All in all, today has been an amazing Monday. School was fun and we learned more than I expected. I got to take the boys to play tennis because they finished their work early. While playing tennis at my in-laws I picked 2 big bags of organic oranges. I will be making lots of fresh orange juice tomorrow.
And while the day as a whole was wonderful, what just happened put icing on my cake and made me reflect for the day on just how blessed I am.
Little Ms. woke up fussing. Normally I just settle her back down, cover her up, and she is back to sleep. Tonight though she wanted me to rock her and cuddle. My first response might have been, "No, sweety it is late, go back to bed". But not tonight and prayerfully never again. I scooped her up in my arms and cuddled with her in the glider. Moments later as I was drinking in her sweet smell and soft skin, she fell back to sleep. As I sat there with her sleeping in my arms and rocking to a gentle rhythm I not only gave thanks to God for allowing her to fall asleep in my arms (something she has rarely done since she was 10 months) but I also gave thanks for the willingness he gave me to minister to my daughter despite the late hour and my level of exhaustion. These moments with my children will not always be here. I must savor them and embrace them whenever they appear. In the blink of an eye they will be grown. Then what? I don't want to ever regret not giving a hug, cuddling, or being there for my children when they needed me.
Today and everyday I am thankful for ALL of my blessings!