Sometimes, it is easy to become short-sighted and forget what is really important. Today is a great example of that.
Saturday is here! Family day and project day! I love Saturdays. This one began much like the others. Beautiful and I slept in just a wee bit. Well, okay, maybe a little too much today. We did get up at a respectable hour, but children have no concept of the blessing of sleeping in. Consequently, when we got up, Princess already had her hands full with the little ones and they were taking turns getting out of sorts.
As the day progressed we made it to lunch time and I realized that I had not started one of my projects because we were still busy helping the children regulate. It seemed as soon as we had one back to peace and happiness, another one would be replaced by some doppleganging alien that was clearly not our child. I would finish working with one child and would notice, with longing some little task that needed my attention. Those little tasks seemed to call to me, with such sadness that I would neglect them.
Lunch time came and went and it was time for naps. Ah, Nap time! “How do I love thee. Let me count the ways.” It was by this time that I finally clued into the fact the Lord was teaching us. All of us. Yes, sometimes I am a little dense. No, that is not news to me, but thank you for asking.
Yes, all of the projects that I wanted to do, were important. However, they are temporal. All of them will be as though they never happened in another 10 years (that is if I am masterful in them – which is usually beyond me). These little children that needed my time – they are eternal. They may not remember the time I spent with them today. They may not remember the help they received sorting things out with their siblings, playing in the pool, rolling around on the carpet, or the drinks and snacks they were given. They may not remember the specifics, but each of those little things helped shape who they are. Each of them helped them see a little bit of their Heavenly Father and how he dotes over us.
I am very blessed indeed. I wouldn’t trade this day for the world. My children had a good day. My projects, not so much.