Anything you do to help slow down the busyness of the day? Tips and tricks appreciated because I for sure can always make room for improvement.2008. True and I made cupcakes together, and I made love notes for Ben to find all day long. 2010. Ben made the day quite special with all his kisses. 2011. Another Love Day filled with surprises he left all over the house, and I made us a teepee where we ate our special dinner and cuddled. 2012. Another year that we were spoiled by Ben. 2013. Grandmama was in town, so she got to celebrate Valentine’s with us. It was a super busy time for us last year, but Ben still made sure to display love towards all his girls. I’m almost sure I totally didn’t do anything for him at all.
I’m thankful for the blog because it’s fun to be able to look back and see how our family has grown and the different ways we have celebrated. I’m not sure what happened 2009, but I couldn’t find a post on it or pictures on my computer. Maybe we fought?! HA! February 14th also happens to be my mom and dad’s wedding anniversary, so maybe we did something with them. A couple things have been consistent throughout the years… Ben always gives all his ladies flowers and we always have sushi for dinner.
Oh! Now I remember 2009! We were so busy that day that we decided to go out to eat sushi, and (crazily) thought our favorite all-you-can-eat sushi joint shouldn’t be that crowded. Yeah right! That was a bad idea and we learned never to eat out on Valentine’s Day again. We know it’s a totally commercialized holiday, but it’s still fun to use that day to show our loved ones how much we love and appreciate them. Celebrating love is always a good thing!
From time to time, Ben has also given them money responsibility lessons using the Dave Ramsey Junior Kits (we’ve already done the whole financial peace thing ourselves). I love hearing the girls talking about give, save, spend. They have a nice little wallet full of money, but they haven’t spent any yet, though they have ended up paying me if they neglect to do something (or sometimes when they’re late to something because they weren’t being efficient in getting ready). We don’t want them thinking money grows on trees, so we’re trying to instill whatever wisdom we can now.
There’s so much we have to teach our children; it’s such a big responsibility. It’s definitely a joy, but sometimes it feels overwhelming because you want to teach them well, but sometimes as parents, we just suck. I can think of plenty of fail parenting moments I have had. I’m glad God’s mercies are new every morning and that my kids are so gracious and forgiving. Parenting is such a juggling act. Most times I’m thinking, “Don’t drop the ball. Don’t drop the ball.” Next thing you know, I’m like, “Crap, I just dropped the ball,” and everything else comes crashing down. Then, you just gotta pick all the balls back up and start juggling again.
I’ve felt my heart tugged in lots of different directions (distractions) this week, but I need to remember all the girls want and need is me. I’ve got to give them that while they still want it. The truth is one day they’ll probably be over me (I’ll totally be yesterday’s news), so I better enjoy it now or I’ll be kicking myself in the rear end later.
I’m guessing my thoughts have just been relating to my word for the year of focus.