Happy, Happy thankful Thursday! I want to tell the world how thankful I am to be a mom to my little Lucy. Lucy is number 5, she is also five years old, and loves to run errands with me. Loves it! Like will go anywhere with me. We had young women and scouts at church in Kenosha (the town over) last night, Wednesday. On Wednesday nights, I take the older kids to church and then the younger ones to Sam’s Club. I loaded up kids into the car, 6 of them. The three oldest had to go, the three youngest wanted to go along for the drive and the exciting trip to Sam’s Club! They love Sam’s Club! I think it is because Grandma Abbott gets them pizza and pop there for them…… We are loaded in the car and then I find out Emma’s friend needs a ride. So one of the littles has to go back inside. Poor, sweet Lucy is chosen and I take her back in the house, she is sobbing. My heart is breaking. I get in the car, we say a prayer and we are off. As we pull away, I think of sweet Lucy and I wish I could take her with me, I was wishing I could take the huge van, wishing I could just stay there and hug her until she felt better. This is when I realize how grateful I am to be a mom to Lucy. She gave up her spot so that Emma’s friend could go to church. She was sad and so badly wanted to go. She is sweet, kind and has such a gentle little soul. Lucy will take care of Marsha and carry her around the house even though now Marsha is almost as big as she is! Lucy loves to learn and is always counting and singing. She has a love for others and dimples that melt your heart. I remember the day she was born, I was so happy to finally hold her. Lucy is named after my sister Becky. Becky has a special place in my heart and I was hoping Lucy would take after her namesake, Becky’s goodness, kindness and great sense of humor are all attributes I would love for Lucy to cultivate. Lucy has those qualities and so many more. I love that she has someone to look at and know she was named after her for a reason. I am so grateful to be Lucy’s mom. I think sometimes we get caught up in just getting things done. I hope we take a few minutes a day to remember how excited we were when we met our little children. Remember these moments are fleeting. Remember that to them, a simple night of running errands to Sam’s Club is something to be celebrated and something that is sad and devastating to miss out on. I think we/I sometimes just rush through the list of things to do instead of enjoying them. I mean truly, how many times have I rushed through the store, passing by the toys and telling the kids next time we can look. Or, how often have I said next time to a ride on the horse knowing full well I have .50 cents just loose in my purse. I know there are times when I really am in a rush. However, I also know that sometimes I am in a hurry for no reason other than to get on to the next thing. I want to enjoy and play with my kids. Remember when we were young and you would run really fast with the shopping cart and then jump on and glide. It felt like flying! Have you done that with your kids? I do and they LOVE IT! I need to remember to do that every time! I just want to enjoy the moments before they are gone. Lucy reminded me of all that…. Just by not going to the store with me. Maybe I needed to be reminded of how little she is, how little all of the children are, and how quickly they all grow. When I got home, she rushed out the door and hugged me……. I hugged her back , told her how much I loved her and I can’t wait to run errands with her tomorrow. Tomorrow I have to run to Target… you know what they have there????? POPCORN! Lucy was very excited to hear that! No matter how big or small, I want to celebrate everyday that I get to be Lucy’s mom!
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