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Anyway, here we go!
January 8th - Dusky Light, Surprising Reflection, Lovely Shadow.
..... Reeeeaaally? I finally sit down to do one and I get a puzzle. Okay, let's make the best of this...
2. Surprising Reflection - *sigh* So this one is hard. I'm not for big words and this one stumps me a little bit. So I'm gonna go with this, and I'm not sure if it's more of a reflection or a realization, but I took some extra time and effort into last week. I didn't allow myself any down time, I was up until 5 some mornings doing testing on different products I had gotten. I did this so I could have more time to work on the house. But what I ended up doing with my spare time (for the most part) was spend it with the kids. Technically I was still on the computer for most of it, but I wasn't "busy". We played Scene It, played a pop-up Cinderella game, watched movies, we did lots of things that I am usually too busy to do. I usually get stressed and overwhelmed.
While reflecting on all this, I've realized that I really need to stop working when the kids get home because I do actually LIKE hanging out with them. I need to just get things done while most of them are in school and hang out in the afternoons. This week has been less of a burden and more of a blessing, so I am thankful for that.
3. Lovely Shadow - Again, I'm stretching the meaning of the word, but whatevs. See that girl up there? I sometimes call her Girlfriend, but her official alias here is Baby Bee. She is indeed lovely, very lovely. Of all my kids, this one is the angel, she's the good one. She almost never misbehaves, calls names, is mean... she's a perfect little peanut. She's exactly like I was when I was a kid. For that I am grateful. I worry, mind you... it's not easy being so shy and reserved, but she has a fire in her that I didn't have, so I think she'll be alright. But I'm grateful in the sense that when I had kids, I really didn't expect it to be the way it is. I assumed that because I was a kid once, I knew what kids were like and raising them wouldn't be so bad.
WRONG! I was a very abnormal kid, I'm coming to find. I'm not saying I did nothing wrong. I went through a lying phase when I was 7 or so, I once put tacks on my sister's bed when I was mad at her, and I sneaked a drink here and there in high school. But generally speaking, I didn't do much to merit punishment of any kind. And my little shadow, she's just like that. She's what I imagined my kids would be like. I am soooooo thankful for her. She is always making me feel better. When I'm mad and yelling, she ALWAYS says "I love you, Mom" and turns me around. When I cry, she lays down and snuggles with me until I'm better. Just one hug from her and my cares literally melt away, like sugar in water. Of course I love hugs from all my kids. But there's something magic in her hugs and I'm grateful for that magic.
So that's my dare today. I do have a bit more work to do that will be done while the kids are home, mostly reading. Hopefully they get along tonight and I can still find time to play that board game with Baby Bee that she's been wanting to play. I'll be back later today with a giveaway, so stay tuned!
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