Day after day, again and again, the life of a stay at home mom or any mom can be the same exhausting schedule with the irregular extreme gross clean-up situation thrown into the mix every once in a while at the most inconvenient moments. Or, maybe extreme gross clean-up situations are your norm–if you ever stepped into my children’s bathroom (aptly nicknamed the “pee bathroom”) unprepared you might think it is mine.
“Speak only words of kindness! Do you think calling someone a “headband” is very kind?”
“Ehh…gross! Picking your nose and eating your boogers is so disgusting–what is wrong with you?! Go get hand sanitizer.”
“Did you seriously just lick that? What are you chewing on? Is that gum from under that table? Bleh…I think I am going to vomit! Spit it out! Spit it out!”
Phrases like these are repeated in our mom world over and over, again and again. It is an endless cycle that leaves ourselves asking if there will ever be a day when our children will finally understand that making messes require cleaning, that obedience is not an option, and they will magically “get it” and become perfect little angels (like my children already are
Then, I think of how our Heavenly Father must look down at us and think the same thing when we continue to make messes out of His beauty, disobey, and betray Him with our sinfulness. Again and again He forgives us and His faithfulness is never-ending.
Lamentations 3:22-23–“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”
My cousin, Ryan, was killed while serving in Afghanistan this summer. It was so sudden, so heartbreaking, so devastating. In an instant, the lives of everyone that his life had ever touched were changed forever. He was so handsome, so loving, and such a cherished hero.
I can’t help but think of him each time I look into the bright blue eyes of my son, Britan, or feel the loving arms of my other son, Decker. His mom, my Aunt Carolyn, must have looked into his beautiful green eyes and been enveloped by his hugs in the same way when he was a little boy. She loved and cherished him so much and could never have foreseen or imagined the ultimate sacrifice that he would one day make for all of us. How could anyone imagine that such a precious and cherished little boy would grow to be so strong, so brave, and yet be taken from the arms of his mother so soon?
Ever since that day, I can not help but think of Ryan and his Mother’s love for the little boy that she was blessed to raise into such an amazing man. I can not help but picture that love as the same kind of love that I have for my own precious little boys and it is a heartbreaking reminder to cherish every moment, every hug, every smile, every laugh, and every “I love you” never knowing when it might be our last.
One day I will see you again in Heaven, my cherished cousin, but until then I will remember to love deeply all of those around me.
This summer I had the blessing to attend my brother Aaron’s wedding in Northern Virginia. This is a beautiful feature about my handsome brother, Aaron Jeschke and his beautiful bride Thea’s wedding. I would like to credit Aaron a little but, but it is way more likely that Thea came up with all these simply gorgeous DIY ideas for their wedding.
Decker (3) is super imaginative and always is a different character everyday such as “Mario”, “Puppydillo”, or a “Chain-Chomp”. However, for the past week he has been his strangest character to date, a “Lovey Chicken Nugget”. I am pretty sure that he takes after his Uncle Scott Jeschke, Famed filmmaker, in weird character acting. Originally he was just a “Chicken Nugget” until everyone tried to eat him and then he was a “Chicken Nugget with a lot of Band-Aids because people keep biting me”. Finally he decided on “Lovey Chicken Nugget” which is apparently some sort of advanced hybrid chicken nugget that can’t be eaten and can talk and love on people. When Decker is wrapped up in his blanket he is “in his Happy Meal”. I love my “Lovey Chicken Nugget” and he loves me too and is very lovey to me even if I do try to take a bite out of him every once in a while.