Friday, March 22, 2013
Cleaning and Scrubbing Can Wait 'till Tomorrow
I'm excited to introduce Cherise Cooper. She has one sweet baby girl and another expected any day now. She is a fantastic mother and great school teacher. She is beautifully honest about life and so great to be around! Here she is...
All growing up, my Mom had a cross stitched quote above the family piano. It reads, "Cleaning and scrubbing can wait 'til tomorrow, for babies grow up, we've learned to our sorrow, so quiet down cobwebs and dust go to sleep. I'm rocking my baby for babies don't keep."
When I was pregnant with my first child, my Dad offered this cross stitch to me. I framed it and put in my baby's room straight across from my rocking chair so that it is easy to read. Each day my life seems consumed with the minimal duties of keeping up with dishes, laundry, cooking, and cleaning. With the extra time I can squeeze in, I choose to fill it with budgeting, serving in my church, and small projects here and there. However, in reflection at the end of the day, what really are the most important things I do each day? What do i always look back on, grateful that I did?
It is always playing with my daughter. I'm due to have my 2nd baby in just 3 weeks and she is only 15 months old. These 15 months have gone by so quickly. Each day I feel like it is one of our last together as just her and I. So, now as I read that quote I try and make going on walks, playing at the park, hide and go seek and playing "house" as the most important things I do each day. It's so fun to see her interact with me and see her smile and hear her laugh as we spend quality time together. At nap time, it is so easy and tempting to pop my daughter's pacifier in and quickly put her in bed. However, I'm really trying to soak in the moment of holding her for at least just a minute while rocking and singing to her. I know that it won't be much long that she'll be to grown up for that. There is nothing like the feeling of your child's small body snuggled upon your shoulder
It is in these experiences, that I am truly living my life.