It's been a while since I've written anything.
Those who know me personally know that I love to write. It's my first method of relaxation. But, I've just been so busy!
Baby number 4 was born 3 months ago.
She's an angel! - and what I believe and pray will be the completion of my family. If more come, then so be it. I'll be more than happy.
So, yes, I've been super busy. Running after 2 kids and a toddler during the day, nursing at night. My sleep level is pretty low and so it seems is my patience. (I should go back and read my own post about patience as a parent, I think)
As I take a moment today to breathe - while the 2 little ones are sleeping and the 2 older ones are swimming with friends - I turn on some Dan Gibson and sit down on the sofa, taking in what mess the kids made in the living room. I take a deep breath and remind myself that "hey, this is my kids' memories here. They're living. They're being happy and having fun at home while others are begging their parents to drag them here and there all day, every day."
And that thought brings a smile to my face. I feel like I'm doing something right for once. Yes, my house is cluttered with toys and diapers and snacks. But my kids are happy. They'll remember their home and all the fun they had - the fun they're still having.
This is when I realize my true moment of relaxation. With my music playing softly through the house, the green trees waving in the breeze out my windows beside the squeaking of the porch swing, the quiet tinkling of the baby's toys as she happily bats them above her. This is heaven on earth! I wouldn't want to be anywhere else, with anyone else.
I love my family. I have a handsome husband who works hard and loves his family. Four healthy kids who are growing and teaching me things I never would have known if not for them.
And a wonderful taste in music if I do say so myself ;-)
I'm not living in a millionaire's home. I don't have some fancy car or eat the most expensive foods...but life is good. Days roll by in a home full of laughter and smiles and stories from the most innocent of minds. It's the memories and experiences in life that create happiness. That's something more people need to stop and think about.
We need to learn to look at what we have - not what we lack - and only then will true happiness shine through.