I made myself a new blog header last night. I added my tag line under my blog name. “Random thoughts from a mom whose blessings are overflowing.”
That is what this blog is, a collection of random thoughts. Those of you who regularly read what I have to say can attest to that, right? 🙂
And, I am that mom whose blessings are overflowing. When I chose the title for this blog four years ago I had another name in mind. Yet, every variation I tried was taken, until I typed in Blessings Overflowing.
It made perfect sense when I started thinking about it. My blessings are overflowing.
When sickness hit our home last Monday I forgot how easily life can get turned upside down. Joshua had a bad case of the croup and then Joseph got it, too. When your children can’t breathe everything else gets put aside.
After several nights of little sleep, I think things are finally getting back to normal. Yet, what is normal anyway?
I have been thinking a lot about priorities and getting organized lately. I want to get to a point where the household will still run smoothly in spite of sickness.
A little more than 6 months ago I went to bed with every dish washed, nearly every piece of laundry washed (folded & put away, too), and things ready just in case that night was the night. The night I went into labor with Janna, I actually did some laundry before heading to the hospital.
Six months later, I feel like I am so far removed from the organized person I was. Why is it so hard to get everything done?
Over the years I have tried many systems of trying to be more organized. I remember 9 years ago when I only had two children, I felt the same way. Julia was three and James was one month old. I went from working full time as a teacher to being a stay-at-home mom of two. I was doing what I always wanted to do, but I felt like I wasn’t doing a very good job.
That was only the first of many times I have had those feelings. Didn’t all stay-at-home moms have the time to keep an immaculate house?
Whenever I get down on myself for not being as productive as I would like, or our house looks like a disaster site, I have to remind myself of something.
My blessings are overflowing.
But, you know what? They aren’t really my blessings. They are the blessings God has chosen to bestow on me.
How wonderful that He chose to give me a house to get messy, dishes and laundry to wash, kids to take care of, and even sickness so that I can appreciate health.
Last Sunday (right before Joshua got sick) I did something I thoroughly enjoyed and hope to get better at. I did a family photo shoot of my brother, his wife, and their little girl. It was a lot of fun and I learned quite a bit.
One thing we did was try to get a decent picture of my kids and my niece.
This picture isn’t what I was hoping for, but it is just another reminder that God’s blessings are overflowing.
See, I told you this blog was random. 🙂