I am reminded again today how blessed I am to be a stay at home mom.
There are many days that are hectic, busy and I get overwhelmed....many days that I wish I had somewhere else for either me or all these kids to go for just an hour.....but the many, many benefits outweigh all those times.
While many working mothers struggled to get their kids up, dressed and to the sitter so that they could go to work I woke up at 7 a.m. and spent an hour snuggling a cuddly baby and sleepyhead toddler. I watched cartoons on NickJr. and played kick ball (yes, in the house). I washed laundry and was reminded of how thankful I am to have a dryer (I don't yet feel up to hanging things out on the line). I made a nutritious lunch (tacos) and cleaned up the kitchen - thankful again for a dishwasher. I was able to do my cleaning tasks while Abby was napping and Bear was hugging on daddy.......working around the needs of my babies rather than someone else's schedule. This afternoon we are going to spend a much needed afternoon with Grandma - the spring planting is finally done!
I know that not everyone is able to stay at home.....I didn't when Lee was a baby. However I am grateful every day that my husband is able to provide fully for us......I am reminded to be content when there are projects that don't have the funds to be completed (my imaginary front porch and garage for example). I know how easily these years will speed by. I am thankful that I am able to be the one to get Lee up for school and be here (or where ever he is) when school and sports are over. I am thankful for yet another year to homeschool Greg. I am thankful for silly games of hide-and-seek with Bear and snuggle times with sweet little Abigail.
Thank you, God, for blessing our family so richly!