I am not a perfect mom, and I definitely do not have perfect children. When you have people over, or people working on your house, you would love for them to believe that you and your children are perfect, or that you at least have some measure of control. HAH!
We’ve had Ted the tile guy in our house for the past four days, with one more to go. Ryley has been faithfully following Ted around, plagueing him with questions about what he’s doing, how this or that works, and such….Thankfully, Ted has children of his own, and understands how the mind of a male child works. Thankfully, he patiently answers Ryley’s questions. Thankfully…….
I think my patience runs out long before Ted’s does, especially when the kids are all running around screaming, throwing toys all over the new tile where Ted is working, walking/running on the newly-installed tile that should not be walked on quite yet, bouncing from the kitchen table that’s taken up residence in the family room to the couch in the family room, and just generally being my children. I have a drawer in my kitchen that is my gadget drawer, kidsafe, and often ransacked by my three for new “toys”. Last night was no exception……..Ethan got the mixer beaters first and took great delight in banging them on anything within reach. Then Ryley got one of the beaters, and a “sword” fight broke out in my kitchen……..At first, I was horrified. What would Ted the tile man think about my parenting capabilities? My sons were using beaters as toys?!!!!! My sons were bounding around most of the downstairs, battling each other to the “death” with their beater blades……Then I just started to giggle….This was one of the reasons I had kids…..one of the reasons I love having two boys…..My sons were playing as brothers should, Ryley showing Ethan how to hold his “sword”, Ethan taking up his little stance…..precious. Grace and I just started cheering them on. Ted even got a laugh (except when the sword fight took the boys over the newly laid tile once again!)……Just another one of those moments when I remember what is wonderful about being a mom.
On another note, I got an email from my sister Debby. She finished her first round of chemo, and had her follow up CT scan. The lesions on her liver have shrunk!!!!! One of the lesions on the lungs has grown a little bit, but that may have happened between the time of the December scan and the start of chemo in late January. The other lung lesions haven’t changed. She’ll be starting another round of six “cocktails” next week, then another CT scan in 8 or 9 weeks. THANK YOU so much for your prayers for her and our family as we battle through this particular fight. Debby’s amazing attitude continues, and it inspires me.