Friday, February 26, 2010

"If you don't have anything nice to say...."

"....Don't say anything at all." Lately, if I were to live by that rule, I would have to become a mute.

I'm a summer baby. I love warm weather, long days, and fun with friends in the great outdoors. The dead of winter brings out the worst in me. The devil knows the way to my heart is to combine frigid temps and five children who are all getting over various viruses. Mix sleepless nights in with cabin fever and I become a screaming banshee.

Patience is a virtue. Unfortunately, virtues are HARD for me.

At the end of the day, when the house is finally quiet, I ponder some of life's tough questions... How does one learn that he is Olympic Curling material? Will Simon really retire after this season of American Idol? How does my house get so messy in one day? Then, after I pick the house up a little and turn off the tv, I force these shallow and meaningless thoughts out, and let the truly hard ones in.... How are my children going to remember ME? My parenting? How I handled cabin fever and RSV + stomach viruses + sleepless nights? What haunts me is the fact that they won't remember having RSV, stomach viruses or keeping me awake all night. All they will remember is my tone, my screeching about toys always being in the floor, and how I threw the same type of hissy fits that I fussed at them to quit.

With the promise of March coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb, I too am making a promise.... To quit taking these sweet moments for granted. To freeze them just this way in my memory and appreciate each day for what it holds. 'Cause even "stuper-huros" need a do-over from time to time.

While living on testosterone-overload may try my patience... also fills my heart with joy and love.
And to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

-Ephesians 3:19-21


The Mundies said...

Hey Holly! Thank you for the sweet comment! Did Amanda Dyer do the professional pictures on your blog? They are so good! She is doing some maternity ones for me next weekend.

Cortney said...

You are most definitely right... I need to stop complaining about life and start enjoying every single minute of it. Thanks for the reminder! (Now, can you send out another reminder next week? and the next? and the next?) : )

Dixie said...

Holls, I have tears in my eyes! They are not even my children, but just looking at the collage of pics makes me realize your little boogers are growing too fast! Love them all!

Love, L
p.s. Love the batman/spiderman shirts pic!

Runnin' Mommy said...

You are too hard on yourself. You are HUMAN. I know, I know what you mean but I look at you and think I want to be a Mom like THAT. I want to be a Mom who isn't uptight, who has FUN with her kids, who is REAL to her kids, who knows when she needs to send them outside to take 5 deep breaths before she has one of them run back in and ask for juice. You are a great Mom! The best part of this is that despite already being a great Mom, you still want to be better. I want to be a Mom like THAT!