Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A Good Lesson For the Momma

I wanted them to perform tonight.


That was my first mistake.
The second one was feeding them ice cream.
I'm fairly sure that I got my just desserts; after all, I should have known how it would play out.  
They were as five puppies running around with their tongues hanging out, panting to be played with, and wagging their tails behind them.
They weren't being naughty, just a bit out of control.
They were even having fun and no one was crying!
I had to raise my voice to be heard over the din.
"Shoes on! Stand by the door!"  I hollered.
I have not yet learned the art of graciously surrendering when I am beat.
Tonight...
I was beat.
Let this be a lesson to me:
It's not about how their performance reflects upon me, 
rather how my performance reflects upon the Lord.
That and: 
when hoping for a good performance, don't feed them ice cream for heaven sakes!

4 comments:

JMB said...

I was so thrilled to see your comment on my blog. I am convienced that God moves in mysterious ways. Your words really touch me. I so enjoy reading about your beautiful family. I am 52 yrs old and my 4 children are grown and living at least 2hrs from me. However, there was a time when I dreamed of living the type of life you seem to have. You are truely blessed.
Your place in Idaho sounds like an exiting challenge. I look forward to reading about it. I am glad you found Mother Earth News to be helpful. I love too love to garden.
I am rather new at blogging but lately have been getting into it more. I love to keep journals and to me blogging is another type of journal. I don't know if mine is as interesting as yours but I have fun doing it.
I too appreciate your kind words.
Your friend,
Brenda

LindaFaye said...

I love it. It's so easy to believe that "Success" as a parent is dependent on their behavior rather than mine. There's a gold nugget for me to hang on to!

princessmama said...

So, so true. So many things in relationships are about "God and me" Not what the other person is up to, or not up to :)

LindaFaye said...

I posted a link to this post today. Good perspective on parenting. http://mamamiamcmasters.blogspot.com/2010/04/give-me-some-perspective.html