Monday, January 26, 2009

Today is the day I Get To....

I borrowed this from Lana. I thought it was such a fabulous way to look at things. She saw this note on her sister's fridge and her sister explained to her, "I get to make my kids' lunches...I don't have to". I have to admit there are moments where I dread having to do certain things, like change yet another poopy diaper or brush all four kids' teeth two times a day. But who wants to walk around all day dreading things. Certainly, it's no fun to change 5 poopy diapers in a matter of 6 hours but if I look at this from a different vantage point, I feel blessed that I have the kids who create the poopy diapers. So along that theme, here's my list of things I Get To do:

I get to
wake each of my children up in the morning. There is nothing better than seeing your child's smiling face as they wake up to start another new day.

I got to
let Cole and Bella pick out their own clothes to wear to preschool, even though Cole's shirt didn't match his pants and Bella wouldn't wear socks with her shoes.

I got to
make each of them breakfast, even though they all wanted different things.

I got to
convince them all that brushing their teeth was a necessity.

I get to
take Garrett and Landon to a playgroup this morning which they always enjoy, even though though I haven't finished the laundry.

I get to
take Garrett and Landon to pick Cole and Bella up from preschool, which is no easy feat!

I get to
make them all lunch.
I get to rock Garrett and Landon for a few minutes, quietly singing to them, before they go down for a nap, as I can hear Cole and Bella fighting downstairs.

I get to
clean up the dishes from lunch and get some housework done while Cole and Bella rest and watch a DVD.

I get to
give them all a snack and take them to the gym, where I will drop them off at the gym daycare and then work-out for an hour to improve my health, even though sitting in a chair in the backyard reading a book while they play seems more fun.

I get to
rush home from the gym and make dinner for my family.

I get to
wash the dishes from dinner and clean up the kitchen while Tim gives the kids a bath.

I get to
brush their teeth, get them in their jammies, convince Cole and Bella to go potty one last time before bed and then get them all to agree on 3 bedtime stories.

I get to
rub their backs and sing songs to them quietly as they drift off to sleep, even though it make take 20 minutes and I may miss the beginning of a tv show I've been wanting to watch.

I get to
climb into my nice, warm bed a little earlier than I really want to because I have to get up early again tomorrow.

I get to
have some quiet time with God, thanking Him for bringing me patience, strength and courage throughout what might have been a challenging day.


ParentingPink said...

I love this "Sunny" outlook on life. Really. I feel the same way you do (especially changing poopy diapers) but it's all in "how you look at life" that makes it wonderful. I couldn't stand the thought of a nanny changing my daughter's bottom or making her PB&J even though these tasks can get "monotonous" sometimes. Great post!

Amy said...

this was a great reminder. sometimes its so hard to think like this, but it does make it better when I do. thanks.

Lana said...

I read this as "I get to" then switched it out for "I have to". Saying "I get to" just makes a world of difference, doesn't it?
What a great list.
I feel all giddy that you chose to use this idea as a post. ☺ ☺

Anonymous said...

What a great way to look at the everyday necessities that can be so laborious, ha I love that word!

And way to go for going to work out!!

Cant Hardly Wait said...

Aww, I loved this post. Really great stuff.

Morgan said...

It's all about attitude, isn't it? It really changes how we feel about things when we remember that it's a privelage to be a parent, not something that we deserved.

Have fun today!

SoBe said...

I just noticed that I had a comment! I was so excited! :)
That is my sister's house! That was taken in the early fall... but that's my favorite picture so I just threw it in there!

I do love your blog! Thanks for following! :D

Anonymous said...

Those sound like a lot of small, but beautiful, "I Get To's"!

I saw this on Lana's blog last week too and instantly fell in love with it. It has given me a whole new perspective on life!

Anonymous said...

Good for you for changing your perspective! I'm so thankful that Lana saw this on her sister's fridge!

Minxy Mimi said...

What a great way to take a thing that isnt too fun, and make it into something wonderful!!!
I love it!

Erin said...

Oh, that was nice. I get too impatient at bedtime, and 20 minutes is way too long. It sounds like you are much more patient than I am. I'll try harder tonight!

Sheri said...

I love this post! Thanks for writing it!

I'm not certain how I found your blog, but I can't stop reading. We adopted 3 children, the last 2 are twins. Their birthmother had a 9mo when they were born so she placed with us. Six months later she placed the child and about a week after her court date she found out she was having a second set of twins. She placed them too. We get together with the second set and their adoptive parents and it is so funny watching them together. So when I found you, I just had to laugh.... I can't imagine all you go through on a daily basis!
Hope you don't mind me reading and enjoying your blog!
God bless!

LaurieJ said...

What a great way to change our attitudes. I am going to really try and remember this. Especially when I am volunteering in 2nd grade math tomorrow :-)

Fearless Mom said...

funny how one word makes such a big difference.

Paula Constable said...

Oh, I love your post.

I get to do my family's laundry again. We are blessed to have clothing.

Lisa said...

Ahhhhh Helene, THIS is why I love you so much (besides the fact that you make me laugh so hard I pee a little)!

Elizabeth Channel said...

Wow, I needed that today. All I've done is huff and gruff around! I need to do this post so I will remember what to be thankful for!

Sharlene said...

Watching one of my best friend's daughters fight for life against cancer gives me lots of those get to moments. Thank you for reminding us all what a privledge it truly is .

mrsbear said...

What a great way to look at things, Helene. We so often get bogged down with the details, that we fail to appreciate so much. Thanks for this. :)

Debbie said...

I thought this was great when she did it as well. I loved all of your answers.

AmberP said...

(I only have two seconds to quickly pop on here... but I am soooo coming back to read this post. I just wanted to pop on quickly and tell you how much I appreciated your never-ending support. It means sooooooo much to me!!!!! *smooches*)

3 Bay B Chicks said...

Your daily routine has a number of similiarities to mine. I see the word "dishes" a lot.

I must agree with you about waking your kids up. I love it. There is nothing better than their wonderful smell and how warm they are. Mmmm....


barb said...

today I get to shovel a foot of snow by myself.

twinmama said...

Wonderful perspective. I agree this is the best way to look at things especially when we are stressed out.

I just had a ob/gyn appointment today (no announcements, just an annual!) and I was thinking about how just a few years ago I was there crying because I wanted to get pregnant and then was afraid that I was going to have another miscarriage. And girls will be two next month. I truly believe that I don't have to do these things, I get to do them because God said, "yes."

Cynthia said...

This is wonderful!!

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr

Blog Design by Likely Lola