About Christina: Hmmm... I like wine A LOT.
No but seriously, I am a mom of two; Peyton is 3 and Teagan is 21 months. In my "spare time" I really enjoy cooking and trying out new, fun recipes. One of my favorite things to do is hang out with girlfriends eating and laughing in the kitchen.
I'm sure there is no one like me who wakes up most days thinking of all the to-do’s for the day, the kids are already fussing and demanding milk and not always seeing the glass half full, right?! This past week I was wondering what the heck I was going to write for this blog post for MOPS that would be funny, relatable, and encouraging but also real. And what do you know, as soon as I go looking for something, God throws me into a world wind of events that is completely not in my perfect little schedule and teaches me a lesson. Half way through this week of “waves” I laughed and said “Thank you God.” He knew exactly what I needed in order to write this blog for you all and to teach me a lesson along the way. Psalm 37:7 says “Be silent before the Lord and wait expectantly for Him.” Well I did and He answered me in a mighty way.
Monday started off as any other Monday; a steering meeting first thing in the morning that is always uplifting and encouraging but that particular morning was a difficult start. It was raining, there were tornado warnings, and the kids were a mess to get out the door on time. While at the meeting some curve balls were thrown my way that threw me off my perfectly written agenda that made me feel the pressing in of Satan. I went home a little down, a little worried and filled with anxiety. That night was our Women’s Ministry Fall kick-off dinner at church; one that I always look forward to because I’m filled with the Holy Spirit and rejuvenated. Well on top of having to be there early for set-up, my husband also had a commitment outside of the house so I had to get a babysitter. I had to prep dinner for them, get their bedtime items in order, and get him ready to go out the door all with getting my stuff ready to go too.
Tuesday was the dreaded first day of Jury Duty!! Not knowing what to expect and having a not so happy heart about it, I didn't sleep at all the night before and woke up at 4:30 to Peyton in my bed who peed a river that I unfortunately rolled into. I also was feeling a little sore and sluggish from the flu shot we all got Monday afternoon. I left my house with what I thought was plenty of time (45 minutes to drive into Annapolis) only to enter the Jury waiting room with a minute to spare! I waited and waited and waited, and I sat and I sat and I sat… and then I went home for the day.
Wednesday morning I thankfully didn't get called in for jury duty but I was tasked with going to the dealership “all the way” in Laurel to pickup my new tags for the truck. I am not one who likes long car rides nor are my kids. I thought waiting until after 9:30 would clear out the traffic on Rt. 32. So I packed the kids up (in the rain again) and was on my way down 32 when a huge tractor trailer truck pretty far in front of me pelted my brand new truck with a boulder sized rock that flew off his bed. Needless to say I now have a gigantic crack in my windshield that is only going to get worse until I fix it. I hit traffic on 32 and on 198 at 10 am, Crazy! We finally arrived at the dealership 45 minutes later only to be told that I need to drive over to the service department because I don’t have a front bracket for the license plate. I get there, the sales department didn’t tell them I was coming, I waited in the waiting room as my kids are rolling around on the floor and fussing only to be told they don’t have an extra bracket on hand and I’ll need to come back. Great news I thought in my head driving home.
Thursday was pretty low key, I got out of jury duty again but it was MOPS week so I did have to go into the warehouse for setup that night. I usually get in at 6:15 or so and am out by 7:30 but not this night. My husband had a prior commitment that would keep him out until 8 pm that night so set-up was going to have to wait. Im an early bird so my bedtime is usually 8;30, so the thought of having to go out that night and not be in bed until at least 9:30 was already making me angry.
So this may not be the worst case scenario week and maybe some of you go through days like this all the time but I don’t do well with unexpected events. I am a very organized, list driven, check off to-do’s kind of girl and when things don’t go that way I get flustered and completely thrown into a funk. I would go to bed and wake up every morning that week thinking “What is going to go wrong tomorrow?”
I knew that my sour spirit was not helping my family function well and I knew something within me had to change. Throughout the week I tried to be intentional in counting the blessings of the day. I knew if I kept on the negative path my days would be failures every single time. There is a silver lining in all life situations we encounter, big and small. We have to be intentional on our thanksgivings. God doesn’t forsake us! So I sat back and looked at all of the things I needed to be thankful for each day that week.
And these were the first ones that popped into mind when thinking, a few of many I’m sure. Monday I was thankful for the two hours I had with what I consider some of my best friends, our steering committee is such a tight knit group that has really bonded over our passion for MOPS and Jesus. I was also thankful for being able to help with setup the night of the dinner and thankful for the friends who came out to hear our wonderful speaker. I was thankful for all of the women who were struggling in their faith that came out and heard about God’s love too.
Tuesday although I complained of having to go to Jury duty I was released for the day at 11:15, not called back in again for the entire week and because the following Monday was Columbus Day the courts were closed so I really got off scotch free. I went to the grocery store on my way home, flustered and unprepared and ran into a friend from MOPS, Sara Fox, who just calmed me and made me smile. A blessing to see every Tuesday night for me is how excited Peyton gets when he goes to Awanas. Every day he asks to go there and he’s memorizing his verses and learning about Jesus, it makes my heart melt.
Wednesday I relished just being home with my kids all day. I embraced the whining and the fighting and thanked God for the chance to be home with them every day. I know the emotional angst I had just going to jury duty for a half a day, I cant imagine the emotions a working mom feels. And to top off the day, my sweet non-napping 3 year old Peyton, took a two hour nap and for the first hour he laid in my arms and I got to nap with him while Teagan slept up in her crib.
Thursday morning was bible study where I just sit back and listen to wise women in the church teach God’s word. It was a day full of warm fires, snuggles on the couch with my kids and an unexpected visit from a friend who brought cupcakes! I had a great conversation with another friend where we laughed and joked on the phone for an hour or so and what a blessing when Jill came to help me setup for Friday morning MOPS.
And as always, MOPS Fridays can make a sour week sweet. I absolutely love to be there with all of the different, fun and beautiful moms. I am thankful for what God has done with this ministry and to top off a great morning; Scott, the kids, and I had our weekly Mi Casita dinner that night.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner I challenge everyone to look at everything you have to be thankful for. Someone is always going to have more than you or have it easier than you but on the flipside you will always have more than someone else or have it easier than someone else. God only gives us what we can handle in life. So if you’re having a bad day (or week, or month or year) continue to pray, continue to be thankful for all the good in your life and I promise that He will pull you through, it may not be the way you wanted it to be but He listens to our prayers and answers us.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends, safe travels.
Over the course of the next year we look forward to bringing you posts from members of our steering team, our mentor moms, MOPS Volunteer Staff and the MACC pastoral staff!