I was searching for an article to send to an editor as a “clip” (an 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 is 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 she will one day have as long legs as her 7-year-old big brother does now. Maybe I’ll long for these colicky-cuddly days then, so I’m reminding myself to cherish these days now.
Now that our baby is 7 weeks old (tomorrow), 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 making 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!