Raising children can be the most exhausting, frustrating job in the whole world for two reasons:
1. Most days James and Audrey have more energy than I can even imagine having and
2. One minute they can have me so frustrated with their rude behavior, sassy tongue and straight up defiance (among a mired of other offence’s) that I just know I have gone horribly wrong somewhere and am raising two little heathens. And then the very next minute they can be the absolute most adorable and sweetest little children God ever created! Especially when they are sleeping. It doesn’t matter what they have done with in a days time, each night when I go in to kiss them before I go to bed, their little sleeping faces are so angelic and innocent, it makes me forget each and every frustration I had with them that day. I believe firmly that the Lord makes them that way on purpose! I remember like it was yesterday, after having a particularly stressful day with the twins when they were infants (which was almost every day) and being at the edge of insanity, I would go in and watch them sleep for a little while. It would calm me to my very core and remind me how blessed I truly was to have them, no matter how hard it was. Even with Tookie baby I know it’s true. A few nights ago I was having a horrible time. I was sooooo tired and couldn’t get comfortable to save my life. No matter the position I got in, my stomach felt like it weighed 3 tons and every muscle and bone in my body ached. Not to mention the fact that baby girl was practicing for the 2020 Olympics by punching my bladder, kickboxing my ribs and doing somersaults. I was miserable and completely over it. Then I went in to kiss Audrey good night and there she lay, sleeping so peacefully with her mouth partially open, one arm flung over her head and the other draped around her Minnie Mouse. Amazingly my aches and pains and grouchy mood melted away as my heart flooded with emotion and I thought “Yes Lord, I know, it is all worth it.”
p.s. Just in case you couldn’t tell, the pics today are old, from 2009. The other day I found a flash card I had forgotten about and oh what a joy it was to see so many pictures I’d totally forgotten about! Some I just had to share!!