Tuesday, February 14, 2012

How to not ruin your kiddos Valentine's Day. ;)

Just so you know, we are not perfect around here. :) Our house is often a disaster and we seem to be hurrying wherever we go. And, Mama makes lots of mistakes. Valentine's Day is a big deal to me. I have loved it since I was a little girl. Jake and I don't exchange gifts because it is right after our anniversary, but we LOVE to celebrate with the children. For weeks I have been planning. The last few days have been spent making gifts for friends, truffles for Jake, chocolate suckers for the kiddos etc..Last night I hung a big banner, set out M&Ms, balloons, and planned a special breakfast. This morning there was lots of squeals and happiness...for about 5 mins. Jake was heading out of town for the day with work and we opened the mail from yesterday before he left. We got a quarterly report from our credit card  and I was confident it had a mistake. I spent the next 40 mins watching the clock until 7 am when I could call to find out how this mistake came to be. I called at 7:01. :) I was on the phone for 40 mins and spent the following 40 mins beating myself up when I found out that I was the one who had made the mistake. So, if you are following the minutes that adds up to a grand total of 120 minutes...2 HOURS wasted over such a small thing!! Two hours I should have spent snuggling and loving. I should have been reading all of the books that I had carefully selected about St. Valentine. I should have sat down to enjoy red velvet pancakes with maple syrup instead of rolling one up and shoving it in my mouth while walking around the room fretting over silly things. Suddenly, I realized I had wasted 2 hours of time with my kiddos to try to manage something trivial. It seemed HUGE at the moment, but when I looked at my sweet littles, it shrank quickly. I am thankful for kiddos that are forgiving and move forward. Thankful when Gideon told me at lunch that it had been a good day. They are full of grace and they are resilient. Will I make mistakes again?? Sure..in fact probably more today. But, we will get up and dust ourselves off and look forward to the next opportunity. I am so grateful for all of the love in my life.
I Corinthians 13:4-8
 4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[a] 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
 8 Love never ends. 

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