This week has been full of beautiful snow which sounds great but I was stuck in with two very hyper kids for most of the week. It felt at times like I was just going through the motions of life doing the same old menial tasks. Most of our lives are spent working or doing things we don’t really want to do but are essential to survive and provide for ourself and our families. It can be easy to just wait for the big moments in life and just mull through the everyday stuff.
I decided to try and find the amazing in my normality. What if I actively sought after the sparkle in everyday life? What if I could seek out new ways of doing things? I have started by being thankful as I change my child’s nappy that’s making me gag and thinking ‘”Thank God I have nappies for my child’ I move on to do the mountain of dishes in the sink and out loud I say ‘”Thank you God for my clean water and having dishes dirty from food that filled my belly” I decided to do this each time I do something that I don’t particularly enjoy. The results are amazing, my mood changes for the better and I realise how truly blessed I am.
Being a stay at home mum can sometimes leave you feeling like you are not doing much and I can even find myself saying “I am JUST a stay at home mum” when asked what I do for a living. Yes most of my day is spent looking after two very demanding girls but I can definitely say it’s not JUST anything. I decided to make my days count even if I am in the house all day. But how? I start off with opening my eyes to those around me that I come in contact with everyday. The lady on the checkout at the supermarket and trying to make her smile or the young mum at play group that’s been up all night with her baby and telling her she is doing good. Speaking to that old lady in the lift who called my children cute. Something brilliant happens when we do simple things to make other peoples days. You not only uplift others but emotionally you feel better for doing so. My children will see me act in kindness and hopefully it will show them what’s important in life. If I stay at home I try to make sure me and my kids laugh out loud a lot because in reality the day can drag and make you feel lethargic. Dancing like an idiot is an essential part of our day, spinning until we fall over. In these moments I feel blessed. I sit writing this with my little girls snuggled in tight and that feeling is far from normal and I never get used to it.
I am a bit if a dreamer too so with my girls I say out loud some of the things I want to do in life or even just that week. I pray with and for them always and let them know my believes and what I hope for. My girls are still so young so may not understand what I am doing but I know they can pick up on hope. As they get older their normal will hopefully be to believe and dream for great things.
I am not saying that everyday I feel like everything is a walk in the park because a lot of days can be challenging. I am now trying to turn these hard days into a layer of character that will hopefully benefit me and my children. If we choose to learn from our hard and broken days we turn what was meant for bad into something good. Forgiving always and letting go of the past makes for a happier you and happier people in your sphere.
Anyone who really knows me know I am a Christian and love God. For me this in itself is the biggest most fun adventure of my life. It makes me believe for more than the ordinary and to dream big dreams for me and my family. That we might impact others and see great things happen. I know crazy, fun and impactual things will happen in my life but whist I wait on the extraordinary times I will take my normal days and make them count.