There are lots of moments or even days as a stay at home mom that life just feels mundane and tedious. I wonder how many times I empty and load the dishwasher in a week. I know its more than I care to. I think about the days when running in to Kohls for one quick item I didn’t have a baby crying, a toddler smothering that baby with “hugs” and “kisses” (that roughly resembles body slams), and a preschooler complaining about having to walk. All this leads to a very loud check out experience, with many eyes probably looking on me in half pity and half annoyance. This was part of my morning. In these moments, I lose the perspective that I am blessed to be able to love on these three as my sole job day in and day out. They are the most important thing I do, and I am so blessed to be able to do it. What a joy and privilege! One conversation like this brings all the perspective back…
Note: After the third time Caleb came out of his room (while he was supposed to be trying to take his nap) to go poop, I took advantage of a moment alone with this cute boy.
Caleb, what is your favorite Candy? Smarties
What are you looking forward to about school? Writing my name
What is your favorite song? Uh oh…I want some more
What is one of your favorite words? I love you mommy
Awww…that’s sweet. I love you too. Is blue still your favorite color? No, its green now
Oh I like that color too. What is one of your favorite things to do? Play on my swing set
Hmmm…what else can I ask you? Come on mom say some more
What is something you like about yourself? I like being special
Do you know you are a masterpiece? Yes, because Jesus loves me very much
Who is one of your favorite people? Cole-Man
Who is your favorite superhero? Spiderman and Iron Man
What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be ummm just like you guys
Ha ha what does that mean? I don’t know….I wanna be Spiderman
Ha you are so cute! Can you always be my little boy? Ha ha no, cause I want to grow up like you
What is one of my favorite things about you? You love me
You are so right! What is something you enjoy doing together? I like to go to the playground with you
I love doing that with you too! What is one of your favorite “family dates”? Going to Mcdonalds
What is one of your favorite foods? Spicy Chicken…and my other favorite food is Eggos.
How about you ask me what is my favorite show? That is a good question! Ok, what is your favorite show? Spiderman and Diego
Awesome. Thanks for all your answers. You are one really cool kid. I love you! Now do you think you can go lay down and take your nap? Yeah, mom, I have a secret for you….(as he whispers into my ear) You are precious and I love you!
Caleb, you make my heart smile. I love you too!
Brooke Grimes says
Thanks, Erica….I was fighting for perspective today as well. Different distractions, different current of the mundane than you have on your hands, but a battle nonetheless. Reading your sweet moment with Caleb called me back to grasping what-so-ever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, excellence and if anything worthy of praise….and choosing to dwell on these things.