This morning was one of those mornings.
I woke up to my husband telling me we didn’t have enough bread to make sandwiches for everyone for lunch. So I drove down to the bakery only to remember that they don’t have EFTPOS and I didn’t have any cash in my purse. I quickly found an ATM, got some cash out and went back to the bakery to get some bread.
I rushed back home to find all three of my kids awake which means they start demanding things from me, not allowing me to get ready for the day myself. (Normally my youngest sleeps till 8… I know I am lucky). While sorting out breakfast and making lunch for my hubby and oldest two kids I got a text message from my mum saying that Landon, my 9 year old, had left his shoes at her place last night and she would come and drop them off for me before school.
My husband then asked me to move my car because it was blocking his car in the garage and he had to leave for work early to get petrol on the way. After moving the car for hubby and wolfing down some breakfast of my own I realised that I had forgotten to fix my daughters bathers from swimming last week and she had a lesson at 9:30am. I got out a needle and thread and quickly did an average job on fixing her bather straps while giving instructions to my boys about getting ready for school which included get-off-your-iPod-and-stop-tormenting-your-sister, during which time my mum dropped off my eldest’s shoes.
I finally managed to get everybody ready to walk out the door to go to school when one of my sons started panicking because he couldn’t find his trading cards that are the fad at the moment (I lose track of which ones are in… I think it was Pokémon this week.) I convinced him that it was more important to get to school than to take the cards and we all got out the door in time to walk to school with our neighbours, leaving the breakfast dishes in the sink to be done when I got back from swimming.
I sit here at my computer thinking about this morning and I realise that even in the everyday craziness God is good to me. He gives me the wisdom and the strength I need to get through each day. He provides for me. He has blessed me with a loving husband, three gorgeous healthy kids, loving parents and great neighbours.
Even if I perceive life to be crazy or messy, God turns it into something beautiful. He has helped me to realise from the craziness of this morning that I am loved and surrounded by people that I love in return.
Mums, I want to encourage you. If you have had a crazy morning like me, or you feel like you have accomplished nothing in the day, or you have had a battle with your kids getting to sleep – take the opportunity to think about all of the positives and blessings that God has provided for you. It may just help you realise that you are loved too.
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.” – 1 John 4:7
South Western Victoria