Friday, July 10, 2009

I Love My Job

This morning I woke up to noises in the kitchen. Knowing Andrew had left for work a few hours earlier I was curious as to who it could be. I listened intently to sounds of dishes knocking, silverware clattering and cereal pouring. A minute later a cute little 4 yr old face appeared beside my bed with a bowl full of apple jacks and milk. Nate cheerily said, "I made you breakfast, mom!"
He handed me the bowl then proceeded to make himself a bowl of cocoa puffs. He returned bowl in hand and joined me in bed while we watched a little tv together munching on our cereals. Life is sweet.

Since we've moved into the temporary condo Emma has been a little anxious about sleeping by herself in her large king sized bed. Each night she asks if I will lay with her so she can fall asleep. Some nights I have other things I need to do, or want to do, but when I give in to her pleadings we share the sweetest moments. One night I mentioned to her that she's a little cuttle bug.
She has quickly picked up on this and now asks, "Mom, will you lay with me? I'm your little cuttle bug." She knows what melts my heart. And anyone who knows her knows that this is true. She is the sweetest, cuddliest, huggiest, kissiest little girl, even at times hugging strangers. (We'll have to put a stop to this before her teenage years, but for now it is so endearing.)

Which brings me to the point of my post. I love my job. Although at times it is rough and I want to run for cover, there are many moments that I cherish. One of my favorites talks was given by M. Russel Ballard at a conference for our church. In speaking to mothers he gives advice on reducing the pressure and enjoying the family more. He says, "First, recognize that the joy of motherhood comes in moments. There will be hard times and frustrating times. But amid the challenges, there are shining moments of joy and satisfaction." This has been so true this summer as I've had a lot more time to enjoy the kids and the true JOY they bring. I love you Nate and Emma!

Here's a link to that talk if you're interested... its great for all moms, dads and kids!

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