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Monday, April 19, 2010

.Momentous Monday.

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I am excited to continue this Momentous Monday blog hop. It was so successful last week, and I anticipate that it will be as successful this week. Momentous Monday was born out of my desire to cherish the everyday moments and to be intentional about them. If you would like to read more details please click here.

Thursdays are a bit rough in our home. With Jim taking on his new role as a pastor, I have tried to be more hospitable and open our home more than I have in the past. This has been a huge, unexpected blessing. However, with the blessing, I feel a bit more burdened to make sure our home is guest ready, and to rearrange our schooling schedule on some days - I am learning to just be more flexible with things in general. Thursdays are busy, because I usually have a guest over mid-morning, and in the evening we spend together at our best friends' home. Cadi's schooling has to be done before our guest arrives, along with housework, and lunch prep, and sometimes dinner prep - my best friend & I rotate Thursday dinners - this Thursday was my turn. This past Thursday seemed to be even busier than normal for some reason.

Cadi and I finished school, and I finished the cleaning - which included washing windows - a task I really dislike. Then Scotty awoke a bit early from his nap. I brought him downstairs, situated the children in the toy room, and went about some other tasks that I had to accomplish. Only a few moments later I walked into the living room, and I saw this on my freshly washed living room window.

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And I have a confession to make.

I grew angry in my heart.

I was not intentional.

I was not purposeful.

I did not look at that hand print smudged on my newly washed window, and think oh my children are a blessing.

I thought something quite the opposite, and I am ashamed.

But this was my Momentous Moment, because after the incident passed, after I grumbled and complained I realized what I had done.

And I do not want to do it again. Even in the difficult moments I want to see the blessings, the glorious, and I want to see them right then, in that moment.

The next time I see a smudged hand print on my newly washed window, I want to marvel over the child that curiously pushed his or her hand and nose against the glass to peer into the great big world outside. I want to look at that sweet child as a blessing, and a daily reminder of God's love for me. I keep trying to learn this lesson. I keep telling myself these years are so short, and soon I will have clean windows, spotless floors, organized rooms....and a much too quiet home.

This time with my children is just a vapor, and so is my life.

The smudges will not matter in light of eternity, but these precious darlings, oh they do matter, and they will matter.

It's time I treat them that way.



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12 comments:

Heather said...

Tiffany, this post is really touching. I have been there myself, when I think something that is not intentional or purposeful as a mommmy. What you said you should have thought is beautiful. It is so true that all too soon our homes will be clean and organized and we won't have precious, small hands and feet to make messes.
Thanks for this post!
My post is scheduled to go up at noon. :-)
~Heather

croleyc69 said...

What a great post. I know there are times I get upset as a Mommy over little things and shouldn't. I remember my Mom getting upset when we were young about the swing set in our little yard and the grass being worn out. Dad told her someday the grass will be here and the kids won't. I always remembered that.
Have a great day !!!
Caroline

Alisia K said...

lovely post.
about real life. :)
God bless on your
homeschooling journey.
i was there for over 5 year.
lots of work, and lots of fun.:)
...thank you so much
for the sweet comment on my blog. :)
have a lovely day!
xx

Linda said...

Oh the beauty of a lesson learned (:>) I think we have all had those kinds of moments. Thank you for reminding us what is really important sweetie.

That was really a "Momentous Moment"!

Kristine said...

Wow, I love this post! I can remember so many times as a young mother when I was faced with this kind of situation and not had the presence of mind to realize it was indeed a moment in time that did not matter! I wish someone had told me that back then, but am so glad to hear it now. Thank you!

MamaBear said...

I love your honesty Tiffany! We've all been there!

liz said...

You are going to need to make all your M.M. posts into a book for your kids!

GlowinGirl said...

I can really relate to this -- the desire to impress others with a beautiful, well-kept home has sometimes over-ruled the grace I should have for my children. Perspective, focus, gentleness . . . all these things I need God's help to keep.

Thanks for your kind comments at Sugar Tails. How good to "meet" a like-minded friend.

cooperkelly4 said...

Oh I love your heart in this post and I can soooo relate. I created a blog for just the same reasons...to take stock of the moments God gives me. It has really helped change my perspective throughout my day. I am a pastor's wife too and it can be challenging (to say the very least!), but you are already ahead of the game just by being yourself. =0)

http://lovinglifeslittlemoments.blogspot.com

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

Oh no, I missed it :( I was going to link up, and I'm too late. I'm sorry.

Wow, I can absolutely relate to this. But fortunately, I am also aware, and can be more purposeful in appreciating and loving every moment with my children. Thank you so much for your honesty, Tiffany. It helps to know I'm not alone.

~*Michelle*~ said...

My house is usually upside down, we have homeschooling projects all over...(and we are in the middle of a construction project)....

....I never was a great housekeeper, I keep it clean, but oh so cluttery!

But it is only because I am out with my kids and working on our little farm and making the most of each day. I always tell people if they are coming to visit "us"...pop over anytime. If they are coming to visit our house, they need to make a week in advance appointment, LOL.

Great blog!

Carrie said...

The fact that you remember to wash your windows BEFORE people come over, is pretty awesome in itself. :) I am a super bad housekeeper, but I hardly ever wash my windows anyway! :)

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