3 Facts for the Day

10 06 2013

1. While I usually get a warm reception upon my arrival home, last night truly took the cake. The second I walked in the door, Chloe screams out, “Momma, can I have some of your candy?” That didn’t surprise me. She usually greets me at the door with a request for food. Who ever is there with her is willing and able to feed the child, but she just loves to ask me to serve her I guess. What did surprise me, though, was hearing Ben say, “Shhh” after her candy request. Before I could ponder it further, Chloe appeared and took me by the hand. She led me to the bookshelf. Sitting there was the largest bag of Jelly Belly jelly beans I have ever seen. It was the variety pack, and I do love some jelly bellies. There was also a pack of new pens to write with at work and elsewhere. They had a nice, soft grip and the gel ink that writes so smoothly. The best was the card, though. It was a card just because, which is my favorite kind! Inside, Ben thanked me for all the things I do for the family, and let me know he noticed. Even Chloe had signed it. The icing on the cake was when Bailey saw me. Her huge eyes lit up and she began to scream, giggle, and wave her arms about in excitement. They really made me feel special, appreciated, and loved.
2. Don’t you just love it when you brag on your kid, so they reciprocate your pride by doing the exact opposite? Yesterday I posted about Bailey sleeping 11 hours straight. She’s been doing this for almost a month, but not last night. I’m not sure why, but the baby only does this when I have to work the next day. I’ve heard other stay at home moms say the same thing. Our kids must have a club or something where they gather over milk and fruit and plan our demise. I laid Bailey down at 10, she woke up immediately. I laid down with her till 11, then laid her down. She woke up 30 minutes later. My sweet Ben did a shift, then I took over at 2. Laid her down at 2:30 am, and she woke awake. We napped together 3-5 am, but when I got in the shower, she woke again. She only cried if left alone. If in someone’s arms, she was fine. We tried letting her cry it out, but no dice. Teething? I’m not sure. When I left for work, she was crying. Poor Ben.
3. As I sat rocking Bailey before work I could feel the exhaustion pressing on me. I realized very quickly that it was going to be a long and tiring day. As I was in the shower, I asked God to give me strength to make it through the day. A song came to my mind, and I heard the lyrics, “how can I get to the end of me, and somehow still have all I need?” It certainly was a word of truth. You definitely find Him “when you fall apart.” I was talking to a co-worker today who is a new Mom. She was asking how to get her son to sleep through the night. I told her how Chloe had woke every two hours until she was 9 months old, and then she still woke every four. I told her how I worked 5 days a week back then. “How did you manage?” she asked. I can only infer that it was God. He somehow got me through it. There’s so many things you think you can’t do, until you do. I never thought I would be able to handle loosing a parent, but I did. God gives us the strength to persevere, whether the big stuff, or something small like making it through a 12 hour shift on barely any sleep. I think He likes when we admit we’ve come to the end of our rope, and petition Him to take up the slack.
That is all 🙂







2 responses

10 06 2013

What a special way for Ben and the girls to show you that you are appreciated.

10 06 2013

I thought so! I have always loved stuff like that, and thankfully so does Ben.

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