Sometimes my days are really long and really hard! But, I have been thinking a lot lately about how grateful I am that I don’t have to work and I am able to stay home with my children. This week Ella signed me up to bring over four dozen rolls in to her class for their Thanksgiving feast. The night before I had to make them, I was so tempted to run to the store and purchase them. It would be so much faster and easier! I thought about how that would disappoint Ella. She loves my homemade rolls and that is what she was hoping from me. I thought about how there is nothing more important that I could do with my time than making my daughter happy. I made the rolls because I am blessed to be able to stay home and make rolls. That is something I could do for her so why would I not do it? I knew it would make her happy and that is what makes me happy.
There are things in my kids lives that I don’t have to miss. There are times that they need me and I get to be there for them. I get to take my kids to school every day so they don’t have to ride the bus two hours a day. On picture day last month as it was pouring rain, I got to walk them to the door one by one under my umbrella. I got to take Ella to school one morning only to come home and find that she had left her homework folder along with two days worth of homework on the counter. I got to go back to the school and take it to her so she didn’t have to go to study room during recess. I get to see the pure joy in Brennen’s eyes as he says goodbye to his preschool class everyday when I pick him up. I get to snuggle with my baby Griffin every day. I got to help with Preston’s fall party and see how my shy son raised his hand to answer a question which I know takes much courage for him. I got to make over four dozen homemade rolls for Ella’s class.
For those reasons and many many more, I am grateful!