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Monday, March 15, 2010

Things I realised this weekend


Saying "no" and setting boundaries is a good thing and very liberating. 

With life in perspective I can look past the little things that usually irritate me and see the big picture.

It is not easy when one of your grown up children move back home...and it is often necessary to just close their door so that you don't see the mess:)  I am one of those people who believe that each thing has it's place...so this is a big thing for me. 

That picking up things and putting them away, clearing away countless cups of coffee, wiping sticky spots from kitchen tops all day (sometimes it feels like it)  and picking up toys strewn through out the house will not kill me.

That creating a sanctuary for your loved ones costs a price and takes a conscious decision. 


That there is a reason why at some age, reproduction no longer takes place.  Sjoe, the energy you need to keep little ones occupied, clean and happy:)

That it is possible for a little one to stare at you long enough to wake you from your slumber:)  (On Sunday morning I woke up, felt Leane's breath on my cheek and when I peeked at her through my lashes she was staring intently at me.  When I opened my eyes, she laughed loudly and crawled into bed with me.)

That despite the fact that I don't believe children should sleep with you, I prefer a good night's sleep.  (Friday night Lukas slept between me and DH and did not wake once during the night.)  Thank goodness for king size beds.

That I cherish the two hours ALONE each afternoon before the rest of the family comes home.

That unless you are a parent or grandparent it is difficult to grasp the term "unconditional love".

I am truly blessed.
xx

22 comments:

  1. With life in perspective I can look past the little things that usually irritate me and see the big picture-I have a REALLY hard time seeing the big picture as a SAHM. Each day tends to seem like monotony.

    That picking up things and putting them away, clearing away countless cups of coffee, wiping sticky spots from kitchen tops all day (sometimes it feels like it) and picking up toys strewn through out the house will not kill me-some days, I swear this will be the death of me. Really. I feel like I do it all day, every day.

    That creating a sanctuary for your loved ones costs a price and takes a conscious decision- Another tough one for me. In the home everything thing I do should bring glory to God and bless my family. However, I find myself rarely doing it with a joyful heart.

    That unless you are a parent or grandparent it is difficult to grasp the term "unconditional love". -AMEN!

    Your post is very thought provoking. Thanks for sharing:) It really got me thinking.

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  2. I loved this post.Yes , dear Lynette, you're blessed!.
    I believe that "me" time and saying "no" are imperative!
    Gteat picture up there!:)

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  3. Ditto to everything you said! It took me a very long time to learn that 'no' is a legal answer.

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  4. Great post - so very true.

    I realise that having K Jnr home must be really tough on you - think also how tough it is on him. Having to be under 'mom's rules' again, when he has been away from them for so long. But having those littlies around you more often, tiring as it is, must be so wonderful (even if they do wake you up - mine does it often!).

    However, saying 'no' is a wonderful and often very freeing answer to give!

    XX

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  5. Oh we also have those bouncies - they are great.

    All you say - so true. It must be really tough to "revert backwards" with these household monotenies.

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  6. sounds like the opposite of an empty nest ;-)

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  7. a great post, filled with a lot of thought.thanks for sharing.

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  8. Ditto!!!! To everything!!! I feel the same way!!! So much monotony!!! I got 3 teenagers step sons and a 2yr old and belive me, I have to clean behind them all the time!!! I feel like a sergeant!!!! And all i want is a clean house!!! Is that to much to ask????

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  9. Family is the best thing - the whole meaning of life - but it is difficult to be the mother - the one in control & the centre from which everything radiates - our job is hard...like you I also tire of the mundaneness of it all, the mess, the cleaning & sorting & always being the one everyone looks to for all the answers, but I also love them all to bits & have to remember, like you, that sometimes it's better just to close the door! DD's new bedroom is upstairs so I am hoping that makes it less tempting to pop my head in ;-D

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  10. Thanks for the reminders! And thanks for your kind words about Erin xx

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  11. oooo this is so so true! And you BG calendar in the post below is WOW!! I love love love it. Thanks for joining in my blog giveaway too Lynette - you're in the draw :)

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  12. So true & wow you are a "together" person to see the big picture. I also love "my time" when I can do either nothing or something just for me - LOL it doesn't happen often enough but keeps me going.

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  13. lol ! in this case I am reminded that doing a little household chores will not kill me either since I am past the stage of putting away toys .

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  14. I Just love this post Lynette.. thanks for sharing!

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  15. Great post Lynette! You always so clever, love to visit your place!
    Hugs my friend
    God bless you and your family!
    Lidia

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  16. What amazing perspective! I love reading through this list. It is so true! While it may be difficult at times to have them in your home, what a special time you will treasure always. The children are at such a sweet age.

    Someday I'd love to learn Afrikaans (I'm guessing that is what the other words are). It seems like such a beautiful language.

    You are doing great, Lynette. Enjoy your day :)

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  17. Your post always make me think! Thank you!

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  18. Hello there,
    Sending you greetings from over the seas, and lots of love

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  19. Oh I just loved reading this post it made me laugh and I so related to many of your comments! I had to giggle at the "everything has a place" thing! I am the same way!

    Oh, and I just loved your comment to choose to make your home a sanctuary! I am going to use that if it's okay! What wisdom you have my friend!

    I would love to sit, have coffee or tea and just listen to your heart and your wisdom! At least this blog allows me to have a bit of it! THanks!

    Thanks for sharing!
    oh yeah! love your Basic Grey calendar; your pics matched perfect! I did the same one for my dh office! Love it!

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  20. You are truly blessed, Lynette!

    Thank you so much for sharing with us.
    What you are going through make me
    a better wife and mother.
    Thank you so much.

    Did you know that I am now hosting a new meme?

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    Lynette,please join us for the WEEKEND FUNNIES.
    Week #2 is this Friday to Sunday (March 26-29).
    See you there?

    hugs
    shakira

    Oscar Wilde-The IRISH Gentleman

    ART OF GENEROSITY

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  21. I enjoyed this. Was giggling at a couple of them especially the reproduction one...amen to that! I have been trying to keep busy here..has been a rough road with the loss of my dad aka the gentle giant. I keep thinking I;ll miss him less as time goes by but I seem to only miss him more and more. God is good though. =O) Blessings on ya!

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