Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Delight In Him, Delight In Them

The house is finally quiet after a full day of running and laughter and Fall festivities.

Motherhood continues to prove to be a full time job, times 100, just like all those seasoned mothers told me it would be :). Lately, I have heard myself often say, "I can't really get anything done because they are always needing me...they're always on top of me!"

I love that they need me, I would venture to say that that is one of the best feelings as a mother. But it does get kind of hard to juggle everything else at the same time, yes?

The housework has gotten behind, and I have washed the same load of laundry 3 times in the past 2 days. You should see the toys all over the basement floor, the crumbs under my kitchen table, the dishes that are piling up, and the baskets of laundry that are begging to be folded and put away.

You should also see this time consuming gift...

And maybe hear the joy that comes from these kiddos that are so full of life and other things that are so much more important than my sticky kitchen floor.

They may not see how hard I work or how it frustrates my mommy heart that I am falling behind on all things housework, but they do know how much I love them. And that is whats important these days. I like my house, but I love the people in it. So I'm going to take care of them first.

They aren't the interruption, everything else is.

They send me to bed at night pretty worn out. But in that tiredness, I know that I have given all I could to them that day, and I think that is essentially my job. During the day as I think of my to-do list I keep praying, "help me to delight in them, not in a perfect home."

Delight in Him, delight in them. Not in other things that can wait.

It's my motto on these long (but oh so rewarding) mommy days :).


Mama D's Dozen said...

So. Well. Said.

You are doing exactly what the Lord has called you to do.

One of my favorite poems, as a young mama, that hung on my wall, ended like this . . .

"So quiet down cobwebs,
dust go to sleep.
I'm rocking my babies,
and babies don't keep."

Keep rocking those babies . . . the laundry and dishes will never end . . . but these little ones will, sadly, grow up one day.


Laurel :)

Sarah said...

I love this post. Honestly, as long as I'm semi-caught-up on dishes and laundry, I never care what the rest of our house looks like, unless people are coming over (which happens at least once a month, so I suppose it at least it gets cleaned 12 times a year). :) Showing our kids we love them and care about what's happening in their lives is so much more important!

victoria said...

Cooking & Cleaning can wait until tomorrow
For babies grow up we've learned to our sorrow

This was hanging in my mother's kitchen when I was a kid....it works for the cleaning but they still need to eat. I am right with you Mama and I only have 4.