Sweet as Sugar

The sweet, silliness of these three toddlers is just melting me into a ball of laughter and kisses the past few days. Sounds crazy right? Ha!!! Did I say three toddlers and sweet? Yes ladies I did. 

Just two weeks ago I was on the carpet in a ball crying from the sheer frustration of training three toddler boys who seemed to not listen to a word. A word. They were winning despite my consistency in discipline, courage and sheer exhaustion every time they asked for a cookie for the 3726 time. When they went to time out for the 12th time that day. When they throw a toy after you've asked them not to 28645 times.  Today they listened, were silly and sweet. Apparently, they DID hear me! It simply took two weeks for them to actually listen. Wow. 

Take heart. You will have bad days. You will eat 2 donuts as soon as nap time begins. You will fall on the couch the second after bedtime. You will feel like a failure as a mom. It's okay. Take the bad days, cry, grow, move on. The good days where all your hard, sweaty, annoying, messy days payoff are around the corner. When they sing Jesus Loves Me, hugs their brothers, play Simon says, eat all their dinner or put their clothes in the hamper alone you can realize they are growing too. The way you love, serve and give matters. They do hear you. Trust your mom instinct. You are a good mom- trust it! You don't need parenting books for every single thing. They helps sometimes- but you know you, your kids and family best. Don't let parenting books make you feel you are not enough or that you have so much work to do as a parent. It can be too much to live up to and you will always feel like a failure. I read that recently and felt a huge weight lifted from my shoulders. Just love deeply, be an example. Live for the sweet as sugar moments that ebb and flow. 
I may need to read this again next week. Ha! This Bible verse will be on my fridge. :)

Ephesians 5 1-2 Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.

Enough said!^^

Love like that today!  Sweet, sweet love--xo Rachel


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