It's been one of those nights. I felt myself pulling away from B and Jilly. I just wanted to be by myself. I've been spacey and preoccupied. I tried to do a movie night, but as riveting as Carebears are, I gave in and brought down the laptop. Probably not quite the quality time they were looking for. We did play outside for a bit after that so they got some mommy time.
B is reacting to something. I'm really hoping its not the popcorn I made for our movies. A corn allergy would not be a good thing! I'm hoping it's the bite of rice I let him try in hopes that rice was a false positive. That was 3 days ago. Anyway, he threw a tantrum for over an hour because he could not find a certain toy...that he has not played with for at least four months. While he was looking, he dumped every toy box in his room, the basement, and Jilly's room. A good mommy would have been helping him look through each box. This mommy did not. Instead, I added insult to injury by making him clean up all the messes while he was still upset about losing the toy. While cleaning, he was mean to his baby sis, so I scolded him (in a not so quiet voice) and sent him to time out. When his time out was over, he continued to clean. When he got to the mess in his room, I told him I'd help him with his shoes if he picked up the toys. I picked up the shoes, then left the room. A few minutes later he is screaming that I forgot one shoe and I needed to help him pick up the rest of his room. I ignored the screams and withdrew into my shell that has been my home today. Then all was quiet in his room. I checked on him ten minutes later and my heart broke. His room was spotless. His lights were off and his night light was on. He had tucked himself in and fell asleep. His bedtime routine means so much to him. Just try and leave out a lullaby or a prayer, he'll let you know. I'm sad that he felt so bad, that I didn't comfort him, that I didn't engage and help him. What if this is the way God treated me? What if he would only show me mercy and kindness when I deserve it? I was not a good example of God's love for B.
After I put Jilly to bed, I grabbed my Bible (honestly, a little begrudgingly....apparently I'm not a good daughter today either). God led me to this verse:
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. -Colossians 3:12
Ouch. A gentle reminder can sometimes feel so heavy. My children are my ministry and I let them down today. I'm hoping B & J will accept my redo tomorrow. A chocolate chip cookie laced apology is in order.
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