Thursday, November 8, 2007

Smoother Waters...

Aaaaghh! It's 8:59, and I only gave myself 'till 9 to blog!!! OK, I'll type fast!

So many times, my blogs about Ellie are about our struggles. My little teenager wrapped up in a 5 1/2 year old body. So today I wanted to blog something Positive about her. She is a beautiful, smart, and when she's happy, an absolutely delightful child...

She's almost 6, she reminds me almost daily, and she doesn't need me much anymore. I've been SO impressed with her attitude the last few days. Usually our mornings involve Lots of prodding from mommy, to get her Up and Dressed. The last few days she's happily rolled out of bed, with minimal prodding, and gotten herself dressed QUICKLY! Today she positively Popped out of bed with a Smile on her adorable face, and proceeded to get dressed SUPER FAST! She even MATCHED HER CLOTHES. Oh, the delight I feel in that! School has been good for her, and good for me. Seriously, she needs the Challenges that school provides for her, and the structure, she does really well with Lots of structure.

Having said that, I know that there is something else that makes a Huge difference, and that's Me. When I'm calm, rested, not stressed out and running absolutely everywhere, She is happier. She feeds off Me. Even if I think I'm hiding my stress from her, she feels it. Now, don't get me wrong, there are times that I'm doing just great, and she isn't! But the last few days, I've been very relaxed, very un-stressed, and the smile on her face today, it was absolute Proof to me that She needs me to be like that!

Interesting, that I can't hide my true self from her. A lesson I'm learning. Not only do I need to model being a Godly women to my children, I actually need to Be a Godly woman.

Thank you God, for this Strong child of mine. You have taught me SO much through her. Thank you for the reminder, that what we are on the Inside is so important to our children. Thank you for helping me through the "rough" years we've had, and blessing us with smoother waters lately. In Jesus name, Amen.

7 comments:

Janelle said...

Great post, Shelley! It is so true that they feed off our emotions and mood. I am proud of you for recognizing that and putting value on how it affects Ellie. I knew she would be a champion at school!!

Yay, Ellie!

Renee said...

This is a really great post! I've been thinking a lot of these same things lately. I've had a really rough time with Becca (2 1/2) lately, and I know that a lot of it is because I'm stressed. If I really hand things over to God and don't worry about things, then it really affects both myself and Becca.

I'm happy to hear that you're learning some good things through this, and that you've been having some good days with your little sweetie.

P.S. I just noticed that you have 3 kids...and that your youngest is a boy. We're thinking of having another one, but everyone tells us we'll have a boy, since our first two are girls. It's kind of nice to know it's not for sure. :)

Alana said...

Yay Ellie! I'm so glad for you that things have been smoother for you lately. School has really been a good thing for us, too!

JP's MOM said...

I liked what Boomama said the other day about always listening to christian music in the car...she said it is hard to be stressing out when you are rockin' to Jesus.


I am trying to remember that for those rough days with AJ.

michelle said...

I've noticed my mood and tiredness can rub off on my girls also. Thanks for sharing!
I'm happy Ellie is enjoying school and it is great to see her growing!

Sarah Markley said...

This is so amazing you wrote this: I feel the same way about my almost-six-year old all the time! She is seeing the real me all the time, so the real me better be a good example. Thank you for posting this!

dawn said...

Great job Shelley. You are learning what all moms around the world need to learn. I find the same thing. When I am relaxed, life seems to go by so much more smoothly.