Our church meets in two services in the summer, then back to one service in September, I was excited to see some faces of church members I've not seen all summer. I was also looking forward to the new series our pastor is teaching in our Sunday school on Christianity vs. Muslim. Needless to say I was excited about Sunday school and church yesterday.
I had all our clothes laid out, the boys bags packed, and I went to bed early to avoid being tried at church. (John and I believe in preparing for Sunday morning on Saturday, makes for a smooth, calm morning when everything is ready!)
At 2 am on Sunday morning I woke up to Luke, my two year old, coughing with a running nose, and begging to come to my bed. I knew right then, my expectations of the day were going to be shot. I thought to myself, "This is just a season!" as we drifted in and out of sleep in our bed.
Sure enough Luke was sick and John suggested we flip, he go to Sunday school and I go to church, which we did. So I was able to go and be fed this week.
Luke's runny nose was dripping most of the day, but he was able to play. So it wasn't a knock-ya-out type of cold. I figured I was safe to stick to the plans of having over some long time friends this morning for coffee. I got my house cleaned last night, and prepared for my company. I even pulled out the fall decorations! I was looking forward to some catch up time with my friends.
Again, Luke was up at 1 am and then 5:30 am with a runny nose. I finally got up with both boys at 6 am. Luke was just laying around but wanted juice. A few minutes later my kitchen floor was the spot of his first throw up. He said he felt better and wanted more juice. A few minutes later my clothes, his clothes, and the couch were the second spot of his throw up.
I called my sister, who was also planning on coming over, to cancel our plans.
Why do I share this? One is to share than life is full of disappointments. We raise our expectations and life throws us curve balls, so we adjust. What is our attitude when that ball comes zooming our way? I am no expert in this, normally I struggled to pass the test, but yesterday and today God has given me grace. I calmly accept His plan for my day and know that this too shall pass!
Second I share it because I know many of you are single and hope to be moms some day. This is the joys you get to look forward to. I don't say that sarcastically, I say that seriously. Ask God to prepare you for days such as mine!
Luke's playing in the bathtub, to clean up the throw up that ended up all over him, as I write (don't worry where my computer is I am about 5 feet away from him!) and I pray that he bounces back quickly!
What expectations have you had to let go of recently? How was your attitude?