I was searching for an article to send to an editor as a "clip" (example of my writing) today, and bumped into the following, so I thought I'd share it with you all. The "baby" in the post is now 2-1/2 years old. At the time, we were living in a 1290 sq. ft. house in Florida.
These are baby days in our household. Our little girl, Alyssa Belle,
was born on February 22, 2003. She's about 7 weeks old now and such
a cutie! We are so busy with her. I have had a hard time with being
content with the lack of work I can get done in a day. But time will
fly and Alyssa Belle will one day have as long of legs as her 7-year-
old big brother. Maybe I'll long for these colicky-cuddly days then,
so I'm reminding myself to cherish these days now.
Now that Alyssa Belle is 7 weeks old (tomorrow), already things are
getting easier than they were just a few weeks ago. So, today I
planted my herb garden. Of course, it was planted in little peat
pots rather than in the garden. I'll transplant the little darlings
once they germinate. There's not a chance to go out and hoe for the
plant babies when I have my human baby to tend!
Life these days is all about learning contentment. Either I can moan
and rage at my little, overflowing home and its sandy-soil yard and
the lack of time on my hands -- OR, I can thank God for these four
children blessing my life and make trade-offs in my mind. "Okay," I
say, "no garden in the ground? Let's use pots." "The floors in the
house are almost never clean? Let's make a game of clearing as much
as we can." All day long, I pray for serenity and think of ways to
make this life of mine spin less crazily.
As I tell my children, "Do all things without murmuring and disputing." (a Biblical Proverb)
Now, that's easier said than done!
~ April 11, 2003
by Lori Seaborg, who is still learning contentment!