I think the boring days as a mother can be worse than the crazy ones. It is on those days that I wish I had a play date to have some mom talk. Hear about some good books, recipes, mom tips, or just a good story. To be encouraged and encourage others.
I have finally discovered that is why I like about blogging and reading blogs. It is a virtual play date. Not that it can take the place of spending time face to face.
On a boring day I love to hear a funny story. Comic relief can be the best encouragement…
Last night Matt was having Bible study with Abdallah and so I decided to turn on Mom’s Night Out for some good comic relief:)
If you haven’t seen it, I can’t sing its praises enough! It is well done, has a great story line, the characters are perfect, and it lacks the regular Christian movie cheese.
So I went to bed with the lines, I am a mess, a beautiful mess, a good chuckle, and the thought that no matter how crazy my day is, someone else had a crazier one….
And then I awoke to my own craziness. I snuck past the kids watching a movie, to get to the kitchen for a cup of coffee, before they saw me and needed something, but Julia jerked and saw me. Needing cuddles, and more juice, and wanting “more cookie”
?? cookies, dad really before breakfast… oh well…. coffee, got to get coffee.
We sat down and I snuggled my sweet girl while getting my first taste of delicious coffee.
I grabbed the ipad and saw my mom messaged me,”Call me….”
6:38… ok its not 10pm there yet. Lets call JaJa!
I got to talk to Kristy and heard my mom talking to someone on the phone in the background. Jordan was on the phone too… got to say a quick phone to ipad through the tango call hello.
Which is when Micah obviously realized I was awake and he got up on the wrong side of the bed or something because nothing could make him happy. My talk with my mom was cut short because of screaming children.
He was hungry… also for more cookies, but breakfast would do so I put baked oatmeal in the oven, got them situated with the movie and sat down for some quiet time. 2 Kings 22:1-2 Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem, His mother’s name was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah of Bozkath. And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and walked in all he way of David his father, and he did not turn to the right or to the left.
Well his dad was one bad dude, so I wondered who this mother of the 8 year old king that was like none before or after him. These are the women that we should look up to!
But Micah was screaming for breakfast so I got it out of the oven and fed the family.
We were out of milk and eggs so after breakfast Matt took Julia and ran to the store before work. What a guy:)
Micah wanted to finger paint so I took advantage of Julia being gone and got out the paint and paper… only she got home before we were done and was in the paint before I had anything to say about it.
By the end, the paint was gone, and they were both a mess so I stuck them both in the bath.
Which was fine…
I was getting them dressed when I came out to the kitchen for something… what was it… OH WOW!
So I had lit the pumpkin spice candle only now it had a huge flame all around the top of the glass, almost burning the fall flowers next to it. I went to blow it out, only it EXPLODED! The glass shattered sending the fire out engulfing the table runner! (I took this picture last week because I was going to write about the amazing pumpkin pie granola but didn’t get around to it:) how ironic that the give thanks is literally what lit on fire)
The children were still in the back of the house so I ran back to get them out of the house before it spread. I was scared to be anywhere near it so I ran to the back door which of course had to be unlocked and ran out the door screaming for my neighbors.
They ran over while I was still screaming that the house was on fire. Ok, a bit of an exaggeration. But to a pregnant mom with a one year old, a two year old, and a fire….
They helped me put it out. Praise the Lord not too much damage was done. Micah was excited because he saw a real fire and it got put out, so we were basically like firefighters! He was impressed! Juila not so much… she clung to me for over an hour trying to figure out if life was safe again.
Our neighbors were a God send! They are leaving tomorrow for two months for South Sudan. I’m so glad it happened today. They are with AIM and have looked at the few unreached places in Africa which are very remote and are working on getting facilities for missionaries to move in and evangelize the people. They go to the church that we have been going to in Entebbe. Praise God for the Church and pray for them as they leave tomorrow. They live in a tent while they are there overseeing the building.
I got the kids more cookies for a snack but realized the bag was full of ants… Oh I’m so glad I spent nap time yesterday making cookies only for the ants to enjoy most of them. ANTS might be the death of me… they are seriously taking over… and making me crazzy!
In case you are wondering… Magic eraser will take wax off the wall and the laminate floor!
I started cleaning up the mess and I thought I should clean our guest bedroom and bathroom, while I was at it since we have an intern moving in with us tonight.
I told Matt last night that it smelled like something had died back there and asked him to check it out, he must have forgotten because it still stunk… decomposing cockroach in the bath drain… that would do it.
I left it for Matt to get… I’ll clean later and besides it was time for lunch.
I was almost finished with lunch when Julia came in from outside crying which was perfect timing for me to walk out side since Micah was walking around the raised edge of our house with the knife the guard had left out….”Look mom, Its not that sharp.”
AHH are you kidding me… yes it is sharp.
Just a little ketchup in Julia’s hair during lunch but then we made it to nap time.
I made myself a cup of tea and sat down to tell you a funny story because my day has not been boring today but tomorrow it probably will be and I hope you have a story to make me laugh then:)
This is what the Church is for to help each other put out fires and encourage each other with a laugh. And maybe a few other things too. I wonder if Jedidah had some crazy days along with the boring ones because her son made a great king who followed God. May our children do what is right in the eyes of the Lord and not turn to the right or the left even if they run with knives and run out of the house screaming from fire. Yes, I am a beautiful mess!