Friday, August 28, 2009

 Her dream life...

Tuesday night we went out on a date. A real date - just the two of us. It was nice, really nice. We went out to dinner and our waitress happened to be a former student employee of Dave's. She was so sweet - and gave us great service by the way! She had worked with Dave two summers ago. His summer student workers are with him alot - like all day. He gets to invest much into their lives. She had been to our house last week to pick up a dresser that we are no longer using, to help furnish her new apartment. As she stood there taking our order she paused and said "You know, as I was leaving your house last week it occurred to me that you guys are living my dream life. A house full of boys, out in the quiet of the country, happily married..." She smiled and I had to look up at her to see if she was being for real. Here was a beautiful girl. A recent college graduate, now setting out on her own. The world lies in front of her as opportunities abound and potential is endless. And she desires a life just like mine. Some thing about it really surprised me. And humbled me. And it made me think. And it fostered thankfulness in my heart. This life - this demanding, tiring, sometimes thankless life - truly is beautiful. And I needed reminded of that. And I am writing about it now because as I walk through the kitchen corn silks and sand pad the path my feet take. Dirty clothes line my bathroom floor. Lunch dishes are all over the table. Two little boys who are supposed to be sleeping, sound instead as if they are throwing their mattresses around upstairs. And I am too tired to check that out. I'm not feeling very well right now. I wish the mess would go away and the kids would rest so that I could curl up on the couch and stay there for about 4 hours. But, this is her dream life. And really, really, really - it is mine too. And I wouldn't trade it for all the clean houses and restful kids in the world. It's mine. It's busy. It's messy. It's sweet. It's beautiful.

5 comments:

Anne Elizabeth said...

Thank you so much for posting this! I really needed to be reminded that once upon a time this was my dream life too. Somehow in the midst of the sleepless nights, piles of dirty laundry and dirty diapers I somehow forgot that.

Sara@i.Sass said...

*sigh*
I know JUST what you mean.
:)

Rachel @ Unexpected Blessings said...

So right. I have really struggled this week with all the rain, and cooped up kids. I never thought I would be one of those moms who wanted her kids to go back to school, but here I am. God is good, I have been blessed. Thanks for the reminder.

Love you!

Jenn @ A Country Girl's Ramblings said...

I think you speak for all the tired mommas out there! This is our dream job. We just tend to forget it when we are tired.

Heather of the EO said...

Yes, yes, yes. After a break this week, where the boys were gone and so was the mess, I totally get what you're saying.

It's so messy and tiring, but it's so good too.