Friday, September 9, 2011

Things I'm Slowly Learning...

Dear Sisters,

First of all, I so enjoy reading all of your posts.  I hope we can keep this blog going because I love getting a different glimpse into your lives.

I am slowly learning some things from being on bed rest.  I think I may have been given this experience for some very specific reasons.  Here are some lessons I am learning thus far:

*Note: #1, #2, #3, and #4 lessons are from the 6 days that Alex was in charge before my Mom showed up.

1. My house does not actually have to be spic and span clean and organized ALL of the time in order for us to have a happy home.  Toys can be left on the floor for days, the carpet and floor can be really dirty, the bathroom can be grimy (especially with 2 three-year-olds using the potty by themselves all day, everyday), and the kitchen can be a bit disgusting.  Permanent marker can somehow find its way onto the kitchen table and crayon marks on the couch.  And through it all, we can all still have very happy, content days.  Who knew?!

2. The girls can eat multiple rotisserie chickens, loads of cheese, cereal, and lots of eggs for days on end (with no fruit or vegetables) and survive.  Who knew again?!

3. Alex can take care of things just fine.  In fact, better than fine.  His way of doing things is definitely not my way in many regards, but his way is good too.  Things truly don't need to be taken care of just the way I see fit and in the time I see fit in order to work out.  I'm embarrassed to say that this is a hard lesson for me to learn.  But, I am learning (slowly) that I can not only hold my tounge when something isn't done the way I think it should be, but also to not let it bother me internally.

4. Alex is a really patient and charitable person.

5. When people offer to help, let them.  I've always loved the quote, "Never supress a generous thought."  If people have a generous thought in the way of helping out me and my family, I should allow them to carry it through.  They probably wouldn't have offered if they didn't really want to help.  Still, it is hard for me to let people help sometimes.

Those are a few things on my mind that I wanted to share.  Hope you are all doing well and that your kiddos are enjoying the first few weeks of school!



Kate said...

Such a good post, Mols. And such good insights. I truly believe that we are given the experiences we need when we need them in order to learn what is necessary for us. Each of us is stretched and pulled and molded and given our own unique set of challenges. I love that. I find great comfort in that thought when things are pulling me down and all seems too overwhelming...that a loving Heavenly Father is watching and knowing that this experience is not too much for me...that I can come out on the other side better and stronger. It's good to remember what's truly important, that we can survive (and survive WELL) in a less-than-ideal situation. We're all thinking about you and praying for you and the littlest Monk.

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