I was up early this morning with the girls while everyone else slept. They were vying for a position on my lap- both were sleepy and wanted to snuggle with mommy and Audra did not want to share lap space. Adelia is very sweet about sharing, so for the most part she will let Audra have me to herself. This is quite unfortunate because I *love* it when Adelia just wakes up from a night of sleep or from her nap. It's the only time she will sit still, and she wants to be held. (Audra, on the other hand, wants to be held fifty times a day!)
(Case in point: as I was typing that statement, Audra came over and said, "I want to sit on your lap." ;)) So: I closed the laptop and set it aside and pulled her onto my lap.
Anyway~ back to what I started to say earlier: I sat this morning on the couch, taking turns with the girls- when Audra was off playing happily, I'd pull Adelia into my arms and vice versa. At one point, Adelia was snuggled in beside me and Audra sat on my lap, facing me- squeezing my cheeks and poking my eyes and giving me tight hugs and chattering about all sorts of things, (if she says 'Jofuss' (who goes with Mary and baby Jesus for those of you who don't know who 'Jofuss' is) I might actually die from cuteness overload.) And I thought: "This is the greatest job in the world." What other occupation could you be in where people approach you several times a day just to tell you how much they love you, and to cheer you with countless hugs and brighten your days with smiles and laughter? What wonderful years these are! And how gracious God is to allow us- as mothers- to get to play such a big part in their lives.
I was overwhelmed with thankfulness this morning. How dear my children are, how much I love them and delight in them, and how grateful I am to get to be their mommy. Yes, the days are long and often challenging, but God is gracious and is so faithful to give strength and perseverance with each new day. It is such rewarding work, isn't it?
Blessings to you and your children today. (Don't forget to tell them how much you love them!)