Saturday, June 07, 2008

A Crazy Little Thing Called...Motherhood

There are times that, in my mind, I know I am ridiculously blessed, but I do not show it or really feel it. Many times I find myself feeling overwhelmed and frustrated and, honestly, sorry for myself. Even just writing that statement, I am ashamed that such an attitude could enter into my spirit. I have been trying and praying and trusting and winning and failing and trying again to have an eternally minded perspective concerning this place that I am in. This place of laundry and laughter, dishes and uncertainty, diapers and delight, triumphs and fears. Many times I am on "Mommy" Cloud 9 - others I wonder how we are going to survive the next 18 years (give or take a few). Should I go ahead and make appointments at Elijah House now for when they are adults? It is a crazy ride.

But, in the midst of this crazy ride, God has been so faithful to point out many blessings...little things that make it all worth while. Here are a few of the little "kisses" God has brought me from My kids recently, things that I love!

* I love that on my windowsill sits a vase with A LOT of dandelions in from a very special little boy!

* I think it is amazing that my four and five year olds know how to play chess...and quite well!

* My climbing rose bush in the back yard is completely bare of petals...up to Kylie's height!

* I love that my girls come out and spin around for their daddy and say "Am I beautiful?"

* I love that Caleb is SOOOO happy that Micah and finally play cars with him.

* I love that I rarely am in need of four munchkins are hilarious!

* I walked in the other day and Kylie and Caleb were singing opera to each other...precious!

* I love that dreams and visions are a common discussion topic in the morning - my kids are such dreamers and seers.

* Kylie is quite the "air guitar" player!

* Caleb was totally dancing in church yesterday - the man has moves!

* I love that they are somewhat addicted to "Fire Tunnels!"

I know this list is short and very uncomprehensive, - I could probably (and might) write a book about the way God showers us with his love in the form of kids...they are an amazing gift, a blessing beyond compare. Even in the midst of personal struggles and triumphs, in the midst of overwhelming odds - He is on our side! If God is for us (for my family), really, who could ever stand against us?!?!?


Tom Zawacki said...

You know a tree by the fruit it bears - beyond question you are an amazing mother, an extraordinary wife and an outstanding woman of God!

I'm impressed with you guys every time I see your family together and I love you all dearly!


Strider said...

Good post and observations (also funny comments). When we take the time to notice things, and list them, as you have, we truly see God's blessings in all these things. Check out Knitting Mania's post for Monday. It follows the same theme that you have communicated here, only it is about the trip they are on to Montana.

Hannah said...


Praising Him for His blessings, and just plain seeing His blessings in all things has the power to lift us up out of the smog :)

I love you Danni!

Demara said...

your kids sound like quite the handful but they also sound so very exciting and fun!

p.s. thank-you SO SO much for your message, that you visit and your compliment about my writing! I appreciate it SO much!! Please don't let the one comment that never took keep you from commenting AKA spitting again ;) at me. I LOVE IT! Thank-you again SO VERY much.

Nadine said...

You rock it in the mom department. I love your kids, you and Jason. You guys are a great family.

Jill said...

Oh Danni, I think all moms feel that way. I know I do...often. One minute praising Jesus for the blessings, the next asking Him 'why me?' Keep up the good work my friend!

Nikki said...

You have expressed yourself so well and probably represented the general mother population here. You are such an amazing mom and you have wonderful kids.

This Crazy Thing Called Motherhood said...

You are not alone in jumping from Cloud 9 mom to Padded Room mom...or however it was that you phrased it in your blog. ;)

Motherhood is a tough gig, but a worthwhile one. Its only natural that we are gonna have days where we feel like life has taken us the shoulders and given us a vomit-inducing twirl. But at least we have the days when life wraps us up in love too.