I was in need of some sort of treat after that craziness, which was so out of the ordinary for my sweet but strong willed son. So, I took little Miss M on a date to the coffee shop. I let her pick out a donut for us to share. I got a chai, and she had a milk. She was wearing an adorable little dress, and her hair was in piggy tails with bows to match her dress. M was so darn cute, and was absolutely golden on our outing. (I wished I had my camera with me!) As we sat there enjoying our snack, I realized this was the first time I'd actually done something fun like this just her and me. It was a special time for both of us. After our treat, we went to the boring store and I got all my groceries without any fuss. I was thanking God for my daughter, and showering her with kisses and praise as we shopped. I arrived home refreshed and feeling merciful toward my son. He was in a much better frame of mind, apologized, and all was forgiven. He even got to go to Costco a few days later, and he was very well behaved!
Later on Tuesday, I had time to process all that had happened. I realized that my "to do" list for the morning had been to get groceries and make a healthy dinner for my family. Instead, the Lord was asking me to take the morning to teach my son how to be considerate of others and to respect and obey his parents. Parenting can be tough, especially when the misbehavior is on display for the general public at the grocery store. But, parenting is what I'm supposed to be doing in this season of my life. Every day it stretches me. I make a lot of mistakes. Often I feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities on my shoulders. However, God is teaching me that He will give me the grace and strength to be a mom. The main thing is, I need to ask for His help. I just finished reading Kisses from Katie (by Katie Davis), and her story has been a great reminder to me that we can do amazing things with God's help. Well, I've gotta run... there's a little lady down the hall that just started crying in her crib. (It's 9:40 pm, and she's still awake!)
|My family...blessings each and every one.|