Sunday, May 1, 2011

Ordinary/Extraordinary

Presenting a new Grover Family Blog column to celebrate life's ordinary and extraordinary moments every single day:

* My intuitive little Hank has learned that Mom turns into a crazy woman in the morning when we're trying to throw breakfast together, locate shoes, pack diaper bags, and get out of the house before school/therapy. Sensing my stress the other morning, Hank stopped me and gave me a hug and a kiss, told me that he loved me, and said that I was the best mom in the whole world. Then he said, "Do you know why I said that? Because I seen that you were having a hard time so I said that." So sweet. Thank you, Hank, for the much needed reminder to slow down and take a deep breath.

* Like most siblings, Hank and Max fight like dogs....over favorite toys, the prized pink plate/spoon, the movie selection, who gets in the bathtub first, etc. To address this problem, I decided to implement a morning family prayer time where we would focus our prayers on developing kindness and patience towards each other. Its working! I have seen dramatic changes in the boys' behavior--so much less fighting! Starting our day with a family prayer has made such a difference in the spirit in our home.

* My good friend Jean has undertaken a very thoughtful service project in making Ben a few pairs of Sunday pants, summer shorts, and rompers so that he can be comfy in clothes that fit his pudgy little body and look snappy, too! So grateful for the kindness of friends.

* After being blacklisted from the library for a time, the boys have recently rediscovered the fun of checking out books and movies. Sitting between Hank and Max, with Ben on my lap, and reading together--a favorite activity of mine--has been a very special treat.

I'll be looking for more ordinary/extraordinary moments to celebrate throughout the week....report back next week!

3 comments:

Jenny said...

Love it!

The Sorensen's said...

You have read my mind...I've been thinking to do the same thing, too. Just to blog the little things that happen because you forget them so quickly! I'm sorry we didn't catch up with you guys a few weeks ago, but we will be back this summer for a more low key visit! Your boys are adorable and I hope I'm only half as good as a mother as you are!

Poe said...

So so so sweet. I love that Hank stopped you and hugged you so you could stop having a hard time. I as a mother of a four and a half year old boy know how extraordinary that moment was.