My June Cleaver Moment

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It was late afternoon, and I had the windows rolled down.  I could hear the birds chirping outside the window, and the leaves were rustling with the breeze in that ever-so-slightly dry way that signals that summer is winding down.

I had just finished whipping up a batch of cream cheese frosting for the carrot cake I had made.  I had chili simmering on the stove.  Clyde was positioned on my hip, and I managed to get the beaters off the mixer with one hand.  I took a lick of the frosting to taste it, and then I called Wyatt and Gwen over and gave them a taste.

They bounced up and down while I let them lick the beaters dry, and then we heard Derek's truck pull up the driveway outside the window.

"Daddy's home!"

Little feet running toward the door.

Happy squeals and shouts of "Hi Dad!", as I followed the kids to greet Derek.

And I had one of those moments.  One of those "I can't believe this is my life" moments.  My mind flashed back to several years earlier, and a guest post I had written for my blog friend Anna where I talked about a June Cleaver moment like this.  Greeting my husband with the sound of little feet and a baby on my hip.

And suddenly it didn't matter that my June Cleaver moment included me in sweatpants.

It didn't matter that Clyde had been crying all day and that was the reason I was holding him while making frosting.

It didn't matter that the rolled-down windows had led to a shortened nap time when a thunderstorm woke up two of the kids.

It didn't matter that the chili and cake had been my sole accomplishments that day.

Because in that moment, I remembered.  I remembered how much I wanted a moment just like this in those early days.

I think as moms it can be easy to get so caught up in the daily tasks that we forget to look around and see what we have.  We can focus so much on all the things that are going wrong that we forget to notice the things that are right.  In moments of frustration we shoot up prayers that the Lord would just let our day go smoother, and we forget to shoot up prayers of thanks for frosting faces, babies that just want to be with mama all day, and husbands that work to make it all possible.

The light turned on in that moment, and I looked around and saw that I had the things I most wished for all those years ago.  Any remnants of frustration melted away, and instead of feeling like crying because I hadn't even had time to get dressed properly before Derek got home, I felt like crying because I remembered.

I remembered that I didn't always wish for perfect days.  I always wished for these sweet little people that fill my crazy days now.

I stopped right then and thanked God, because I remembered that I have what I always wanted, and it's okay if it's not picture perfect.  It's a beautifully blessed life that He's given me, and somehow the imperfections make me like it even better.

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Lauren said...

love this post. you are so right. it's in those un-perfect days that we can sometimes find our biggest blessings!

Anonymous said...

Hello Callie. It's been a while since I commented here. Life has a habit of being too busy for blog reading or commenting! :) I've now subscribed to your blog, however, which is lovely. You write with such a sweet spirit! I think this is one of my favourite posts on Through Clouded Glass. Thank you so much for sharing the beauty of your life and encouraging me to celebrate the beauty in my life too! Blessings! Elisabeth @ Hope Scribbles

Natalie@She Builds Her Home said...

I LOVE this!!! I have so many moments like this too where I still cannot believe all that God has given me. There were years where I was so desperate for the life that I now have. He is so good!

Melanie said...

Love this!! So true too..we all have our days when things are so chaotic..but we are always blessed. Always. :-)

Whitney @ Journey Mercies said...

as a new mom - thank you for giving me hope! sometimes i feel overwhelmed and wonder how i could ever have more kids...or that i won't ever "get it together." but i don't have to make it perfect, and you're right - i am SO blessed with the family i have right now. really beautiful post callie, thanks for sharing!

Whitney @ Journey Mercies said...

as a newish mom, this post is so encouraging - that life does get better, and i don't have to get it all together before i celebrate the blessings i have. such a beautiful post, callie, thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

So beautiful to read this!!!

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