Yesterday afternoon, as my kids entered into what some might call "the witching hour"
(aka the time of day they lose their minds), my five year old shouted,
"This is the baddest day of my whole life!"
I think I'd told him that he couldn't play with the iPad. The horror.
After his time out, he wanted to join me on our teeny little deck outside the kitchen, which I was sweeping.
I asked him to stay inside so I could just finish up, but he could watch me from the window.
"Don't you know that mamas are supposed to be good to their kids?"
Where does he get his flair for drama? It's so mysterious.
Those are just two examples of the attitude he gave me throughout the afternoon.
His little brothers have started saying, "It's not fair!" at random times throughout the day
because they hear him saying it all. the. time.
I don't want you to think he's a bad kid, because he is an absolute joy 95% of the time.
At least before 4pm.
But here is how the baddest day of his whole life actually went:
he got to go on a coffee/hot chocolate date all alone with me in the morning.
then he went to superhero camp with his best friend.
he came home to a tasty lunch.
we colored together at the dining room table.
we played soccer in the backyard and crazy chasing games all afternoon.
he watched his favorite show.
we ordered pizza for dinner and I made blackberry crisp and there were no vegetables involved.
So when he told me how awful his life was, we had a little talk about gratitude.
And it made me realize something.
This is me and God.
How often do I throw little fits about what I think I deserve but I'm not getting?
My mind is filled with thoughts of what I'm entitled to just because I'm me.
And when I am so focused on what I don't have, what's not going my way,
I am blind to the beauty and blessings that are abundant in my life.
Everything is a gift.
It might not always feel that way, and that's okay.
But I wonder if God is looking at me, somewhat amused, as I navigate through this with Lute.
I wonder if He sometimes wants to say,
"Open your eyes. Your life is full of good things."
Because it really is.
I love Lute with all my heart and God loves me (and you) infinitely more than that.
So today, as I say a little prayer for Him to help me through the ups and downs with these sweet little rascals,
I also ask for eyes to see the goodness all around, and for a grateful heart.
Linking up with my girl Jami today for We Encourage. Will you join us?