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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Slowing Down

May 18, 2012 is the day I became a better Mom.  This did not happen because of me or anything I did that day.  It happened because God needed me to pay attention to the blessings in my life. 
It was a Friday, nearing the end of baseball season.  All three of my kids decided to play baseball this season.  This means that each kid has 2 games per week, and maybe one practice between the bunch.  Catie also takes dancing on Wednesday nights, and, of course, there’s  after school tutoring that I do, homework, and studying.  Needless to say, our lives, since March, have not stopped. 
It all began in the school day when Abby’s homeroom teacher pulled me aside and whispered to me that Abby had been nominated by her classmates to receive the David Award.  This is an award given in each homeroom at their school.  It is considered the highest honor a student can receive.  It has nothing to do with how smart you are or how fast you are or how popular you are.  It is based on your kindness to others.  It is awarded to the student who exemplifies a true Christian.  The fact that it is chosen by classmates makes it even more special.  When her teacher told me, I had to leave the room to hide my tears.  I could not be prouder of my middle child who, at times, does not realize the person she can be in life.
After school, I rounded everyone up, beaming with my new secret, and we headed home.  It was dance rehearsal night!  For a 4-yr-old who attends dance from August until May, THIS is the moment she’s been waiting for all year long.  The day she can put on the pretty make up and the sparkly tutu!  While we got ready for the big show, my son dressed for his baseball game and he and my husband headed to the ballpark.  I would have to miss this game, which I never like to do. 
On the way to the dance rehearsal, we were all so excited.  I was so proud, again, that my youngest child was finally reaching her long awaited goal.  I was also anxious to see how much she’d learned all this time!  On the way there, I received a text from my husband. “Zac is PITCHING”. ….Another dream come true.  Zac had been asking me for weeks, daily, if I thought coach would ever put him pitching. I kept telling him to ask the coach, but he never would, since he gets his shyness from me.  I was missing it, but still so happy to be with Catie for her big day.
Catie performed so well, I was so proud.  I was now beaming with THREE major accomplishments:  The David Award, the dancer dancing, and my pitcher pitching. I realized, in that moment, driving to the baseball field after dancing, that I had lost focus.  Our busy lives were taking away from our family.  Since that day, I am more patient, I am more understanding, I am a better mom.  These are my blessings.  This is my one shot.  I get it, God.
Oh, and to add to my pride even more, Zac pitched a good game.  When I asked him why coach finally put him in, he said, “I asked.”
Abby with her St. David medal
My pitcher pitching

My dancer after her recital