Friday, February 5, 2010
Hard at Play...
I'll have to go ahead and put the truth out there. Playing on the floor for long periods of time with my children doesn't come natural to me.
I was much better at it with the first child, but as we've added two other children, it has become increasingly harder for me.
I think most moms would agree that instead of celebrating the many things that we are really good at in motherhood, we seem to focus on the few things we wish we could do better.
So, I've got this choice to make. My husband is on a retreat this weekend, and I'm holding down the fort with the kiddos. Sounds like the perfect time to catch up on some much needed play time. Did I mention that it doesn't come natural for me?
We've rented movies from Blockbuster, we've bought way more junk food than 4 people should consume in 3 days, and we're anticipating a trip to a couple of our favorite parks. We've made plans to play together.
I'm going to take just a few extra minutes this weekend and soak up some much needed time with them. We're going to jump on the trampoline, dress every single one of those Polly Pockets in our house, build ginormous Lego cities, and re-arrange that doll house like we're getting paid to do it.
They're growing up fast. Lord, help me to cherish them. Help me not to feel guilty for all the things I wish I could do so much better. Help me not to compare myself to all those moms out there that I admire so, so much, who find it so easy to play with their children for hours on end. And, Lord, fill my heart with gratitude for that gem of a husband that you sent my way, who I don't appreciate near as much as I should until he's gone for a weekend. Protect him and bring him home safely. Amen.