The truth as I know it:

We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life. But those who make their journey home across time & miles, growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them, are carried on the wings of destiny and placed among us by God's very own hands. ~~~ Kristi Larson

Thursday, December 31, 2009

To Take Advantage or Not to Take Advantage?

My mom reads my blog.  And she loves me.  And as luck would have it, she's coming to visit today.  AND as procrastination would have it, my tree is still up.  :)  Guess who is offering to take down my tree for me!  There is no end to the amount of things guilt will make a mother do for her children.  I used to feel bad about stuff like this... and I sort of still do feel bad about it, truth be known, because my mom does ALOT of stuff for me.  She is babysitting tonight while we go out for New Years, she does my laundry when she comes in, plays tirelessly with my kids, buys oodles of clothes for Meg every season and sends the boys little surprises in the mail on a regular basis.  In general, I'm still the spoiled child I have always been when it comes to my mom, even though I am far from that child in every other aspect of my life.  But the question is, do I feel bad enough to try to get it down before she gets here so she won't have to do it?  Well, probably not!  :)  Maybe that is something the two of us can do together, actually.  It will definitely be easier to do that than do it by myself.  I know I am whining alot about this tree thing, but seriously, I'd rather drink hot water to wash down a mouthful of dirt than take this tree down! Argh! 

Gwen gave me the COOLEST shirt for Christmas.  On the back it has a quote from Mother Teresa that I have always loved.  It says, "It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you can live as you wish."  Oh my, don't you just love that.  It has so many meanings.  It's obviously applicable to abortion.  But it's so applicable to orphans as well.  Isn't that truly what we choose when we turn our backs on what we know to be true?  We choose that those faces staring out at us from waiting children websites and TV screens will die, figuratively or literally, so that we can be comfortable.  I am excited to wear the shirt.  Gwen said it was destined for me because I always "bring it with a sledgehammer".  I think that's her way of telling me I could be a little more subtle in my approach! :)

I hope you all have a great New Year!  I'm looking forward to my mom being here. I know it will be a hard weekend for her since she lost her mom, and my Granma, this time last year.  I'm glad we'll be together.  It's the circle of life, but it seems like after a year anniversary, things are always a little bit easier.  

Have a great New Years!  Happy 2010!


Angela Knight said...

What a sweet mom! So, do you think you'll do the same things for your kids when they are adults? You probably will. And, you'll probably enjoy doing it for them - just like your mom does for you! :)

Lindsay said...

Happy New Year to you and all your clan.

Craig and Phyllis said...

Wow, my mom just left yesterday and she didn't offer to take our tree down! Although I'm sure she is much older than your mother, since I'm much older than you! : )

Have a wonderful date night with your husband and Happy New Year!

carolinagirl said...

wow! you could be writing about me and my mom. she does those exact same things, and she has (in the past) taken down my main tree. I am a little neurotic about it so the next year when it was time to unwrap my ornaments, they were all in the wrong boxes. Somehow that drove me NUTS!

But she does all those other things without being asked. I don't give back to her like I should.

I hope y'all are having a great date night!!!!

We are home with the kids. Emma is down, and the boys THINK they are staying up til midnight. Hahaha!

Happy New Year!

Barb said...

Hope you had a lovely night out with Brian to welcome in the new year!

I love the t-shirt quote . . . can't wait to see it!

Kristine said...

Can I have your Mom?

I have to was the J of C party? (in-code ;) )

We are totally coming next year.