This time of the year I am filled with energy... with vision... with project inspiration... and most important, I am filled with gratitude. Every time I come home and see my house I am grateful. I see my kids playing in our cul-de-sac... (24 of them 6 of which are mine!) and I am grateful for good neighbors, a safe neighborhood and the blessing I have in being surrounded by wonderful people.
Oh, hubby's going to thank me for posting this picture. The sad reality of getting older... your hair falls out of your head and starts growing out your ears or out your nose or worse, out of your wife's chin! I swear, I'm 34 and experiencing premature aging! Nice double chin I have... grrr... ANYWAY.... back to the subject.
We celebrated our son's achievement in scouting. He received his Webelos rank and next month will be receiving his Arrow of Light... big stuff for the cub scouting program. Like my shirt? I'm "Hooked On" the Boys Scouts of America. It's my second religion.
It's nice as a mother to see benchmarks of your parenting progress. I see it when my 3 year old helps my 1 year old get dressed. I see it when my 4 kids come home from school and are upset about the way their sibling was treated on the bus. I see my progress as my children receive Character Counts awards at school and I see it when my boys advance in Scouting. My older son has his Star rank in Boy Scouts (at age 12) and is on track for his Eagle Scout award in 1 year.
Ladies, let me tell you what I know. After having 6 kids, 3 of which are boys... the Boy Scouts of America is the second best parenting help you can get next to church. Find a Cub Scout pack near you. Find a Boy Scout Troop... and then watch your boys become men. This program has it all: fun, adventure, activities, service and values that support what you learn in church.
This is my Beautiful Life. These moments are the sweet rewards of motherhood. Being with my children, seeing them grow, and taking moments to feel grateful for my blessings make this life sweet and full of joy... and this week "My Priorities were Organized, my closets were not."
What makes your life beautiful?