Thursday, June 23, 2011

To the Mamas Out There...

Well, I haven't gone totally off of the map; I've simply been experiencing the life of motherhood. For the past few days (until last night), Brian and I have been the acting guardians of our two favorite preschoolers - Maddox and Hensley. You see, their sweet parents had the opportunity to get away by themselves for a few days, so we jumped in to help make that opportunity a reality.

We figured the easiest way to do this was for us to stay with them at their house. I'm still amazed at the monstrous amount of gear with which children travel. For me, I throw a few things in a bag, and I'm ready to rock and roll. But for them, you have to pack all of this stuff, in the event that it might possibly be needed. It's overwhelming to even think of all the circumstances which might require extra panties, extra shirts, extra shoes, extra shorts, extra toys, extra stuff, in general.

I love these two with my whole heart. They make me laugh, make me tired, and make me worry. I have kept the kids overnight before, but this was my first try at keeping them for several nights in a row, and my first try in keeping them in their own home.

Today, as I was thinking over my last few days, I understood so much more about the life of young mothers. I understood your concerns, your needs, and your hearts on a deeper level. I understood what you mean when you say you just want to fall into bed at the end of the day. I now get what you mean when you say that you don't feel like you have anything left to give. I understand, today, how easy it is to let God and His Word go by the wayside, not because you set out to exclude Him from your life, but because you're beat. By the time the kids are entertained, the dinner is cooked, the kitchen is cleaned, the baths are complete, the last thing you want to do is pour into His Word. I get that now.

So, these days acted as a training session for me as I work in women's ministry. I have experience in a lot of areas , but motherhood is one of those things of which I have a very limited knowledge. I'm so thankful that the Lord has used this experience to enlighten me about the life that so many women face on a daily basis.

Mamas, you have a hard, hard job. The hardest. You have my utmost respect and admiration. Thank you for the selfless service that you give to your families every single day.

And, just for fun, here are a few peaks into all of our fun adventures. These, quite possibly, are the cutest kiddos in all of the land. :)















We had the best time going to work, playing superheroes, visiting the library, going for walks, swimming, checking on the house construction, flying kites, playing on the playground, waving down the ice cream man, eating pancakes for dinner, reading stories, building blanket forts, watching movies, playing in the tub, singing in the car, bowling for the first time, playing in the tent, jumping on the trampoline, bathing the dog, playing on the computer, looking at pictures, digging in the dirt, ridding a small part of the world of ants, and...............................napping! :)




7 comments:

one of nettie's girls said...

A refreshing post. Often people who have no frame of reference for a certain situation look on and say things like "Well, if I was their mother" or "It can't be that tough". It is so true that you just don't know what it's like for someone unless you walk in their shoes for a little bit. I am so glad the Lord gave you this chance to learn firsthand.

Erin said...

Such a sweet and appreciated post, Lindsey. I agree with Verla's comment, and reading this post totally lifted my own tired spirits as a Mom! ;) I used to think it couldn't be that hard to stay home with kids, and now I know so much better...SO much better--ha! I appreciate your perspective, and I'm glad you guys had a blast together!

Waiting for Bulgaria said...

Thanks for making, a sometimes tired, mom feel great. It's a wonderful job, but somedays it's also downright hard. Thanks again.

It looks like a fun time was had by all.

Amber said...

Sweet post, Lindsey! I'm glad you had a great few days with the kiddos. Thank you for the encouragement today. It actually made me want to try a little harder at my time in God's word!

Leslie said...

I'm laying here on the couch as Riggs watches a Baby Einstein video, trying to muster up one last surge of energy to get through the evening. You just gave me that last little burst I needed!

Kathryn said...

I remember when Emily (my oldest niece who is Maddox's age) would stay the weekend with Luke and I after we got married. We would pack it tight with all things fun and after we took that sweet girl home, we would nap for 4 hours!!! Haha! I honestly think just doing it for a weekend is even more exhausting than every day life! I know they had so much fun! What sweet memories you all made and what a gift to your sister and her hubby!

Sandy said...

Wow! It sounds like it was "Kid's Paradise". I know you really blessed your sister and her husband as well as the kiddos! Bless you - Love you!