Saturday, November 6, 2010

25 years of mothering...I am thankful !

Day 6...still thankful!

Mothering is probably the hardest job I have ever done. As with anything there are good days and bad days...good years and bad years. As I'm typing this I'm arguing with a three year old as to why she shouldn't cut all the lights off in the house....there goes the T.V! Is she trying to get our attention? I think she feels as though she's the parent in the house. Undivided attention? Isn't that what God wants from us? All those things you keep trying to do and they keep failing or have to put them on hold...distractions? Sometimes you just have to stop and listen. Sometimes laying those distractions down to really hear what's being said.

Mothering is not just for the little ones. We sometimes fail to realize the older kids are still!
Teenagers...we've all been one. When is the last time you stopped to just listen to what's on their heart? They to need our undivided attention.  Young and old...we all need a little mothering from time to time. I'm 44 and there are days when all I need is my mom to just sit and  listen to me...and she does! Our mothering never ends just because our kids are grown.

We have at this point many age ranges in our family...toddler to adult. I am pretty good at multitasking....but some days I feel as though I'm riding a roller coaster with all the pulling and tugging from all 9 +1. Maybe a rope in the game of Tug of War would be a better description. There are 2 decades between our oldest and youngest. I have to really be careful to switch gears when I go from talking to the 3 year old to talking to our 25 year old. Well maybe not! I sometimes call him Peter Pan...He is my child who wanted to grow up and be a cartoon!  With all the pulling and tugging I never get tired of hearing the word mom...even when it's being thrown at me x 9!

Twenty five years of mothering and I still have a little one who loves to snuggle with her mama! Maybe I should lay down the distractions stop typing and go snuggle with her! Hopefully one day she to will hear the word mama as she snuggles with her little one!

Today I am blessed and very thankful to be called mom!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Thankful for my life long love...Day 5

Twenty-Six plus years of loving one man. Twenty-Six plus years of  walking a road holding the hand of the one that honestly loves me...even when I don't feel lovable. Twenty- Six plus years of  raising 9 kids...we must be least I know I am! Twenty-Six plus years and I would do it all again... because this is what God had planned. Life with a man created just for me...God's love and blessing! I love you Kelley Holcombe...for you I am very thankful!

Day 4....If I could only Skype Kenzie to her aunt!

 Yes, I'm late posting'll get Day 5 later today. That is... if the 3 year old who won't sleep so I can get these posted on time...will give me a few minutes. Now to figure out how to Skype her to her aunt!

Day 4 of thankfulness....

Today I am thankful for Skype! This really amazing tool has allowed my children to connect with their cousins who live thousands of miles away in Honduras. Today for over 2 hours they talked,laughed and played games...yes we should have been doing school...I'll just call it Spanish  and communication class!

Growing up we always spent time with our cousins. Those memories are what childhood is all about. Summers and weekends spent gathering at our grandmother's house...staying out till way after dark catching fire flies and making our grandaddy fuss because we were too loud! He was watching the ball game! LOL!

 Our children are the youngest cousins in my husband's family. He's the 8th of 9 kids.Our older kids have cousin memories...but the younger ones have missed out. Kenzie is the 30th and youngest grandchild in the Holcombe family. Her cousin memories will be with an occasional playtime with the great-grand children. Yes...I am not much older than some of the nieces and nephews....even younger than some of them!

My family is a whole other story! I'm the oldest of 3 girls and the 4th of 7 children. My two related sisters have always lived at least 2 or more hours away. Their kids are around the ages of my younger 3. I so wish they lived closer so our kids could have the cousin time to build those fun memories! My step-sister...We didn't become sisters until our mid-teens(I hate using step sister...I just am for clarity) I usually refer to her as my sister...She has 3 children. Her two daughters have grown up with my older girls and they all have cousin memories to which they can look back and smile...I hope! They too have had the summers and weekends at grandma's and each other's homes...oh the stories I could tell !

Family to me is very important...being close in distance is what I long for. Today... Skype has relieved me from those unmet desires! To see my kids laugh and play games with my nieces and nephews was a delight to my soul !  I so wish I had Skype when I lived out of state...maybe California wouldn't have been so lonely! To be able to have coffee with my sister has been another plus to this awesome connection called Skype!

Skype can never replace that in the room connection...but it sure helps when the miles between you are just too long!

I would encourage you to look through thankful eyes...It's amazing how it changes your whole perspective on life!

Thanks for reading my post. I pray you are blessed and encouraged!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Thankfulness...Not just for the last Thursday in November


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Main Entry: thankfulness
Part of Speech: noun
Definition: appreciation
Synonyms: admiration, aesthetic sense, affection, appraisal, assessment, attraction, awareness, cognizance, commendation, comprehension, enjoyment, esteem, estimation, grasp, gratefulness, gratitude, high regard, knowledge, liking, love, perception, realization, recognition, regard, relish, respect, responsiveness, sensibility, sensitiveness, sensitivity, sympathy, thanks, understanding, valuation

So many words for such an expression of gratitude.I remember as a small child having difficulty expressing these words. I see that same hesitation in my children at times and have even walked away embarrassed from their lack of words. As an adult I see many other adults struggle with this expression of thankfulness. Is it pride...shyness...what is their reason for not expressing a simple thank you?

It's funny how that on this one day out of the year we all seem to pull those thank yous out of the air. What is it about the last Thursday of November that makes us more thankful than any other day? Should a holiday on the calender dictate to us when to be thankful? We all like to receive a thank you when we give of ourselves! But how are we at returning the acknowledgement?

We as humans have gotten away from being polite. We rush here and rush there! To busy to acknowledge those that give of themselves. Saying thank you is an affirmation that someone other than yourself gave a moment of their time to you. Pride? It really doesn't matter why. It's amazing how the simple words ...Thank you...can turn someone's day around !

Today I am very thankful for my mom. On her 18th birthday she gave me life. Several years later she introduced me to eternal life...Jesus!

I love you mom!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I am Thankful...Day 1 and 2

Today I had a Facebook challenge from my sister...Post one gratitude of thankfulness everyday now until Thanksgiving. The challenge is to remind us how blessed we are and how much we have to be thankful for. I have to admit I fail miserably at being thankful most days. A good reminder to help me to focus on the good and not the bad is just what I needed! We in America are spoiled! We live in a country where we can freely and challenge others to be a better person! We search for more when what we really need is less! It's time to make this heart a thankful one!

Since it's after midnight here...I really should be asleep...Here is Day1 and Day 2...

Today...I am thankful for the privilege to vote.

Today...I will express that right!

Today...It's time to stand and be counted.

Today...No matter the outcome...I still serve a great and mighty God to whom I am thankful !

If your a U.S. citizen DON'T forget to vote! Your vote matters!