Friday, December 12, 2014

Turn Around

^Picture from our Christmas ornament workshop at West Elm

I have way too many flaws as a mother to count.  However, I think one of my strengths as a mom is that I genuinely love being around my children.  I like taking them places, playing with them, talking to them, everything.  Wherever I go, they go because I enjoy their company, and like experiencing things with them.  I think this trait comes from my own mother who I feel genuinely enjoyed (enjoys) being with me and my siblings (me, most of all, of course...#favoritechild) ;)

This past week, though, I haven't been my best self.  Maybe a combo of being a little too busy, Noel in exams (bless his heart, he's working so hard, but he's almost done with this semester!), me being gigantic...I'm not sure. 

Anyway, a few nights ago, I was done being the gets mad at everything mom, because that's not me, and I didn't want it to be me.  I prayed so hard that I would just go back to enjoying their sweet selves, that I would slow down, not worry about the 17 piles of laundry placed all around my house, and just relax.

I have to tell you...the next day was a great day...and I feel like things have finally turned around to how they're supposed to be.  I was very aware of *them*...not about things that needed to get done. We had a huge service project in the morning, we ate their favorite lunch, took an early shower, played, read, talked, (made a game out of cleaning), and it was a really wonderful, normal day.

It's incredible that our Heavenly Father not only knows us and hears us, He also wants us to be happy and to enjoy life.  

I hope y'all are enjoying your Christmas season and that you have a wonderful weekend!

10 comments :

rebeccalately said...

You are an amazing mom, Ashley! Your boys are so blessed to have you. I know what you mean -- sometimes I am that 'gets mad at everything' mom. Taking a step back to remember the important things helps!

Emily said...

So weird that you're your mom's favorite child and I'm my mom's favorite child, too! ;) I feel the same way, but about my students. I very much love being around them and feel so grateful to be around children all day...however I have felt myself losing my patience a lot recently and that's not the kind of teacher I am! I've been praying lots and lots. I love reading all about you being a mom! A fantastic mom, at that.

Kayla MKOY said...

I just love your honesty, and seriously? You're the best momma ever. I swear! Those boys of yours are going to grow up knowing they have a mom (and dad!!) who love them more than the world and will not remember the laundry that didn't get done, but instead will remember all the fun memories you helped create with them! :)

Helene in Between said...

we certainly all have flaws but i always admire so much how you are with your children!

Sam M said...

What a wonderful post, and a testament to what a wonderful mom you are that you noticed the change and sought out to make it better.

Chelsea Mac said...

You are such a rockstar and my hero! Those sweet boys are the best (as are you!).

Chelsea
Haute Child in the City

Sienna said...

You seem like such a great mom!

Ash said...

You're awesome. The end. =)

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

Your kiddos are lucky to have you as their mommy. :)

K. Elizabeth @ YUMMommy said...

I have been here before and hated always being frustrated because I, too, enjoying being with my kids. For some of my friends, they are amazed at just how much enjoy my children's company, but my logic has always been that they grow so fast. They'll soon be in sports and hanging out with friends once they hit junior high and I want to soak up this early years.

Anyways, I'm glad God heard your prayer and restored the balance. He never ceases to amazes me and He's always on time!

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