So, we baked on Wednesday, as I had intended. We opted for chocolate banana cookies instead of muffins – an excellent choice! Both the baking and the painting that followed were an effort to stomp out the ‘someday’ I too often draw on in my day-to-day. Between homeschooling and the business and all the other things I have on my plate, it had been too many weeks since we baked and painted together. It felt good to back at it.
Though it was also a test of my patience.
Those eager little hands love to help and take their sweet time doing it.
Am I right?
But yesterday, it didn’t matter. Yes, I could make the cookies in about a sixth of the time it took with my helpers, but that wasn’t the point. Instead of rushing them along (as I have done a LOT lately), I took some deep calming breaths, focussed on my patience, and left them to it.
The learned, giggled, got their hands dirty. They enjoyed the supervision of their Mama who was simply watching contentedly, and encouraging them along the way.
And I don’t think anything could have made them happier.
I want my kids to later reflect on their childhoods with memories of a Mom who had the patience to let them do these kinds of things, not one who was always rushing them along to the next task.
I want to encourage those eager little hands!
Focusing on the “worldly” causes me to lose focus on what’s really important. Sure, I may have lost bit of focus lately, but I’m getting it back. Oh YES, I am!
This post has been linked to Amy’s Finer Things.