August 04, 2009

my real life


It's almost two weeks since my kiddos have abandoned vacationing and settled back into real life... and that goes for me, too. Even though I wasn't really vacationing. It has been an adjustment... once again fitting in the "must-do's" that vacations just don't demand. Though the floor in the piano room has finally been reclaimed... the laundry has begun to pile up by the washer... and the dishes, that are once again feeding four, are seeming to overflow the sink. There are tiny action figures peeking out from beneath a sofa... and armchairs are marking time in a waiting book. Somehow, there seem to be fewer hours in the day...

But there are also more I love yous ... and helping hands. There are sweet bedtime kisses... and rumbling laughter and flying penguins. And when I take a moment to push the mess from my mind, I realize that there isn't much more in life that my heart requires...

Sitting down and searching my heart for a Tuesday gift to unwrap is one of the best parts of my week. Reflecting on what makes my heart beat... my face smile. And it teaches me to seek out the treasures that God graces us with in every day.

14 comments:

jenn said...

funny how there seems to be no time in the day to accomplish it all! but, we both know it is so worth it..the piles, toys, and noise will one day be gone, but the mess in our minds will be replaced with all of these sweet memories!

Richella said...

This is beautifully said, Dawn. You are so right. Thank you for saying it so eloquently.

God bless you and your sweet family!

almost five said...

I always joke that one day I'll have clean carpets and all... that day will be when I'm old and boring and wishing with all my heart that my babies were there to mess it all right back up.

Thanks for this beautiful reminder!

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is just beautiful. Life is good, right?

deb said...

we all share these pangs I guess.
I am surrounded by more love than some could wish for in a lifetime, sometimes all I notice is the shoes and the crumbs and the noise.
But I know in my heart , I wouldn't trade it for anything.

Kelli said...

While we are sometimes in the middle of raising children, we don't realize that one day we will truly miss all the messes and noise. Thanks for sharing.

Get Real Girl said...

Isn't it great that we are able to push aside the mess and listen to the I love yous and enjoy the flying penguins.

K said...

I've had to accept that living with a kid means my life will be messier, but much more wonderful.

Excellent post.

togetherforgood said...

"there isn't much more in life that my heart requires..."

Oy. This is wonderful. Love it.

Jo@Mylestones said...

Fewer hours traded for more "I love yous"? Seems like a sweet deal to me. :-) Thanks for sharing with us what makes your heart beat and your face smile!

carie said...

well said!

julie said...

hey dawn! love it! i needed to be reminded! i was just complaining and getting alittle huffy puffy because my house is becoming a mess! but you but me back in my place of what is important! thank you!

Kat said...

This made me giggle and tear up at the same time....I guess because I have my own "flying penguins" and "tiny action figures peeking out from beneath the sofa". That's my real life, too.

Sharone said...

When my sister-in-law and her family were living short-term with my husband's parents before going on the mission field, my mother-in-law often quoted the verse in Proverbs which says that when there are no oxen, the stable is clean (my paraphrase). Now that my sister-in-law's family is living in Papua New Guinea, the house is pretty clean, but we sure do miss the oxen. ;)

Thank you for your kind words on my blog. They mean so much to me. I'm so glad to share Tuesday (and Thursdays) with you. :)