Friday, March 23, 2012

Five Minute Friday: Loud

It's Friday again. Woot woot! Today I join The Gypsy Mama to write for five minutes on her weekly prompt. No editing or rewriting allowed. Click on the link to her site if you want to try it, too. The prompt this week is "Loud".


GO


Last night they were especially loud. I didn't want to have an evening home with them by myself. Not last night. Not our only weeknight with nothing on the schedule. But I gave in because I know guy-time is important. Because after all, I went to book club Monday night. And, I didn't think of it then, but I did just take a five-day trip and leave them at home . . . So I didn't complain. After all, mountain biking is his favorite thing to do. 


But more than once I had to stop and pray for patience. I had to hold myself back and take deep breaths. Once in a while, the crying over nothing gets to me. And I wonder why during this unusually warm and beautiful March we all have to catch colds and be miserable. But as I snuggled them into bed later I knew it was just that. Crankiness because they don't feel their best. They were hungry and dinner wasn't ready yet. And somehow their brains can't yet make the connection that crying for it and begging to be held actually makes it take longer to appear. We had sweet moments as I tucked them in. And I got the message. Loud and clear.


STOP


What message, you ask? Sorry. I only had five minutes. I didn't come up with this phrase, but somewhere recently I heard, "I'm not an inconvenience to be managed. I'm a child to be raised." Something like that anyway. I keep reminding myself of that saying when I'm feeling cranky about how "loud" this life can be. Happy Friday everybody!

9 comments:

  1. oh, yes! don't you just love it when the behavior of our children points out our own behavior at times?
    i wonder how much i cry and whine without ever realizing that i'm "standing in the way" of God's plan for me?
    steph

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  2. You are certainly not alone in your feelings...I've been there too, as have many others. Good that you got the message "loud and clear!"

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  3. I had a rough evening last night too, and then thankfully, God slowed my mind and heart and gave me tender bedtime moments. The kind where you look at your child and think, "She is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen!" Thanks for the quote, I love it!

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  4. Love that quote. We find lessons in our everyday living when we pay attention.

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  5. a verrry lonnnng time since i've experienced that particular 'loud' :)
    blessings... it really doesn't last forever '')

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  6. Is it wrong that I enjoyed dropping in on your somewhat aggravating evening? Reading your description takes me right back to when my littles were...little! Thanks for sharing :)

    p.s. That quote is one of my favorites! Lovely way you pulled it all together! I'm praying for you and your sweet family today. I hope you have a delightfully full-of-only-happy loud weekend ;)

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  7. This is true for the not-so-small, as well.

    Nancy
    www.liveasavorylife.com

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  8. Thank you all for your encouraging comments! Peg, I love those tender bedtime moments. So worth taking the time for them instead of rushing through it so I can get on with what I want to get "done" that night.!
    Renee, it's not wrong. Thank you for your prayers! I am feeling much more patient and calm today.

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