We’ve had an unusually busy week. Or I guess I should say that I’ve had an unusually busy week. Lots of meetings and it’s just one of those weeks.
I had a Junior League meeting this morning after the boys were at school. My friend Anna was there, too, and after the meeting was over we realized we had about an hour to kill before we had to go pick up the kiddos from school. We had a very rare treat– a Starbucks date. We laughed and joked that this is what we always imagined we’d get to do every single day.
Hudson was in a bit of a funk on the way home from school today. About once a week he gets like that. He is either really tired, really hungry, or just in a “preschooler” mood. (It’s so weird not to say a “toddler” mood.) He was mad because Hayes was looking at him. He was mad because he was hot and then he was cold. And he was mad because he never wants to come home from school. He just loves school.
And I just think he needed a nap.
He actually just wanted to lay down on the floor when he got home. He definitely needed a nap.
Hayes, on the other hand, was in an especially good mood today. When I pick him up close to noon, he’s usually ready for me to get there. He’s tired and just ready to go. Today he was running around and just giggling. He was in the best mood, and that made me so happy.
Wednesday is one of our favorite days every week because we all go to church. We have dinner as a family and then I go to choir and Hudson goes to AWANA. He has been doing really well with his scripture memorization, and he just gets so excited to recite his verses for anyone that will listen.
Todd had deacon ordination tonight at church. He just finished his term as deacon chairman for our church, and we watched a good friend of ours get ordained tonight. When deacon ordination was over, Todd took the boys home because they were both just so tired today.
Even though Hudson did a lot of whining and had a funky attitude today, I have to remember that it’s normal for 3 year old. It’s normal for a 30 year old! Sometimes I feel the exact same way. There are days when I’m tired and feel like whining all day. I don’t want to eat my lunch and I don’t want to talk to anyone. So how can I blame him for having a day like that?
The other night, Todd and I were turning out the lights and getting ready to head upstairs to bed. I glanced down at the floor and saw this.
I could feel my heart tighten in my chest. There was an immediate lump in my throat.
Those little shoes. They’re for little feet. And those little feet are just an adorable part of two very special little people who live here. My babies. God’s children.
I was overcome with this incredibly strong sense of gratitude. And sometimes God just uses those little symbols as reminders for something really big.
I’m thankful for another day with them. Some days are crummy. Some days are great. And some days one of the boys is great and one of them is a little bit crummy. And then they flip flop.
But I’m thankful for each day. And for each little pair of stinky shoes.
This post is Day 3 in my 31 Days of Back to Basics Blogging series.