God Gave Me Five

Today’s five minute friday prompt is “five”.

Funny, the first thing I thought of when I saw the prompt was the children’s song “Five Little Indians”. Anyone know it?

“one little, two little, three little indians…”

Instead of singing the song to you, I thought I’d tell you about my five little blessings.

After a day of nicely saying “please don’t sit on your brother” and “remember don’t throw things in the house” as a stuffed animal bear sailed across the dining room and knocked pictures off a shelf. I was ready for my blessings to go to bed and I think I told them that in a less than kind way.

I had dreamed of having a family for years before it happened. I had visions of folding baby clothes, cooking family meals, and snuggling on the couch reading books. It was all viewed through rose-colored glass in that fuzzy semi-realistic way dreams exist.

Yesterday, with the chaos of four boys chasing each other around the house with rulers (yes, rulers) and my heart missing my beautiful Rebekah I was ready to quit this job called motherhood and run away to a place where no one talked to me and quiet was the norm.

But you know what? As I tucked each one into bed, my heart was full. It was full from toddler arms around my neck and sticky kisses on my lips. It was full from “Mom, I like to help you cook” as he carefully cut up peppers and poured rice into a pan. It was full from the “I love mom” message written in the steam on the bathroom mirror. It was full from watching Green Acres with my long-legged preteen and eating potato chips during the much-coveted one on one time.

At some point in life they will not be rushing home to tell me something exciting. They will not be begging me to sit on the floor and play cars with them and they will no longer fit on my lap to read books.

In spite of all the stress and busyness of my five little blessings, I must tell you that no one fills my heart the way they do.

May your own heart be filled to overflowing today!

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12 thoughts on “God Gave Me Five”

  1. Because our children are such blessings – as is being a mom – no wonder the enemy tries so hard to distort our focus and steal our joy! Yesterday was 13 years since our youngest went to Heaven and, of course, I spent extra recalling memories and reminding myself what a gift it is to be a mom. Your post was extra sweet to me today (and I sure do miss all those sticky fingers and kisses!:)

  2. As a parent of grown children, the best advise I can give is enjoy! It only seems like yesterday when my son told his sister that he had flushed her stuffed rabbit down the toilet, It still makes me laugh when I recall her yelling to the toilet bowl, “Don’t worry Leslie. I’m coming to get you!” I promise it will only seem like 5 minutes until they are graduating, getting married, or moving away.

    1. LOL!! I can totally picture your story. I remember someone once told me that the days are long but the years are short. I understand that now. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. I think I will think back on these days and miss them also. I hear grandchildren are the best. Enjoy your little blessings and thanks for reading!

  3. Good morning Heather, I found you through this week’s FMF post. I appreciate your openness, for it is how God connects us. I am deeply sorry for the loss of your daughter. I am a boy mom like you. Such blessing in the challenge as you eloquently point out. I look forward to reading more. In Christ, Julie

    1. Thank you,Julie. Boys are a different breed, aren’t they?? Most days I enjoy the activity and energy while others I’m counting the minutes til bedtime LOL I know this is a wonderful stage of life and I try to embrace it (broken dishes and all lol) Hugs to you!

  4. Heather, motherhood is the hardest work I ever done, followed by “Mimi” work 🙂 But no other task has filled my heart with more joy and laughter than being with the children in my life. May God bless you and give you all you need every day. And I know He will because He loves you all and He is faithful! Blessings!

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Hello! I'm Heather and this is Baby Joel, the youngest of five. At Lessons from Home you will find encouragement for your parenting and homeschooling journey. Healing from loss is also a major part of this blog as my family struggles through grief and brokenness at the loss of my beautiful 8 year old daughter.
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