I was sick over Valentines weekend. Like have no energy could barely eat kind of sick. All romance was out the window and I had to let go of any plans and expectations.
As I cleaned up from the weekend-without-mom I realized something important.
I was disappointed that I missed a longer weekend with my family and frustrated that I was personally behind. But I as not upset about the mess.
I was able to see past the mess through a lens of gratitude.
The sink was full of dishes and I was grateful that my husband and son had enough food from around the house that they ate from home (and semi-healthy) over the weekend.
The bath tub was still full of Z’s bath toys, still I was grateful he got clean.
Not all clothes made it to the overflowing hamper, but at least Z and L were wearing clean clothes and for the most part new ones each day.
There were toys all over the house, however I was grateful Z and L played together and got quality time that wasn’t in front of the TV.
The floor surrounding Z’s bookshelf was covered in books, yet I was grateful that Z and L read plenty of books while I was unavailable.
Cleaning up the mess was my way of seeing what my family did without me all weekend.
I found myself grateful and blessed to know if I am out for the count my husband is not.
I am keeping all this in mind as we look to the summer. That lens of gratitude will go a long way for myself and my family while adjusting as a new family of four.