I was going to post a Wordless Wednesday post today - some pictures of our kids making mess and having fun.
Then last night, a link on Facebook sent me blog hopping. I read and read and read. Blogs written by women who have experienced significant loss in their lives. Blogs about losing husbands - suddenly, or through long-term illness. Blogs about sick children. Blogs about the grief of watching a child dying. Blogs about the aftermath of having a child die. Heart-breaking stuff. Stuff that I pray you and I never have to experience.
Last night (pre-blog surfing), I wrote a to-do list for today. It was the usual - drop Miss 3 at preschool, pay preschool fees, return note about duck-hatching program, groceries, Bible study, clean toilet, dinner for tonight, prep dinner for Thurs/ Fri... I'll probably still do most of these things, but I have a very important addition:
Love and appreciate my children, and make sure they know it. Play, read, cuddle, pray, smile a lot, laugh a lot.
It is way too easy for me to focus on the to-dos, to measure my day by how many ticks I have on my list, to get frustrated when my children hinder my plans... today it will be different. Today, being mindful of the absolute blessing I have in 3 healthy children, an involved and caring husband, and a loving God, I'm thankful.