear.  Walking around playing “what if” scenarios in my head just sucks the joy out of life.  I just can’t live that way.  The world is still full of good people.

Ultimately, I’m not in control.  I can’t even keep my checkbook balanced or my spice rack organized.  Most days, I lose my keys and my cell phone at least once.  I am definitely not qualified to be in charge of the universe.  The funny thing is, I act like I think I am!

The truth is that God is in control.  Even when bad things happen, God is still a loving God and he still is in control.  As humans, we have free will.  That means that people do stupid and hurtful stuff that isn’t God’s plan.  When they do, God is there to pick up the pieces and help us make sense of things.  Even when we can’t fathom the why.

I need to hug my kids.  A lot.

Even though they may disagree, it’s still OK to sniff on them and imprint that precious clean boy smell in my brain.

I will never ever regret ignoring the dirty dishes in my sink in order to have a tickle fight.

After I hold them tight, I need to let them run free.  It’s ok to pray for their safety – a lot – but they need to be free from my fears.

My kids are an amazing blessing in my life.

 (my husband is too, for much the same reasons)  

Here’s what I am most thankful for today.

My kids have taught me profound lessons about love, about the character of God, about patience, about life.  It is through them that I’ve gained confidence in my own abilities. I’ve learned self-sacrifice, self-control, and self-confidence because I’m a mom.

Before kids, I didn’t think it was possible to give away the last piece of chocolate in my secret stash when I have PMS.  Now, I know it is.  I did it.

Without kids, I routinely missed out on the big amazing world we live in.  I never noticed sunsets or bugs laying eggs on my doorway or how cute baby turtles can be.  I was oblivious to the sound of raindrops on my car and how they sing songs when you listen.  I never questioned how birds can tell time.  Now I do.

Before kids, I struggled to see how my life had purpose or meaning.  My career was focused on helping people be more efficient  and that just didn’t seem that important.  I now have the most important job in the universe.  I shape the future.

With kids, my world is complete.  Life is richer and sillier and more fun.  Yes, it’s messier too.  Somehow, that’s part of the charm.  There’s always a kid around when I need an excuse to eat cookie dough or squish my toes in the mud or chase lizards through the woods.

I am so thankful for my kids.  I’m thankful I’m the mom they have taught me to be.

Go hug your kids.  Hold them tight and tickle them.  Then pray for them and let them run free.

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://thishappymom.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/DSC_0036.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Houston Mom Blogger Susan Baker has a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood. She has two elementary school boys, one engineering husband, and one cat. She has a strange fascination  for eggs, socks, and books.  She spends far too much time on Social Media and at Target. She is crazy in love with her family.  She serves an amazing God.   She lives an ordinary life filled with wonder. [/author_info] [/author]

 

 

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I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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