Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Dig a Little Deeper

A long time ago, I went to college to get a degree in Elementary Education.  A professor told us, "You can find something good to say about any child.  You may have to look a little harder in some children, but there is always some good there."

She was right.

I had my share of students that were easy to compliment.  And then I had those students whose gifts were buried a little deeper.  It was my job to discover those hidden gems.

The lessons I learned, both as a college student and as a teacher, have served me well as a mom.

Some days, it's so easy to find the good in my children.  Other days.... well, not so much.

But a lot of it depends on me.

I can focus on the fact that Ryley has misplaced or cracked a couple of her camera's memory cards and we've had to buy more.  Or I can celebrate the fact that she's capturing our family history for generations to come.

I can focus on the fact that no matter how many cute storage containers I buy to hold Reagan's yarn, she's never going to keep it organized like I wish she would.  Or I can celebrate the fact that she's using her knitting talents to raise money for children in Guatemala.

I can focus on the fact that Lily is not able to do many of the cute little arts and crafts projects I did with her big sisters when they were younger.   Or I can celebrate the fact that she likes to scribble with markers.

So many times, my perspective is what makes the difference in my day.

I can weep, gnash my teeth, and wish things were different.  Or I can wipe my eyes, quit bellyaching, get up off my fanny, and start digging for that hidden treasure.

I can feel sorry for myself that I'm still changing Lily's diapers or I can change her, tickle her tummy, and get a big belly laugh.

I can grudgingly pack my daughters' lunches or I can pack a surprise treat or stick in little notes or comics.

I can cook supper and be miserable about it or I can play "Name that Tune" with my girls while working.

I can curse the laundry or I can keep all the money that I find in the washer and dryer and treat myself to a mocha.

"This is the day the Lord has made.  We will rejoice and be glad in it."  (Psalm 118:24 NIV)

Even better, The Message says, "let's celebrate and be festive!"

I don't know about you, but I like a party.

So grab a shovel and let's dig for the good stuff.

Then we can do as Kool and the Gang advised:  "Celebrate good times, come on!"


  1. Wow L- thanks for this! I was about to get ready to head to school to teach my special education darlings and this message was a great reminder of why I do what I do. Right before the holidays, it seems that the kiddies forget all the things i have taught for the previous 18 weeks and frustration levels rise...in both the kids...their gen Ed teachers...parents....and unfortunately myself. So...thanks for the reminder to look for what they can do...and praise the heck out of it! I'm going digging today my friend....:)

  2. I love this one. I am really thankful for my children. I have to be reminded to give them the good parts of me, the happy parts, and keep the cranky ones to myself. This IS the day the Lord has made! Every day is.


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