I am learning the art of being a stay at home mom. I spent years learning the art of playing the piano---yet I am slowly learning that this art, 0f being a mom, is much, much different. It requires skills in so many different areas. One must know how to fix a breakfast of waffles and yogurt for a two year old, while at the same time preparing mixed cereal for an 8 month old. One must be able to discern 'toddler talk', such as knowing that 'bink' really means 'drink'. One must be willing to stay occupied for the most part in one's own house, cleaning, cooking, and taking care of children. One must learn to find pleasure in little things, such as a cupboard or closet that has been re-organized. But more importantly than all of that, I am learning that the art of being a stay at home mom brings joy beyond measure.....
I find joy when Cosette wakes up in the morning and gives me a hug. I find joy when Elias grins at me from behind his crib after waking up from a nap.
I find joy when Cosette learns a new word, and uses it correctly.
I find joy when I try a new recipe and it turns out really yummy.
I find joy when Cosette lays down at night and says 'I U!' ( I love you)
I find joy when I see Elias taking steps while holding onto the couch.
I find joy in being able to spend mornings, evenings, and weekends with the man I love so much.
I find joy when I see my children sitting on the couch with their Daddy, reading a favorite book.
I find joy when I realize that Cosette is learning to recognize all of her colors.
I find joy when she remembers the motions for a memory verse, all by herself.
I find joy when I see Elias clapping in happiness.
I find joy in fixing my little girls hair, dressing her nicely, and teaching her the things that 'ladies' do.
For this time, and for right now, this is where God has put me. I guess this is my way of telling Him thank-you. I pray that you may all find the joys that God has placed in your life today!