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what I’m thankful for :: tea cups

Picking up after a toddler is like raking leaves while they are still falling. Some days it makes me crazy. Seriously, I want to pull my hair out…I can’t keep up.

But then, as I sit here packing your orders to go out (yes they are shipping to you this week!), I spy a tea cup on our packing cart and I just almost cry. Ok, as I type this the tears are flowing…

Why?

Well, first, my mind went straight to irritation.  My thoughts said, “Ugh, her stuff is everywhere!” (some days this does make me cry…) But then, I started to tear up because–

  • It reminds me of the tea party I had yesterday with my girls and how thankful I am that I took the time to be present with them.  Because today they are at the babysitter and, though I look forward to the break from them, I sit here now missing their noises.
  • I’m thankful that they want to play with me. Because, someday I know they will not be pursuing me for any more tea parties. They will be too busy, distracted, not interested — much like I am sometimes when I am home with them.  And, at that point, the tables will turn and I will be begging them to have a tea party with me so I can just get into their lives (really it will probably be coffee or hot chocolate parties then…).
  • And because I know that someday, when my house is decluttered from toys and the chaos has calmed, I will miss it.  I will miss it badly.  I will miss it because it makes me think of them and how they make my cup overflow with joy and how thankful I am that God chose me and allows me to be their mommy. I don’t ever want to take that role lightly…or for granted.

So, while it’s hard, exhausting, and out-of-control most days, I am thankful for that sweet little tea cup on my shipping station.  Because through it, God reminds me too that he dearly loves me.  He loves me MORE than I love my girls.  And while I don’t deserve it, I accept it today — because I need it and I need Him.

We’ve been praying these verses over each of you this week.  Soak them in, in the midst of the chaos, and be reminded — as I needed to be reminded — that to be filled with ALL the fullness of God is ALL we need.

Prayer for Spiritual Strength 

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3.14–19

With a thankful heart,
Kelsey

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