Redeeming This Monday

Monday, October 19, 2009 10 Comments A+ a-

It has been the Monday of all Mondays. Everything that could go wrong, has. And then some.

By 9:00 this morning, I had cleaned up a pee spot from Hudson, cleaned up a whole box of goldfish crackers that has been dumped on the floor, then cleaned up a pee spot from the puppy. (Did I mention that we shampooed the carpets from the honey incident?)

It was the kind of morning that had me near tears.

Nerves were frayed, emotions ran high, and I may or may not have yelled repeatedly for obedience. Which only created more tension, furthering the downhill spiral of our Monday.

I piled all the kids into the van to take Devyn to school, her first day back after missing two and a half weeks. And I poured my heart out to God, complete with apologies, knowing that I had done my part to create this stressful environment. We said our goodbyes to Devyn and on our way back home, I vowed to redeem this Monday.

We walked into the house and the first thing I did was put on a CD that Mom had given to all four of us girls "just because". Sing Over Me is fast becoming one of my favorite CDs. Worshipful lyrics set to light, soothing tunes instantly transform our home to one of tranquil and quiet. I'll say it again, soothing.

I put a pot of water on the stove, then knelt down next to my little man. My Hudson, who'd had a really rough morning; my Hudson whose main love language seems to be quality time. And I know if I don't give it to him often enough, the result is a cranky, disobedient child. So we knelt side-by-side and played with matchbox cars while waiting for the water to boil. 20 minutes made all the difference, his smile spoke volumes about that undivided time with him. And really, who doesn't love playing with cars.

Even now, I'm lying with a sleeping Hudson, listening to the rhythm of his breathing. And the soothing sounds of that CD is still playing over us. This Monday HAS been redeemed and I'm going to see that we remember this day as it is now.

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I’m a coffee drinking, book reading, laundry procrastinating, husband and children loving, mess of a woman who believes that chips and salsa can fix anything. We have chickens running around the backyard, a mountain of dishes in the sink, and on any given morning, I have at least 10 school forms that need my signature or initials. It’s a crazy life {I prefer to call it controlled chaos}, but its ours.

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Stacey
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2:20 PM delete

love it.

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Christine
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2:25 PM delete

:) So glad your day is going better. I'm loving that CD too!

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Courtney
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2:58 PM delete

I love the CD too, mom's note made me cry.
I'm glad that Hudson got some good quality time with you! What a sweetie

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Tamara
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3:29 PM delete

Awesome. Praise, God!

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Dana Marie
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7:26 PM delete

I bought that CD for Bell while I was still pregnant... we listen to it every night before bed :)

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Anonymous
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11:07 PM delete

yay for you. You always make me smile at the bright side. - Christina

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8:18 AM delete

You are an encouragement to me to live my life according to what we have been called to. I know you are not perfect, but Jenn, know that your honest is a real encouragement to the rest of us imperfect women out there. Women who yell at the kids, neglect the needs of those we love, etc. I am glad that through focusing on Christ, your day was made good. Praise God.

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Shamree
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1:14 PM delete

Oh Jenn, my heart feels for you, and understands completly! Abby sometimes looks at me like "where has my mommy gone?" and that quality time makes all the difference. I woke up and couldn't believe it was only Tuesday. Some weeks just stretch out forever...I pray your Tuesday is much better.

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Joy
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9:43 AM delete

Very sweet way to redeem the day. It never ceases to amaze what havoc children can create in such a short amount of time!

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Anonymous
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7:32 AM delete

Hey Jenn,
I love that cd too, I play it in Lizzy's room while she sleeps.
Ashleigh

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