The house was finally put back together after a 13 day visit with my son and his family. On the last night they were here, my husband and son did the dishes. I watched them as they joked and laughed, my husband washing and my son Matt putting away. It was a warm familiar moment reminding me of days long ago.
A week after they had left, I was looking for my large baking dish. Opening one cupboard after another until I opened the one where I found every baking dish, bowl, pan and pot stacked! Matt had put all of them in one cupboard!
Years ago I would have been upset saying, “Why can’t they put things away where they belong!” But not this time! This messy cupboard was a reminder my son had been home and this messy cupboard some how made me feel a part of him was still here … safe, happy, laughing with his Dad – a snapshot of a beautiful and blessed moment. I wanted to savor that moment and to this day I cannot bring myself to straighten up that cupboard. Every time I open it, I see my son.
Ladies enjoy the messy moments life can bring. Make a tent in the front room, play games, have fun! I promise you there will come a time when the house is clean and put together and trust me you too will long for those memories that fill a mother’s heart.
“Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.” Psalms 127:5
From my heart to yours,
6 thoughts on “Messy Moments”
I’m making a tent soon!
Thank you Danetta I needed to hear that tonight.
Love this Danetta! I try to keep my grandson’s hand prints on my glass door as long as possible rather than cleaning them off right away. His hand prints remind me that he has been here and having fun going in and out to play at Grandma’s house. Thanks for the reminder!
This is so sweet.
Thanks for that – I needed it. My kids are 5 and 2.5 and many days I am hard on myself that the house is not in tip top shape. Bless you!
I love the tent idea as well. My love is when my son comes and cuddles in bed. My husband used to get upset about him sleeping in bed with us but then I reminded him that kids grow up and move away and then the cuddle time is gone. I don’t want to miss those moments. Cuddle away my son!! cuddle away! Thanks Danetta. You brought a smile to my face and tears to my eyes for many memories of my older children.