Last week, it was just another one of those days:
3:39 a.m. – Eight-year old says he can’t sleep and climbs in bed with me. He rolls around for a bit, can’t fall asleep in my bed, and returns to his own.
4:39 a.m. – Awakened by a horrendous musical sound that I thought was the alarm clock. Tried to turn off alarm clock only to find it would not go off. Figured out it was a game on the tablet sitting next to me. Don’t know why it went off them.
4:40 a.m. – Mistaking the clock setting for 5:00, I decide to get up (yes, I do normally get up that early).
4:50 a.m. – The dog throws up. The big dog.
5:00 a.m. – Still working on preparing the first cup of coffee when 11-year old comes downstairs. I shoo him back upstairs.
5:04 a.m. – Go on a hunt for wrapping paper, which I find…along with a large mess in a room that I thought was clean for company tomorrow.
5:05 a.m. – I try to wrap the 8-year old’s birthday presents only to find we have no tape. Tape hunt begins.
5:10 a.m. – Hear noise from upstairs and go up to shush the two children who are now playing in one’s room.
5:30 a.m. – Hear my alarm going off in my room. I must have turned it on inadvertently while trying to stop the noise at 4:39. The beeping makes the dog still in my room start to howl. The other dog, downstairs, starts to join in the howling. I rush upstairs before all the boys are up, turn it off, and quiet the dogs.
5:35 a.m. – The 8- and 11-year old ask if they can go to the basement and play. I figure it is the best alternative and may allow me to salvage my quiet time, so I let them.
5:40 a.m. – The 6-year old wakes up. Send him downstairs.
5:50 a.m. – I am tired and in need of another cup of coffee. I still have not done my quiet time, which is the reason I get up this early anyway.
5:59 a.m. – Last child gets up. Hope of quiet time is dashed for good today. Start breakfast and the day on a prayer.
I am not making this up. I couldn’t make up this level of crazy detail.
Yet, that is my life. Fire to fire to fire. It can be exhausting, especially on your own. Especially when all this happens before 6:00 a.m!
These are light and momentary troubles. I know they are. They are the results of having a big family and lots of blessings.
The night before, my oldest and I watched The Passion of the Christ http:/www.thepassionofchrist.com/. Keith and I had started the tradition many years ago to watch it at Easter time. As painful as that movie is to watch, I find it a good reminder of just what is important in life. It helps put “those days” into perspective.
Even when “those days” start before the first cup of coffee.
Kids up early? Thanks, God, that, with our busy schedules, I have “morning people” for children.
Dogs barking and throwing up? Thanks, God, for the blessing of our dogs, who are an almost constant source of affection and fun, never mind the protection factor.
Kindle going off? Thanks, God, for the technology that you have given our world, and that we in our family can share it.
And thanks, God, for our nice, warm home, our health, and the blessing of living together as a family in this great country of ours.
Sometimes the best reminder on a stress-filled day is the pictures in my head of Jesus hanging on the cross…for me.
Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
– Isaiah 53:4-5