Writing these "letters" has helped me to process life as a new mother, remain thankful, and come awake to the little moments that make this pretty challenging season simply wonderful.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Day 1...Life, a beautiful mess

Dearest Sadie,
            Hello my love!!  Today is an exciting day!  And not because it’s a beautiful, sunny, 70-degree, February, Saturday afternoon, and the house is quiet because you and your brother are taking naps simultaneously!  While that is fabulous, this joy is about the new journey I’m about to embark on.  It’s the first letter of many more letters to come, My Daughter.   
            Already at three, you’re pretty particular about a few things needing to be a certain way.  That’s not to say you’re not flexible, because you are.  I can usually talk you down from anxious moments that may start to come up.  You are definitely the most easy-going and understanding three year-old that I know.  And the toddler years are usually not characterized by easygoingness!    The thing about you is, you really like things to be neat, working properly, and you don’t like getting a bit messy!  You tend to freak out when the jelly gets everywhere, or your little brother comes and destroys your dollhouse, or you can’t get the little elevator in you Littlest Pet Shop Treehouse to work because there’s a dog jammed in it.  Yet, you still manage to run around in shorts and a t-shirt in a torrential downpour with your daddy and mommy, and not mind it a bit!  While you’re pretty well-balanced, I still want to encourage you with this as I usually tell you in the moment, “Don’t worry about getting messy, Hon.  We’ll get cleaned up when it’s all over.”  That’s it!  Embrace the messiness of life.  You can’t get around it.  There are messes everywhere.  When you realize that, even expect it, you’ll find yourself able to trust the Lord in the midst of it all.  Speaking of rain, your nana has a quote up on her kitchen wall that says it nicely, “Don’t just wait for the storm to pass, dance in the rain.”  Patience is everything.  When something doesn’t quite go the way you planned, and they almost never do, it doesn’t mean decide to never make plans again.  It just means you need to plan for the unexpected.  Wait for God to work miracles in your life, because He wants to.  And let the peace of God rule in your heart.  Don’t rely on your own understanding.  When you need help, ask.  Ask Him first, and wait for an answer.  And remember He’s put people in your life to complete your puzzle.  And complicate it, don’t forget!  But it’s true;  He is trustworthy with all of our messes.  Don’t mope about it.  It’s okay to cry.  Just let Him hold you, let your mama hold you, let your husband hold you should you have oneJ, and then get up again.  He’ll clean you up.  

"Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."  Proverbs 3:5-6

1 comment:

  1. I'm so excited to take this journey with you... and Sadie. Thanks for this... I can be learning too. LOVE MOM