Motherhood, Cuddles and the Three P’s

i am mom

I am the mom of a 20 year old and a 16 year old.

I’ve been known to walk down my hallway, looking at pictures of my little boys, while tearing up at the innocent little faces staring back at me. My mind goes back to all of the snuggles and cuddles…the years when I was their everything.

*Sigh* Oh, how I wish those days were still here.

Or. Do. I.

As I mentioned before, about six weeks ago my husband came home with a puppy. So. I am a mommy again, so-to-speak. And now things are coming back to me from years gone by.

You see, Echo comes to get me at 3:30 most mornings to potty. Did you get that? He comes to me. Always. He comes to my side of the bed, whimpers, and I dutifully get up and take him out. Then around 5:00 a.m. we do the same thing. It seems I remember my boys doing the this as well. They never came into the bedroom, walked to their dad’s side of the bed and told him what they needed. No. They came to me. Always.

Ah…it’s all coming back to me now. Motherhood…

Two nights in a row, the puppy threw up. Beside me. Me.  Oh yes, I remember the nights of cleaning up puke at 1:00 a.m. while my husband slept. Hmmm… Motherhood.

The other morning before daylight, Echo just needed someone. So, he got me. I shuffled into the living room trying not to open my eyes too widely so I could go back to sleep. I curled up on the couch. He jumped up beside me, placed his nose on my cheek and fell asleep with his puppy breath in my face.

How many nights was I called out of my sleep by, “Mommy?” coming from the other room? I would make my way, bleary-eyed, into the room and lay down beside my baby…as his sweet-stinky breath filtered into my nose.

Yah. It’s all coming back to me. I miss their cuddles. I miss their snuggles. I miss being their Wonder Woman. But, I have to say, I don’t miss the late nights…the three P’s (puke, pee and poop). I am ready to enjoy the new phase of life we are headed into…adulthood.

I love the men my boys are becoming.

I’ll wait for the sweet cuddles and snuggles of grand-sweeties…(It will be years, but I will wait). I’ll let their parents deal with the three P’s in the middle of the night. Bwahahaha.

In the meantime, it looks like Echo will keep me in practice.

Remember to enjoy every phase of your life. Each one comes with so many blessings. Make wonderful memories…they are treasures.

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Cliche’?

It’s been a while since I have blogged. Yesterday a thought struck me and it has managed to stay with me (I don’t always retain my thoughts!), so I thought I’d share.

It started with a saying. We’ve all heard it. The best things in life are free. Is that true? Hmm.

Three weeks ago, my NON-dog loving (all caps were used on purpose here) husband came home from work with a puppy. At first I thought it was a joke. Then I thought maybe I was dreaming. Next I moved to shock. Finally, I realized he was completely serious. A little puppy had found my husband’s heart. He was a stray and somehow, with those almost-black-eyes and little white-heart-shaped-fur-spot on his head, had melted away a piece of him.

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We did all the checking to make sure no one was missing him, and then…we adopted him.

Free. (well, minus the vet bills, food, toys, etc  )

I’ve watched this little guy over the last three weeks. He’s taught me a few things about life.

We, of course, got him some treats and healthy food. But you know what his FAVORITE foods are? The “droppings” he finds on the kitchen floor.

Free.

We bought him special toys…all kinds of toys that promised to keep him entertained. Do you know what his FAVORITE toys are? The squirrel bones he found in the back yard. The box that delivered his toys. A piece of fuzz. A piece of paper. A cricket.

Free.

We made him a couple of beds…snugly…soft…warm. Do you know where he WANTS to be? Right beside us…as close as possible. (love!)

Free.
The best things in life are free. Are they? Consider:

The scent of a baby

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A majestic sunrise

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The fragrance of the ocean

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The sound of rain

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A hug

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A smile

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A shoulder to lean on

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A child’s laughter

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Holding hands with someone you love

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A stroll in the park

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The fragrance of flowers in the spring

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A collage of autumn leaves

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Conversation

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The beauty of a fresh fallen snow

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Free.

