Have you ever had one of those mornings when you woke up and just thought, "Oh, this isn't going to be a good day"? That's what I thought this morning. For one, I woke up over an hour late. Nehemiah sometimes gets a hold of my clock and pushes buttons unbeknown to me. So the alarm didn't go off, and usually I wake up on time on my own, but today I didn't. Daniel was happy because he always encourages me to rest more, and I appreciate that and should have just thanked the Lord for that extra rest. But I was upset that I wouldn't have that quiet hour alone with the Lord. The boys were already dressed and starting their chores and it was time to wake up the younger ones.
I felt badly as I prepared breakfast and saw Daniel and the children each in their own spots with their Bibles and notebooks and how quick I fell into self pity...thoughts of "Oh, I wish I could get up later and still have time to have my quiet time". I knew then that if I continued letting my mind think such things, it really wouldn't be a good day. So as I chopped mangos and bananas, I asked the Lord to forgive my selfish and angry spirit, to help me be joyful and sweet, and to lovingly serve Him as I serve my family.
And you know what, it was a really good day! :) First, I was able to spend some time with the Lord on my own while the older ones practiced their music and the little ones napped. I told Benjamin we'd just do his piano lesson next week and he could read or work on a project instead. Secondly, I moved my alarm to the other side of my nightstand so Nehemiah can't reach it :)
This morning, Hna. Meche came over. She comes over once a week to do our ironing and teach the girls and I another authentic Mexican meal. Today we had chicken with beans and rice while she gave us another lesson in tortillas. I'm still trying to learn how to roll them out round!! She got the ironing done early today too and so sweetly hung all my clothes out to dry. She's getting baptized next Sunday too!
After the children go up from naps, we went over to the church building for the rest of the day to help with some projects. The boys found a big scorpion in the main room (it was mostly dead) and added it to their bug collection. The girls and I made a couple of floral arrangements for the front of the church and the piano.
Tonight, after the children finish their showers, we will have Bible time with Daddy, and then the Hna. Josefina will come over for an hour to watch the sleeping children while Daniel takes me out for a taco and to visit one of the ladies in our church.
Thank you Lord for each day! Thank you Lord for today.
Daniel wanted a turn at rolling out the tortillas....I love Noah's look in this picture...He's getting down there to make sure Daddy's doing it just right :)
Hna. Meche and the girls making Tortillas
Look what I found Mommy!!!
Here's a closer look :)