March 4, 2013

Two Choices: Irritation or Laughter
{and a Moms Against Manic Mondays Link Up}

Moms Against Manic Mondays

Happy Monday, beautiful ladies!!!

There are so many beautiful things about Mondays.  Here at From My Mountain View, every Monday, we band together and renounce/reject manic Mondays.  Right here is a perfect place for us to encourage one another and be encouraged!
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We all went to bed late last night.  We gladly did not adhere to our evening routine for our little ones as we spent it celebrating their Pappy's birthday.  We had a wonderful evening with my father and step-mother.

The two eldest and I baked a "Triple Chocolate Oreo Birthday Cheesecake," one of his favorites.  (I have already received recipe requests for this deliciousness, and will happily share it with yall later this week!)

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For his birthday presents I wrote him a letter and invited him out on a daddy/daughter date, and the the three eldest girls were supposed to sing him a song while it was video recorded for him to watch anytime he wanted.  We had practiced together, singing Doris Day's "Bushel and a Peck," which they love...  

It was an absolute hysterical disaster.

First, one thought she was "too cool," then the princess was "unable" to sing until her gloves were elegantly (and very slowly) placed back on her hands, simultaneously the two year old (who has the entire song memorized with all her cuteness) just wanted to swing around a light-up rose, threatening the baby's well-being, and ultimately no one wanted to sing at the same time.

Two choices: Irritation or Laughter
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Sometimes things planned turn out magnificently, and we can stand back and marvel at the awesomeness.  Many times, however...not so much.  In the direct face of those times and situations, we can either flip out and give away our joy and hopeful spirit in exchange for irritation, worry, even anger...  Or we can roll with the punches.   Sigh, shake your head, and laugh.  

I've been wisely told that, "You can't stay down when you're jumping."  For real, haha, jump around.  You'll feel so awkwardly silly doing so that you can't help but laugh and then poof, your spirits are lifted.  It's contagious too.  I like to do this with our daughters.  ;)   

David encouraged himself in the Lord, we must too.  {1 Samuel 30:6}

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This morning, this Monday morning, I had really desperately hoped that he daughters would sleep in a bit since they went to bed so late last night, after the drive back home into the country from the grandparents' city.  Our eldest tiptoed into the living room where I was nursing my back on a heating pad.  It's a long process to heal from a pulled muscle as a momma; you just can't rest like "regular people."  ;)

I forced a smile at her in the recently risen light as I whispered private thoughts of love yet unreadiness. 

"I was sure you would have slept later this morning since we went to bed so late, honey."

"Oh, but..." she whispered as a smile of pureness and joy crept over her face.  "How could anyone want to stay asleep with sunlight in the windows and birds chirping right outside?"

Smile no longer forced.  She is my child.

"Abigail (meaning "Joy of the Father") Elise (meaning "purity"), your joy is contagious!"

And we both laughed the morning in along with the sun. 


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I bless you today with eyes to see them and hearts to recognize them - the blessings in disguise. Eucharisteo.

Psalm 118:24 (amp)

"This is the day which the Lord has brought about;
we will rejoice and be glad in it!"

I desire to recognize what is my part of the "manic" in Mondays, and do what  I can to change it.

I desire to live abundantly in the Mondays.

I desire to thrive in each day; to dance them in along with the sun.

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  1. love it. choosing to laugh makes the days so much brighter. for every one!!! :)

  2. I have been following your blog for a while, but this is the first time I am commenting. Thank you for sharing from your heart, God has used your writing to encourage me as a mommy of two little one's. Also, I love moms against manic mondays!!! :) I eagerly anticipate Monday afternoon when I can read your Monday post and the other's people have linked. God Bless you!!!


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