Don't you ever wish you found as much JOY in an ordinary household task as a toddler does?!?!?
I mean, just consider how overjoyed Cara is at washing dishes!
Although I often procrastinate doing dishes, Cara takes DELIGHT
and JOY in the task, she will gladly wash the same plastic cup for 30 minutes if
you'll let her.
you'll let her.
But it was THIS little picture someone posted that got me thinking:
LOL! Now, don't get me wrong, I only do laundry like that (by washing it and then not folding it or putting it away), maybe 6% of the time. But occasionally, this happens in the Becker home. Samantha from Bewitched or June Cleaver from Leave it to Beaver would be shocked:
June Cleaver might make this face if she heard my laundry or dishes confessions:
"Why, Jamie, no! Say it isn't so! You don't fold and iron ALL the clothes immediately?"
It's true, June! I really dislike when that happens, it's usually on a week with too many ministry meetings and work deadlines, but I never lose sleep over it.
Regardless, I saw this and came to a realization, although I'm guilty of this form of laundry disorganization 6% of the time now, with one child, and so come this Spring, I can GUARANTEE, the frequency of such horrid housekeeping habits will probably... (gasp),
(Deal with it, June!) When I thought of the extra laundry that will be coming, I smiled. I can't wait to fold 18 Month sized ruffle pants again (Katie will be 4 years old when we get her but is only 24 lbs. and currently in an 18 month size. Our Cara is not yet 3 but is 37 lbs. and is wearing a 3T or 4T)!
I WANT to be reminded in thankless household chores, that when I'm doing piles of dishes (which my awesome hubby usually does for us!), I'm SO GRATEFUL that I have dishes to clean, that means I have mouths that have been fed, mouths who belong to the people I adore.
And when I fold shirt after shirt and load after load (even though we are only at about 6 loads a week now),
I can be SO GRATEFUL that I have a husband who is here, (and not serving in the military, like so many other wonderful, sacrificial people), but who is actually here and able to work here and care for us and tuck Cara in every night.
And I'M THANKFUL while folding those jammies that I have a little girl, our dream come true, asleep in the next room. MAN, if my 26 and 27 year old self (who was suffering through infertility and dreaming of a baby) could have seen our darling Cara for just ONE SECOND, just a glimpse, I would have folded a hundred laundry loads.
So the thought of the extra dishes, extra laundry, extra stress, extra bills, extra exhaustion, and extra chaos that inevitably our extra family member is going to add to my shoulders in the Spring, it spells ONE thing out for me...
..extra giggles, extra snuggles, extra mischief, extra memories, extra LOVE to give and to receive from our other
dream come true.
(I know I'm human and prone to procrastination and even laziness; complaining and grumbling instead of choosing JOY and choosing a GRATEFUL heart. That's why I posted this on the blog, so I could remind my own grumpy, grumbling self of it! :) )
"Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure... then you will shine among them like stars in the sky."