God’s love
Jesus’ forgiveness
Acceptance
Assurance
Freedom
Rest
Peace
Joy
Hope
Salvation
Health
Healing

FREE

Enjoy the free things in your life today! They are the best things! Truly.

Jonah

Jonah.

The whale.

Brings back memories of Sunday school. But, I have been studying the book this week and I was struck by this verse. It takes place after Jonah repented and went to Nineveh where the people repented and turned to God.

Jonah 4:1-2 AMP But it displeased Jonah exceedingly and he was very angry. And he prayed to the Lord and said, I pray You, O Lord, is not this just what I said when I was still in my country? That is why I fled to Tarshish, for I knew that You are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness, and [when sinners turn to You and meet Your conditions] You revoke the [sentence of] evil against them.

Do you get what Jonah is saying here? He didn’t want to preach repentance to Nineveh because he knew if the people heeded his warnings, God would forgive them. In other words, he didn’t want God to show his grace on these evil people.

It makes me think, are there people in my life that I would rather God punish than forgive? Are there people in my life that I am unwilling to forgive? Are there people we are unwilling to pray for because we are afraid of what God might actually do for them?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Closed doors, sailed ships, and other myths…

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Wonderful blog by my friend, Marilyn. Closed doors? Missed opportunities? Build your own ship.

Originally posted on luceleaf journal:

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     For most of my life, I’ve had a love/hate relationship with process. It took me a long time to realize that process doesn’t equal failure. I used to think that if something didn’t come easily to me, as many things did when I was younger, then I must not be good at it. I didn’t understand the difference between having a natural aptitude for something and having the ability to acquire and cultivate a skill. As a result, for many years, I saw failure as a finite thing, and I also began to equate missed opportunities with failure, because I thought opportunity, also, was a finite thing. “The chance only comes around once in a lifetime.” “That ship has sailed,” etc. etc.

     I would look back on my life and see certain moments where an open door had been slammed shut, and I would wonder, what if it…

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Fourth Friday Share!

Today’s Fourth Friday Share is a place that is close to my heart. Please allow me to introduce you to Pregnancy Care Center. The work they are doing is outstanding.

Take a look at their website and consider volunteering or helping them financially.

Some of the services they offer are:

Pregnancy Testing

Ultrasounds

Coaching

Healthy Pregnancy Education

Guy Support-employment, education on issues guys face during a pregnancy, relationship courses

Choices Project for Students-in school education

ICU Mobile Unit-near two major college campuses

Pregnancy Care Center

The Truth I Want

I’ve been on a new eating plan for about a month. I got up this morning, walked to the scale and I had gained two pounds.

People.

I was discouraged.

I drug myself back to my bedroom, moping around, getting ready for work.

My cousin has a saying, “Speak those things that aren’t as though they are.” This thought went through my mind and then God spoke to me, “Have you asked Me to help you with this? Have you thanked Me for what I’ve already done and what I’m getting ready to do?” I used to have this habit of finding things in my daily life to thank the Lord for…and if I had a need, rather than telling God, I need this or I want that, I would say, “Thank You that You…”, or “Thank You for…”. That would cause my heart to focus on the positive of the situation rather than the negative.

So, today I begin again. I will speak the positive. I will speak the truth I want in my life as though it already is. I will give Him praise.

O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Sing to the Lord, bless (affectionately praise) His name; show forth His salvation from day to day.
Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples. ~Psalm 96:1-3 AMP

Your Enemy~A Word of Encouragement

What is your enemy today?

Fear? Anxiety? Stress? Illness? Money? Is there a person coming against you? What is your enemy?

Call to the Lord.

Praise Him for He is your Strong Tower (Proverbs 18:10), Counselor (Isaiah 9:6), Healer (Exodus 15:26), Comforter (John 14:26), Provider (Philippians 4:19).

God is greater than anything or anyone who may come against you.

Psalm 18:3 I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I HAVE BEEN SAVED FROM MY ENEMIES.