Let me explain...
Instead of becoming frustrated that I have been interrupted countless times and have heard, "Mummy" 236 times already and it still isn't 11 am, I am rejoicing that I have children that want to come to me and are not running away.
When I've been asked for the 150th time that day, "Mummy, pick up me please" ... or "Mummy, hold me please," I rejoice that they want my arms wrapped around their little bodies and they want their head curled up on my shoulder. It's easier to ignore the hurting hip, sore lower back and arm that has gone numb when you're busy praising the LORD for the children He gave you.
When we hit day 9 of sickness, I am grateful that I am a stay at home mom and I'm not having to call into work for sick kids. And I'm grateful that my kids are creative...
They have a tale to tell.
While others may go hungry,
We're eating very well
With home, health, and happiness,
I shouldn't want to fuss;
By the stack of evidence,
God's been very good to us.
When we have a second trip to the ER, for a different child, I again praise the LORD for tile floors, which are also easy to clean blood off of. And instead of sulking that it ruined a fellowship night we desperately needed, I praise God that because we were with our fellowship team, we had friends that were not only available, but that we trusted to watch our other 3 so Brian and I could go together.
And instead of becoming offended at comments and hateful looks from another human being, I simply smile at them and thank God that he brought me one more person to pray for.
When my heart breaks for the umpteenth time for Ruth, I weep tears of joy that she trusts and loves me enough to open up.
When I become overwhelmed and am hanging on by a thread, I am so grateful that I have a Savior whose arms I can run into. Who wipes away my tears and fills my heart with all the Grace and the Patience I need to make it through another day.
Oh, and I've totally had to let go of the expectation that car rides will be quiet, for I have a constant cheering section EVERY SINGLE TIME I get in the car. If I'm coming up next to a car, I hear, "You can do it Mum! You can do it! GO MUM GO!!" And when I pass the car, I hear, "YEAH!! I knew you could do it!" And this happens with every single car we pass. Heaven forbid if I let a car pass me, you would think I just lost a gold medal. I keep thinking it will subside, but not only has it not, it has taken on a life of it's own and gotten all the kids involved. Oh, and green lights. I think the kids live to yell, "It's Green Mum! GO!" I will never miss another another green light again! :)