The Color of Love

I am finally sitting down for the day after 9:00pm. Momming ain’t easy y’all! My day started with picking up one child and the neighbor from football weight training at 9am, dropped the dogs at the groomers, picked up the twins to go take their permit tests, that took an exorbitant amount of time. Systems crashed, new system lost their paperwork, that I had already filled out online and had to fill it out again. System wouldn’t take my second payment, used a different card, wouldn’t take that payment. Tried to find cash. Original card came through on my phone notifications, so then I had been double charged for the second child. Twins passed their tests, extra payment was refunded. Permits were finally in hand more than 2 hours passed our arrival time. We were starving at this point and so we headed out for a celebratory lunch (by the hour, but really brunch for us, because we didn’t eat breakfast). Finally home, groomer called, dogs were done. Twins were ready to go learn to drive. Had to pick up the dogs, came back and picked up the twins, went to the church parking lot and taught 2 boys to to make it all through the parking lot without damaging lives, limbs or car, just two curbs. Came back home fixed dinner and served dinner. Oldest daughter wanted to color her hair and asked for my help (which is a rare moment so I took it) and we just spend the last hour painting hair color on. Not sure how it turned out yet, but hopefully it’s not orange, purple, or falling out. I haven’t heard any screaming yet so I think I am in the clear. Now I am at last sitting down but realized I haven’t put away the non eaten dinner and I had to write this blog before my eyes start shutting! Are you tired from this gigantic run on, comma spliced, terribly grammatical error filled bunch of sentences? I am…

So today, although not mind blowing, I am going to bed early! I am one who needs a good 8 hours of sleep. I can totally sleep longer if I don’t have to get up. I don’t always get 8 hours. I loathe alarm clocks. Being a mom takes away a lot of those things. The infant years, the toddler years, early wake ups for the school years. It has gotten better as the kids have gotten older that’s for sure, especially now that 4 go to 1 school and 2 can drive! I also LOVE sleeping! I love to read before I go to sleep. I love to have some quiet time before I shut my eyes and take a few minutes to spend time thanking God for the blessings of that day, or praying I survive tomorrow. This life gets us frazzled and can be crazy from time to time. It is important that we take care of ourselves. We are always taking care of everyone else. Love yourself today. Whatever you need to make you feel better if even for a moment today, take that moment. Sit in His love. Let Him love on you while you love on yourself. You deserve it!

John 15:9 “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you, abide in my love.”

*Update on the hair…It is a little on the ginger side, but on a good note, it is nice and even…maybe I won’t get to go to bed early after all. Not sure she will go to school with orangish hair…insert eye roll…maybe tomorrow I can take a nap! But regardless of how it turned out, it was an act done in love for that girl! Maybe orange is the color of love!

By Laurel Austin Henson

Laurel spent 8 months caring for her first husband after being diagnosed with cancer in 2010. He passed away at 33, leaving behind a daughter of 7 and 5 year old twin boys. After sowing millions of tears, Laurel sought out God daily and began to plan for a life of being a single mother, but ready to raise their children in faith, hope and love. God gave her more than she could have ever imagined when she brought Matt into her life, along with his 2 children. He was recently divorced and the providence of God had been leading up to this life for more than 20 years! Now Laurel is reaping joy with Matt and their 5 beautiful children. Thanks be to God for all the beauty created from the ashes of death and divorce.

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