Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Patience.......

I would love to say that most of the time they both looked like this......

And that Emma kissing Johnny didn't normally end with a death grip hug and a screaming eight month old........

Or that Johnny just played contently on the floor at all times.....

And was always grinning like this when we walked in the room......

But the picture below is a much more common scene in our living room. Emma playing with a toy that she has just ripped out of Johnny's hand and Johnny just reaching for anything we haven't directly given him. Yeah, he has already figured out that the good stuff is the stuff just beyond his reach.

With two kids I find myself praying for patience a lot more than I used to. Some days I wake up and am full of patience. Somehow I wake up cheery and ready to face whatever my family has to throw at me. Whether it is Emma’s constant questioning “Cuz whyyyyyyy?” (yes she already does this, thought it wasn’t supposed to start till three) or Johnny’s high pitched scream when he is upset, I handle them all with grace and ease.

Ok, so this is some days. Most days, patience is something that I lack and can never get enough of. If someone asked me which fruit of the spirit I would like the most right now it would be patience.

The other day I was trying to rock Johnny to sleep. He has this high pitched scream that comes out pretty much whenever he wants something or doesn’t like what you are doing to him. It is like nails on a chalk board. I am assuming it is how he got the attention he needed while surrounded by other babies. Rocking him to sleep without a bottle is one of those times that the scream comes out. It lasts less than five minutes and he quickly falls asleep but I have to take a deep breath and brace myself before beginning this five minutes. I was sitting in the kids room rocking him while Emma was coming in and out of the room caring for her own babies. Each time she sees me rocking Johnny, she has to give his forehead a kiss. This happens several times during the 5 minute scream session and Emma doesn’t seem to notice that her brother is screaming as if being tortured. I had just gotten him to the point that he had stopped screaming but wasn’t fully out (you know that spot that you hold your breath and just hope you don’t have to start over) when Emma ran in the room, climbed up in my lap (while I am whispering “NOOOO!!”), pulled down Johnny’s face and kissed him. This, of course, caused him to start screaming again. I closed my eyes, took a deep breath and prayed for patience.

When I opened my eyes Emma was standing in front of me with just her underwear on (this is her normal around the house “outfit”) doing a booty shake for me. She is very good at her booty shakes. When she was satisfied that I had seen her she looked up at me, winked while clicking her mouth and ran out the door. HA!!!! I love being a mom. With all of the frustration and need for patience come moments of sheer joy and laughter that far outweigh those long days. Or at least they do so far…..but I only have two….and no teenagers. We will see 

16 comments:

Are These Kids All Yours? said...

It keeps outweighing the bad I promise, of course I have no teens yet either. Yep- my patience is NO WHERE NEAR perfect or even that great most of the time, but reality is that I am not perfect, but I love a perfect God who deals with my attitude :) thank GOD! :)

Blogging Elle said...

I think patience is an acquired quality... and you're doing great!

These are super-cute pics!! I hope you're well - hang in there! :)

Jeff Timberwolf said...

Veronica would do the similar thing while I was rocking Cadence to sleep. I too hate these moments and patience--YES!

Kamille

Lindsey said...

I think I just woke Tim up by laughing so hard. I can just picture Emma's booty shake.

So, I'll make you a deal: I'll pray for more patience for you, if you pray that God will give me more. Ok, it's a deal.

JonesEthiopia said...

We are going through some very similar things at our house, so you're definitely not alone! My R also does a good booty shake, too, which she's taught the baby.

Connie said...

"Because you know that the testing of your faith develops patience..." James 1:3 - You are praying for patience and the Lord is graciously giving you the tools to develop an incredible capacity for patience - Me, I learned a long time ago to never pray for patience...the Lord teaches us to be patient through the circumstances we walk through. Love your posts - always so very heartwarming.

MamaMimi said...

I have no idea how I am going to handle two when I am already praying for patience with one..but I agree...the joy outweighs the frustrations on a constant basis. No matter how frustrated I am, my lil man always knows how to turn my frown upside down! =
)

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emily v. said...

If you find out where to get an extra dose of patience, let me know! I'm running low over here too!!

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ForHisGlory said...

Girl, I am so with you! I remember when I went from one to two kids. I had three in three and a half years and these years are tough and never feel like they are going to get better, but they do and the kids grow up!

Blessings sweet Sarah
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Shana said...

I wonder if somehow, way back, our kids are related to each other. The scene you described is so familiar I could have written it. And I'm afraid the high pitch scream is just a wonderful character trait....because Mia (18M) has it too. We call her "The Banshee." Welcome to two, Sara, I'm so glad you joined us :-)

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