It never fails.

I can be in the same room with the telephone for three hours and it won't ring one time.  The minute, I mean the MINUTE, I walk up the stairs to do something, the phone begins ringing off the wall.  Of course by the time I high tail it down the stairs to get the phone, it stops ringing! 

I have found that there are so many of these little daily, inconvenient coincidences that take place in the realm of parenting as well.  

Everyone knows how your parenting style tends to simmer down a bit with the birth of each child.  I was extremely anxious and anal with my firstborn and now that I am on number four, I have taken down a notch or 50!!  I don't care what she wears most of the time, I could care less if all she wants to eat for breakfast is MY breakfast and if the darn sucker will keep her happy in the grocery store, she can have two!!  

With that being said, there is one area of parenting that I absolutely cannot get too laxed on and that is supervision.  I can confess that there have been moments that I needed a mommy time out and found myself hiding out behind the laundry room doors a little bit too long.  When I finished wiping the chocolate evidence from my face and reappeared into my "household society," I often found my youngest daughter practicing her cosmetology skills out, baring a close resemblance to Alice Cooper or Miranda Sings.  

Really, all I could was laugh.  Though messy as all get out to clean up, those really are the parenting moments you come to cherish.  
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The picture says it all....
These are the moments.....
my eyes were blind....

Maybe in the bathroom....
Or running way behind....

When my eyes were opened....
And I did reappear....

I saw the shenanigans....
And one thing became quite clear...

I must pray protection...
As I am busy cleaning or cooking...

As many accidents can happen...
When I am not looking. 
The fact of the matter is this, we cannot possibly watch and/ or see our children every second of every day.  

My heart breaks for the well meaning, nurturing parents that experienced a tragic accident with their children in those few moments that they were not looking.  I will take my lip stick canvas any day, however, we so very often rush to judgement when these horrific accidents occur.  

We start hurling accusations and inferring that we would never let something like that happen to our children.  While, yes, there are negligent parents in this world, most often, these accidents are happening to parents just like you and I, that happen to take their eyes off their child for a few moments, when in God's providence, the unthinkable happens.  

God has taken judgement from my heart, by replacing it with self awareness of my fallibility.  I am not a perfect parent, I will not throw stones.  

  I feel both blessed and grateful that my little accidents could be erased with some soap and water.  As I am fully aware..... they could have ended very differently. 

Let us give grace.... as it is grace we long to recieve. 

Peace and Blessings
Your Friend

Missy
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I guess dry erase markers make great nail polish!!! Who knew?
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SCHOOLS OUT FOR THE SUMMER..... meet my Alice Cooper!
 


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I love this message from this article, "I must pray protection...
As I am busy cleaning or cooking..."As a mom and teacher, this is exactly what I am, so busy with school works, so busy with household chores, busy with everyday routines, and I do know that what keeps me closer to God inspite of this is through my prayers and faith which are very important.

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