One more day......

A friend of mine posted this poem today. It really made me
think & of course bawl my eyes out! I'm not going to lie and
say I deserve the mom of the year award. I struggle just as
any other mom, to make it through each day sane!

One thing I struggle with is "time". By the time I clean the
house, take the dog out, give the girls their baths, and then I
put them to bed.......where has the time gone???? Joe is really
good at helping, but the there still doesn't seem to be enough
hours in the day!

Last night I wanted to watch one of my favorite shows, Jon
and Kate plus 8. I'm not sure why this is a fav of mine, but
it is. I think I just sit there wondering how on earth two
parents can raise 8 children and still be sane, when I struggle
with my two girls. Well lately the girls have seemed to be stuck
on me like stick-tights. The minute I walk throught the door,
they are on me! I honestly cannot even go to the bathroom
without one ofthem trying to follow me. If I close the door and
lock it, one of them will just sit there or cry and bang on the door.
So back to watching my show......I ended up telling them to just
go to their room and watch their tv so mommy could have mommy
time. Then I read this poem this morning, and felt awful. Why
couldn't I have just DVR'd my show and went to do whatever they
were asking me to do???? I was being so selfish!! And I don't think
mom's can be selfish like I was. You don't know when your last day
is on this earth, and you most certainly don't know your children's
last day. Why waste those precious moments on watching some tv
show or cleaning when you can do that after they fall asleep???

So I plan on printing this poem off to remind me that spending
time with my kids & family is more important than cleaning,
watching tv, or any other thing to keep me from speding time
with them.

Here is the poem --might want to grab a tissue :)

*Just for this morning, I am going to step over the laundry,
and pick you up and take you to the park to play.

*Just for this morning, I will leave the dishes in the sink,
and let you teach me how to put that puzzle of yours together.

*Just for this afternoon, I will unplug the telephone and keep
the computer off, and sit with you in the backyard and blow

*Just for this afternoon, I will not yell once, not even a tiny
grumble when you scream and whine for the ice cream truck
and I will buy you one if he comes by.

*Just for this afternoon, I won't worry about what you are
going to be when you grow up, or second guess every decision
I have made where you are concerned.

*Just for this afternoon, I will let you help me bake cookies,
and I won't stand over you trying to fix them.

*Just for this afternoon, I will take us to McDonald's and buy
us both a Happy Meal so you can have both toys.

*Just for this evening, I will hold you in my arms and tell you
a story about how you were born and how much I love you.

*Just for this evening, I will let you splash in the tub and
not get angry.

*Just for this evening, I will let you stay up late while we sit on
the porch and count all the stars.

*Just for this evening, I will snuggle beside you for hours, and
miss my favorite TV shows.

*Just for this evening when I run my finger through your hair
as you pray, I will simply be grateful that God has given me the
greatest gift ever given.

*I will think about the mothers And fathers who are searching
for their missing children, the mothers and fathers who are
visiting their children's graves instead of their bedrooms, and
mothers and fathers who are in hospital rooms watching their
children suffer senselessly, and screaming inside that they
can't handle it anymore.

*And when I kiss you good night I will hold you a little tighter,
a little longer. It is then, that I will thank God for you, and
ask Him for nothing, except one more day.............


Chelsa said...

i've read this before and LOVE it!! good idea to print if off, i'm doing that RIGHT NOW!

Jamie said...

sniff sniff. I agree with you 100%. I just posted on the same subject a few days ago! We are only human though...we can't be supermoms all the time. It's also very good for children to see their moms and dads hold a steady job, work hard at home, etc. I've started incorporation my kids into the work at home by giving them chores and paying them 10 cents per minute (figures to minimum wage...or close). That way, we all work together and they learn a valuable lesson in the meantime!

Courtney, Jeff, & Ayla said...

Leah- got it at Babys R Us. That store has everything! I got it in summer, but Im sure they have more. I think on the left side of the store. It is SO cute hanging up on the wall and something you can keep forever! If you want to spend alot for it landofnod.com they are personalized and Awesome, but too pricey for me. I prob spent $8 dol on hers, but got it on 50% off.

Abby said...

It seems like every time I struggle with this issue someone posts about it too. Thanks for the uplift and reminder. Oh, and I like to take poems like this and print them as pictures in large sizes to frame. A little photoshop and you can do it yourself. This poem sounds like a keeper, I'll probably have to do that myself. I'll let you know if I get one made, I can make you one too!( I think I need to hang it right about my desk, when all i feel like i ever do is edit pictures)