Forgetting the Joy

You know, you forget how much JOY comes from being a mother.  You know, those items that are generally on a busy "to do" list? 

preparing meals for the family
taking care of an 18 month old
grocery shopping
mopping the floor
doing the dishes
playing games with your bored 5 year old
driving the kids around to their various activities
making the bed
scrubbing bathrooms
pulling weeds
washing windows

Until these responsibilities are taken away from you, I think you forget how fulfilling they really are.   This week, and especially today, having these things removed from my life has been really hard.  These activities are truly where I get my greatest satisfaction.  I'm trying to be patient, to enjoy the "break" and to use the time wisely for other things I can do.  But that fulfilled feeling is missing at the end of my day. 

I will be so grateful to load the dishes, mop the floor, and drive the kids around once the pain is gone.  Until then, I will do what I can to fill my spirit and heal my body so that there will be such a day and so I can welcome it with open arms.


  1. Thanks for the reminder. I'll go do my chores with more JOY today because of you. Hope you feel better very soon!

  2. I'm working on this right now, inspired by your blog and by reading Stephanie Nielson's memoir _Heaven Is Here_. She writes and came the youth conference where D and I presented. I've never followed her blog, but knew who she was and after hearing her spoke decided to read her book. It's been a good reminder to appreciate all that my body can do and all that I can do with it to serve my children and husband and be a mother and wife. I appreciate the little doses of the same that I get from reading your blog. Thank you!! and feel better!

  3. Okay, can I just say that I really should have proofread my comment?! Please excuse the typos! "came TO the youth conference" "hearing her SPEAK"


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