|Mr. Danny and one of the sweet kids from the children’s home last year|
picture property of the Cherokee Home For Children Facebook page
There has been a common theme in our lives for the past few weeks. You just NEVER know. I’m not talking about with our kids, but that is obvious…. I’m talking with everyone we come in contact with. I’m trying my hardest to remember this always. You can’t read people like books. You just don’t KNOW what’s going on until they tell you.
You know the lady that wouldn’t move her basket or acknowledge my presence when I said “excuse me” AND “sorry” at Target yesterday? Maybe she was hard of hearing or spoke a different language…OR maybe she was having a horrible day and she was upset. Yes, I got a little annoyed, but then I had to remind myself that I can’t be mad at a random stranger for something silly. That becomes my problem and more stress for me than it’s worth.
On the flip side of that, people don’t know what you’re feeling unless you tell them. I’m the worst about this because I’ve always been on the shy side. I’ve been known to get annoyed when I thought people *should* have done something, but how on earth were they to know if I didn’t tell them???
So today and hopefully always, I’m trying to keep this in mind. You just never, ever know what a person has been through, you just can’t know everything. So when random things bring about random responses, just go with it. Don’t hide your feelings and shove everything down either!! Someone wants to listen to what you have to say!
10 Reasons Why I Love Nick Jr.
|property of careervanity.com|
Captain Fussybuckets is learning about forgiveness. He doesn’t really understand the concept, but he knows how to say “I forgive you.” He’s learning that even Mommy & Daddy make mistakes and when they do, it’s a good thing for him to forgive us. This morning, I (Mommy) was watering my plants and I accidentally tripped him with the water hose. OOPS! I felt horrible, he got hurt, he cried, Daddy got him a band-aid, but in the end, he told me “it’s okay, I forgive you.”
This got me to thinking….how many times has someone hurt me or someone in my family, and I didn’t forgive them? Or I said I forgave them, but I really didn’t…. I truly believe he HAS forgiven me for causing him to get hurt this morning. When he is reminded that his boo boo hurts, he says “it’s okay, Mommy.” (Now if he’ll forgive me for smaller things in ten years, like not letting him get a new video game or go swimming with his friends….probably not! ha!)
God tells us to be like the little children. This is just another way we can live that out. When someone does me wrong, whether or not it’s intentional, I must remember CF and his sweet spirit and ability to forgive me. God forgives us, so we must forgive others. I know some circumstances are huge and forgiveness is not easy, but I think we will be more at peace if we do forgive.
So….here’s your challenge for today, as well as mine. Think about someone who needs your forgiveness. You don’t have to tell them you forgive them, but it might help. Think hard…..is it an old boss? Ex-boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse??? Friend? Neighbor? A random guy at McDonald’s who yelled at you for getting in his way? Think about it. I’m trying, too!!!
|This is not the Captain, of course, but a 3 year old that was in our care and yes, that is baby powder.|
|This is a good day for our floor.|
|Playing in the mud with Cousin Z.|
|Nothing is safe. Nothing.|
|And last but not least, this is the reason I say you will never stop baby-proofing.|