Several of you made me laugh out loud and I was encouraged in the fact that we, as mothers, understand one another and are walking a very similar road to one another. It is a blessing to have others who "get" us and who can support us along the way.
The next day went much better. We had planned to go to Bible Study at church for the first time in months and Emily woke with a cough and Samuel was coughing terribly. So, our plans changed. Emily requested pancakes and that is how our morning began.
Emily wanted to sit up on the kitchen counter and watch me cook - which turned into her helping some and Rachel sitting on the counter too. It was fine - we had fun and I did not lose my patience. I did set more limits and only allowed one helper at a time. I tried to think of little things they could do to help.
We made piggy pancakes and we tinted the batter pink, a huge hit with the pink-loving-ladies! Fixing this breakfast and enjoying it together took us until nearly 9:30! But, that was ok - we were together and enjoying being together. It was good.
The ladies played with play dough at the table while I cleaned up the kitchen and then we headed outside to work on the garden (not planting yet, but putting a walk way in) and they played so wonderfully together for an entire hour. I was thanking God as I worked in the garden for the way they were playing and for the blessing of a day going smoother than the one before.
Jamie sent me this prayer from The Power of a Praying Parent which fits perfectly with the struggles I shared ~
I submit myself to You. I realize that parenting a child in the way You would have me to is beyond my human abilities. I know I need You to help me. I want to partner with You and partake of Your gifts of wisdom, discernment, revelation, and guidance. I also need Your strength and patience, along with a generous portion of Your love flowing through me. Teach me how to love the way You love. Where I need to be healed, delivered, changed, matured, or made whole - I invite You to do that in me. Help me to walk in righteousness and integrity before You. Teach me Your ways, enable me to obey Your commandments and do only what is pleasing in Your sight. May the beauty of Your Spirit be so evident in me that I will be a godly role model. Give me the communication, teaching, and nurturing skills that I must have. Make me the parent You want me to be and teach me how to pray and truly intercede for the life of this child. Lord, You said in Your Word, 'Whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.' (Matthew 21:22) In Jesus' name I ask that You will increase my faith to believe for all the things You've put on my heart to pray for concerning this child."
Anyway, I am thankful for the blessings of hard days which draw me closer to God and the blessing of easier days which are such an encouragement to me.
Incidentally, the carrot cake was delicious (though I am the only one who likes it) and we redeemed the opportunity by frosting them and decorating with a huge number of sprinkles! Emily even said at the end, "this is fun!" Thank You, Lord...