Now that I am a Nana of seventeen wonderful grandkids, I have the leisure to look back at the “glory days” from a different perspective than I had when I was home in the trenches. If I could speak to that self of mine home with the littles, here are a few things I would say.
1. Repetition is a glorious thing! Enjoy the repeat performance every day.
2. Steward the events (the planned and especially the unplanned) of each day with contentment.
3. Pray more! Worry less. Much less.
4. Express thanks and praise every chance.
5. At the end of the day, never say, “I didn’t get anything done.”
And just to be fair, here are a few things I look back on with gratitude. Gratitude that God inspired us to do these things. They were far more potent than we realized at the time.
1. After-dinner reading that sometimes stretched on for hours.
2. Hot towels from the dryer after baths.
3. Jammy rides for ice cream and a visit to grandparents.
4. Open tap on the milk in the fridge.
5. Bedtime songs and stories.
6 thoughts on “Mothering Flashback”
Can I request more blog posts along these lines? I know it’s just the same things you’ve been telling us all along (grin–what was that you said about repetition?) but this format is such a helpful reminder for the every day.
I agree with Michal. More blog posts like this please. They are so refreshing and encouraging. Thank you for taking the time to share your heart.
Thank you for this. I enjoy your posts. I especially appreciate your advice to pray more and worry less.
It is funny that you mention the hot towels from the dryer. I believe I read that in one of your books on Motherhood. Then last week, when I was reading “Dandelion Fire” to the kids, Henrietta lists hot towels from the dryer as one of the things she misses from home. I knew where it came from! Such fun.
God bless you all.
Yes! The hot towels! We were living in a small duplex when the kids were little that had the washer and dryer in the bathroom, so it was easy to warm them up while someone was in the tub. Fun times!
These are exactly the kind of things I always want to ask a mother who’s run her child-rearing race well– thank you! More stories needed here, I think… 🙂
I’m going to guess that the “open tap on the milk” statement is just a figure of speech…sadly, because I would LOVE to have an actual dispenser on the fridge for milk since my little boys are drinking it constantly! 😉