Dirty Dishes

I am sure many of you have heard the song by Scotty McCreery Dirty Dishes.  If you haven’t it’s worth taking the time to listen to.  I feel that it fits my life quite well right now. 

“I wanna thank You Lord,
For noisy children and slamming doors,
And clothes scattered all over the floor,
My husband workin’ all the time,
Draggin’ in dead tired at night,
My never ending messy kitchen
And dirty dishes.”

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Since we are almost done building I have been finding myself in a “slump” knowing that soon I’ll have much more room, a place to put this, a shelf to stack that.  And I have realized just how ungrateful that I have become to what I do have.  God has always provided us with more than we need.  He’s given me a warm house to live in, plenty of food to eat, more than enough clothes to wear.

As the new year has come I have tried to redirect my focus on being thankful….Thankful for EVERYTHING and trying not to fuss over the little things. 

Because:

“Noisy kids are happy kids,
And slamming doors just means we live,
In a warm and loving home,
Your long hours and those dishes in the sink,
Means a job and enough to eat.”

To take the time and realize that it is, people, not houses or things that are what are really important.  That one day my children will be all grown up and that I’ll have all these material things left behind and my home will be empty:

“For my little busy bees
Beggin’ mama, mama can we please?
Always wantin’ me to call their name
Loads of laundry pilin’ up
Crayons crushed into the rug
And those little sticky kisses
And dirty dishes,
And dirty dishes…”

I have decided this year that I am going to make sure that my family is a multigenerational Christians.  That I will be the BEST example of Christian wife and mother to my girls and for my boys to know what to look for when it comes that time.

We will have a “teenager” this year.  And unlike most I am looking forward to it.  I don’t believe in all the bad wrap that comes with being a “teenager”  I believe children will be and act what and how you expect them to, and if you “label” them as rebellious and just “assume” it’s a phase they will go right along with you. We have many examples in the bible of “teenagers” who were leaders and go getters for God.  Daniel, David, Joseph are some good examples other than Jesus.   We can teach and expect our children to be able to teach at age 12 like Jesus or we can expect them to be like the world. 

So I thank the Lord for noisy Children, slamming doors, dirty dishes, piles of laundry on the floor, a husband working hard all the time, never ending messing kitchen.  And I hope that all these things continue for many years to come and that having more room will mean that I can have friends and family over to help make more noise, more dirty dishes, and more LOVE than I have known in the past.

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Thought you guys might like seeing my sweet girl as I was washing dishes (our dishwasher is broken)  and she wanted to be right where we were.  And I decided what better place for her to be than right there with me and my “dirty dishes” 😀

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