Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thankful Heart

We were having one of those days that makes you want to pull out your hair.  Babies taking short naps, five year olds talking back and three year olds spinning around in circles in the middle of the kitchen while I was cooking and putting aways dishes.  You get it - You've been there, right?  By lunch time, we had all had enough of each other.  My five year refused to clear the table because he, "had better things to do" so he was sent to his room.  I threw in the towel and put on the PBS app for my three year old and collapsed on the couch.

He chose to watch the sweet Mr. Rogers spin-off, Daniel.  We snuggled up and listened to Daniel learn about how to be grateful for all the things in his life and I was glad for the respite.  I brought him up for a nap then grabbed my baby who always seems to wake up exactly when they rest.  I decided to scoop her up and appreciate the one on one time with my spunky little girl.

A few hours later, my three year old came down the stairs with his hair sticking up in all directions.  He walked over to me and sunk down into my lap, still heavy with sleep.  "Mama," he said.  
"Yes, love?"
"I been thinking about it and I so thankful for everything you do."
In that moment, all the stress of the day disappeared.  "Thank you, my sweet boy.  You just made my day.  You don't have any idea how much Mommy needed to hear that.  I love you."
"Love you too," he answered as he wrapped me in a bear hug.

I read today that Jesus leaves beautiful moments for you to discover each and every day.  That was one of those moments.  I picked it up and held it close to my heart.  I will treasure those words always.  

If you are a parent, please know that they are grateful.  They are grateful that you buy them their favorite snacks at the grocery store.  They are grateful that you wake up at all hours of the night to fix their bad dreams/tummy aches/fevers/coughs/fears.  They are grateful that you love them unconditionally.  They are gateful for you.

Happy Thanksgiving to you are your family.  Sending love to you today!

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