Thursday, February 9, 2012

The kind of day I'm having

 Knitting, coffee, Dove chocolate (thank you hunny)...
 ...a nice view, a warm fire, a pudgy baby playing music with kindling....
 ...a big girl curled up under a quilt reading "Life in Ancient Mesopotamia" (they are loving the Tapestry of Grace)...
...and the playful noises filtering in from the porch.

Now I could change my perspective and tell you that at this very moment that lovely wood bowl full of fossils and pine cones is all over the floor, that I bumped my coffee just after I took that picture and all three of those pretty doilies are now soaking in the sink, that by the time I got back to the coffee it was only luke warm but I drank it anyway, that I still haven't got a chance to eat that chocolate, that the playful noises quickly turned to screaming because Maddie busted her lip, that not one row has been knit or purled on that cardigan today, that my ears are aching again (I guess the antibiotic shot just didn't get all of the infection), that I'm worn out because I haven't slept in over a week because my sweet babe is teething, that my middle two children seem to be at war this week......Yes, I could sit and think on allllll that, but how would I feel if I focused on that? Frustrated? Angry? Done? Defeated? Yep. So on days (and weeks) like this, I make it a point to CHOOSE the kind of day I'm having. Today I choose to focus on a few moments when everything was going great, on the fact that Molly is cooking lunch so that I don't have to, on the breakthrough that happened this morning when Tim got up and did his school start to finish without even being told, on how much better today is for Claire (yay! We finally have a tooth!), on the upcoming date night with Ben (I love having things to look forward to), on Maddie loving to french braid my hair and me LOVING to have my hair played with, on how much the kids are getting out of the new homeschool curriculum (Tapestry of Grace) and how they are soaking it up like little sponges, on the fact that I just found out that my sis is having a BOY so I have a new nephew to knit for! You see? It's all in the way I CHOOSE to look at it. I've said over and over, that this mothering gig is tough stuff sometimes, but just like Molly said this morning as we cleaned up after breakfast "Babies are a lot of work, but they are worth it ain't they mama?" Yes love. It's a lot of work, but it's the most worthwhile thing I will do in my lifetime. I really hope that you have a great day today too! xo, Sam

8 comments:

Sew a Word in Edgewise said...

That's so important! What you choose to focus on is your reality. And when you look at those pictures a few months or even a week or two from now, all you will remember is those beautiful moments.
Have a nice day :)

Robin Hart said...

That was my day yesterday. Luckily I also looked at the positive and it was much better. I owe you an email!!

Anonymous said...

Thankyou again for another lovely post. Please keep sharing, as your view on life makes me smile.

kee said...

Such a great post: very reassuring. Wish I'd written it myself, but wouldn't have put it so eloquently. Your perspective on life is uplifting, Samantha.
Thank you and God bless your lovely family!

Emily Monarch said...

Samatha, I love reading your blog and your perspective on being a mom. Thanks for sharing!

andreak said...

Well that is just an awesome post! Now we have more in common than knitting, crocheting, sewing and homeschooling-We have used Tapestry for 8 years and I still love it! You all are doing Year 1 and we are too. I only have a dialectic student this year because my older ones are in college or getting ready to graduate high school. So glad you are choosing to look at the positive. You sure have cute kiddos!

Verbum Sap said...

Do you ever sell your doilies?

cheftracilyn said...

Hey Sam! I just wanted to drop you a note. I really enjoy your blog, I think you are an amazing mom, wife and woman in general! You are truly a blessing to me just from your post alone (not to mention all the stories Mrs. Patsy tells mom and she tells me)! I took your post from February 9th and cut out all the pictures and script to make a little scrapbook and passed it around to all the ladies at work to gain a little bit of prospective! Anyway, keep up the good work! God Bless you!!! Much Love ~ Traci Silloway