Sunday, November 13, 2011
I came across this photo the other day and I kind of marveled at this snapshot of my life just a couple of years ago. This picture was taken when Adelia was 16 months old and Audra just 4 months old. (And people comment *now* that my hands are full!) Um, no. Those were the days when my hands were positively the fullest: two babies, both of them so needy for their mama. Nevermind three older kids that also occasionally needed me. ;) I spent the days juggling these two and trying to determine which child was the neediest at that moment: usually one of my little girls. So many times it was both of them- they both needed me to hold them, to soothe them, to feed them, or to change them. I *often* walked around the house like this- one of them in the Ergo, and the other on my hip, or we'd settle on the couch and look at books together. These were exhausting days, and I felt utterly spent by the end of each one of them.
I know there are some of you who are in this season right now. I was trying to think of what I could say to encourage you. Most importantly, this: God is faithful. It is He who has entrusted these little ones to *you* and He will be faithful to equip you. He will strengthen you and help you.
Some practical things: it was during this season when I dropped everything that I didn't absolutely *have* to do. I didn't intentionally drop these things- it just happened naturally. Things like getting the kids dressed for the day, going places, sending thank you cards (or any cards, for that matter), organization of the clothes the kids had outgrown, balancing the checkbook, etc. (The list goes on and on and on.) You just do what you have to do to make it through these days.
Try to get as much sleep as you can, accept any help anyone ever offers, try to spend time with Jesus each day, take breaks when you are able (when your husband comes home you can run errands all.by.yourself: it's dreamy), pray out loud- with your kids, make simple, easy meals (or get take out), and just love your children well. Find delight in these little persons God has given to you: laugh and play and tickle and cuddle and be silly and read another story and change another diaper- and don't forget to kiss their bare belly when you do- and watch and wait for daddy when he comes home and sing songs together and just love them. They truly are a joy. Embrace this season. It goes by so quickly.