I spent the day today with my wonderful family. I don't have any children of my own but I do have a niece and two nephews (10, 8 and 3 years old) that mean the world to me.

My morning didn't start out so great as my neck pain and muscle soreness started on me late last night. I was up at 3am and had broken sleep the rest of the night. I gave up and stayed awake. I contemplated on cancelling my visit with the kids so I could spend the day laying on the couch, watching T.V., and resting....with a little bit of feeling-sorry-for-myself mixed in.

I'm so glad I didn't. I had a chance to see my youngest nephew to celebrate his 3rd birthday.  I walked in with a large Buzz Lightyear balloon in one hand and his birthday presents in another. His face lit up like a Christmas tree! He couldn't stop smiling and was chatting away as fast as his little mouth could go. He was so happy. Just seeing him and being in that moment with him melted my heart. I don't know what it is but there's magic in kids that can make all the negative things in life go away.  All afternoon, I felt no pain. I wasn't exhausted like I was earlier in the morning and I had some sort of "second wind". We had lunch together, I helped them with their Kumon, we made birthday cards and played in the snow.

As I drove home, I thought for sure my body would go back to the state it was in earlier in the morning but didn't. Instead, I felt energized...and happy.

I know it's not always easy raising kids but I can see how they are very much worth every effort. They truly are tiny blessings and I'm hoping one day God will bless me with children of my own.
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