Thursday, February 21, 2008

Simple Things

With all of the stress in our lives lately…I have decided to focus on the simple things. To enjoy each moment I have with Troy and the boys. I think sacred and holy moments happen all the time but are we paying attention so we do not miss them.

I would like to give you a glimpse into some gold-nugget seconds we have had over the past couple of days. I will just list them at random not in any order of importance but as they come to mind.

Last night at our Lenten service we sang one of my favorite hymns, “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.” I glanced over and much to my delight Matthew had his hymnal open and was singing with much gusto and enthusiasm the words of the hymn a half a beat behind everyone else. Did it matter to his Mommy or to his Lord and Savior Jesus, who died on the cross he was singing about? I’m sure it brought a smile to his Savior’s face because it was sung from the very depths of his soul and somehow Matthew knew it was a holy moment of worship. I could hardly sing as the tears rushed to my eyes….Matthew, I pray you will always love Jesus with your whole heart…and long to worship Him at every opportunity.

My boys love the moon, the stars, the planets, and anything else to do with our solar system. We were studying about our solar system on the computer yesterday and there was a page we could print off so they could color the planets. Matthew came up and insisted…he needed to color the planets too. How many three year olds even know there are planets?

Last night there was a Lunar Eclipse and so when we came home we stood outside in the cold and looked at the shadow which covered about 3/4 of the moon. The boys stood in awe and wonder and wanted to know how God could make that happen.

I had one those nights where you fall exhausted into bed and even though it had only been a few minutes…I was almost asleep when Troy came into bed. I had enough energy to snuggle close to the love of my life and fall asleep in his arms. I pray that I will never take those special moments for granted.

When it was time to get up this morning…I did not want to crawl out of my nice, warm little love nest. But I have much to do today. I woke up at about 4:00 a.m. and did not really sleep much after that. I knew I would be tired and I felt cranky. I put on my w/o clothes and when I heard my sweet little cherub yell from his crib in a not so very sweet voice. Matthew was tired and he was not afraid to act it out. I spent ½ an hour soothing him when…all he wanted to do was cry and be mad at the world. During those trying moments he wrapped his arms around my neck and held tight and snuggled into my shoulder….I breathed in his sweet smell and kissed his chubby little cheeks.

I did exercise and it felt good to finish my w/o even though I did not want to do it. While I was working out I decided the boys and I would focus on the simple joys of life today. I needed to make cookies and although I knew it would be a mess a let them help make up the cookie batter. They found great delight in cracking eggs and sneaking chocolate chips on the sly.

After the first pan came out of the oven you could smell the heavenly scent of chocolate and peanut butter mixed to perfection. The boys and I sat down to a feast of warm cookies with warm gooey chocolate oozing out of them, while dipping them into our glasses of milk. It was a tasty treat which tantalized our taste buds!

I pray the Lord will fill your days with the simple things in life because in those you will find the most extraordinary moments!


2 comments:

Melisa said...

The simple things are so important! Thanks for reminding me...you are an inspiration!

Anonymous said...

Michelle,

I just know there is going to be chocolate in heaven...rivers of chocolate...yes...like the Willie Wonka movie...O taste and see that the Lord is good...the simple things...praise God for the simple things!

Shannon