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Five Minute Friday – Look

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Then visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.

Please give me your best five minutes on:::

Look…

Mommy, look at my picture. Mommy, look at the tree frog I caught. Isn’t he so interesting? Mommy, can you look at my knee? Do you think it’s infected? Mommy, look at this paper from school. Can you sign it? Mommy, look at me ride my bike. Mommy, look at me….

Day after day the word “look” is woven into a sea of questions from my three loves. They want and need attention from me. They call out to me to look. To drop my thoughts and emotions and lists that are forming in my head. To look away from the computer or the phone or the growing mountain of laundry or the stacks of forms to be filled out.

Often times I choose to finish what I’m doing. Or take a mental break and hear myself say, “Just a minute.” Of course a minute turns into multiple minutes and sometimes hours. The daily routines of life drown out the simple pleasure of looking.

When I stop and look, though, it forces my thoughts to remain in the present. The present of simple pleasures and blessings. Pleasures that money cannot buy and authorities cannot demand. Things that are the best parts of life.

Simple pleasures like:

  • Exchanging a funny face with one of my 3 (An inside joke only known to the receiver. Each have their own.)
  • Seeing my youngest ride without training wheels for the first time and seeing her big grin that tells me how proud she is of her accomplishment.
  • Helping with a need that feels important to them. Band-aid anyone?
  • Listening to stories about their day. Stories that fill me in on their character and their friend choices.
  • Feelings of contentment as I remain in the moment.
  • A knowing hug that says, “Thank you for looking, Mommy.”

When I look, I’m blessed. Looking at someone else instead of myself.

Five Minute Friday – Welcome

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Then visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.

Please give me your best five minutes on:::

Welcome…

I remember it just as if it happened yesterday.The memory is etched into my heart.

Hormones were raging, emotions all over the place, and fear like never before. Being wheeled out of the hospital and getting into the car to head home, I remember the tears that stung my face. Tears that flowed all the way home as I stared out the window. Quickly drying them and giving my best smile I stepped out of the backseat and into the sun.

The day was warm, the sky was blue, and I couldn’t help but wonder why I was so sad. A sadness that seemed to choke me. It was physically heavy.

That was the moment I had waited and prayed for. A victory and a miracle. But I just felt inept and afraid. My mind raced as I thought of all the responsibility, the changes, and how my life would never be the same.

As I walked up to our front porch I saw the azaleas had bloomed… for the first time. They were beautiful and pink. God’s way of saying “Welcome Home” to my firstborn. My daughter. A way to welcome me home as a new Mom.

I took a deep breath and walked into the house knowing this life I was entering was much different than when I left. But I was ready, with God’s help, to be a Mom.