Today I'm thankful for patience. I'm glad I have a little patience with my kids and I'm glad they have a lot of patience with me.
Some days, it's rough being a parent. When you have to continually nag your oldest (with every breath) to get out of bed and get ready for school; when the youngest wakes up and immediately DEMANDS breakfast (no matter if your hands are full getting the oldest off to school); when the youngest doesn't get his breakfast fast enough, and throws a temper tantrum over said lack of immediate gratification; when the phone rings and it sets off some type of alarm in the youngest's brain that makes him need to go potty; when the show on T.V. isn't what THEY are wanting to watch, and they set up a whining, like you've never heard. Yes . . . parenting isn't at all a piece of cake, or even a swipe of icing off the top. However, I never would have thought I'd love so deeply, or care so thoroughly about another human being. They are truly the best part of me.
They know right from wrong, even though they continue to choose incorrectly to see if mom will let things slide. (No . . . I won't. But nice try, eh?)
They push me, and try my patience until I could just scream . . .
and yet, they turn around and do their chores without being asked.
And after they've agitated and picked on each other until one or both of them cries, they can immediately turn things around and become best buddies.
They're complex individuals. Some days I'm scared to death that I'm not being a good enough example to them, while at other times, I think God sent them straight from Heaven to bless me with their unconditional love.
The next few months are going to be very rough on us all, with Dave being gone pretty much all the time. Single parenting SUCKS, but I know that in a few months things will get better.
Today was just one of those challenging days. I DID manage to squeeze in some photo-editing time (while Eli literally destroyed my retreat right behind my back). So tomorrow a little clean up will be in order before I dive back in, and a few more ground rules will be set, before Eli can "play" in my room again.
I'm breathing deeply and I'm ready to hit the sack, in preparation for a new day! Bring it on!