Wednesday, February 18, 2015
my "aha!" moments
One day I let Mia run around WalMart in her pjs and I kept thinking to myself "Ugh, gross! Germs, dirt! I'm the worst mom ever!" Then I really looked at Mia's face (pure JOY!) and realized- I'm the best mom ever in her eyes! As soon as we got home I peeled off her dirty pjs and threw them in the wash. Such a simple clean up for me to let Mia enjoy such a simple pleasure!
When Eric got laid off I was so upset that we weren't going to be able to get Mia the items that we had picked out for her birthday/Christmas! Then it hit me like a ton of bricks that Mia could care less about "stuff"! She would be perfectly happy with a book that cost no more than $1.
Eric was offered a job just a week and a half later so we still bought her everything on our list, but we never even gave it all to her! Simplify. Mia is teaching us to simplify- and be happy with what we do have! (Although she does ask for a bike every chance she gets, ha ha! Someday, baby girl. Someday.)
When I take Mia on runs I always let her take a snack to keep her happy. I usually pack grapes, a banana or raisins/craisins. The other morning I was strapping Mia into the stroller when she asked for her "nana?!" I was so dang proud! Then I rewarded her with a sucker instead because sometimes, it's okay to let her have junk!
The first few years that Eric and I were married, we often talked about what a relief it was that we didn't have kids. "Thank goodness we don't have kids to add to our bills." You know, stuff like that. Now that we have Mia, we find ourselves saying "Thank goodness we have Mia" on the daily! The most surprising time (to me) that our gratitude for Mia grew in leaps and bounds was when Eric did lose his job a few months ago. I thought we would be stressed to the max because we have a child, but it was just the opposite. Mia is the one that grounded us almost hourly the day we found out the news. Just when I would get so angry and overwhelmed with stress, Mia would walk in the room, flash a huge smile at me and all my worries and stress would melt away. Thank goodness for Mia!! It's obvious that she is just what we need in this season of our life.
Posted by Courtney B at 6:41 AM