Wednesday, November 10, 2010


"The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise.  It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us." ~Ashley Montaqu

I was going to blog at lunch, but couldn't think of a thing to write about.  Not that life hasn't been interesting lately.  I just didn't have anything happen that really stood out.  Until tonight.

I'm going to an awesome parenting class (the one I talked about during the pigeon incident).  We didn't meet tonight because it was Honor Your Father night.  Instead I had a great chat with Pastor Rob.  Well, it was more that I chatted and he listened (you know me better than that).  Of course, talking is good therapy.  That's why psychiatrists get paid so much to just sit there and let us figure out the answers on our own.  I realized a few things about myself, but I'll save those for the next blog (yes, I'm a tease...).

I also got to catch up on the video I missed last week when I was in Montreal (pictures coming soon - I promise!).  The topic was building self-esteem in your children.  Well, after church we had a little homework to finish.   Kiara struggles because she doesn't try.  She is sooo smart and just doesn't apply herself.  I explained to her how her teacher said she was gifted and how special that is.  Told her just how smart she is and the capability she was given by God.  Explained that we don't want to waste the gifts we are given.  She had an "ah-ha" moment with her math and went to bed with a smile.

Next was Brianna.  This one stresses over school.  Ulcer level stressing.  She missed straight A's by one point this nine weeks with a teacher that doesn't believe in giving straight A's.  Yet she's always worrying.  I asked her what will happen if she gets a bad grade.  She told me that everyone thinks of her as a straight-A student.  I asked her how else she would describe herself and told her what I thought of her.  I let her know that the grades were just a small part of who she was and that we love her no matter what.  Made her say "I am more than three lines on a piece of paper."  Then we prayed together for God to take away the stress and worry.  Really take it and explained that she wasn't even allowed to hold onto a piece of it.  Through happy tears I got a huge smile and several hugs.

So, two simply incredible moments.  Ones that I'm sure all three of us will look back on for years and remember.  Perhaps it was even a turning point in their lives.  It's amazing how God just puts people and events in our paths just when we need them the most.  Not only did they learn something, so did I.  I learned that I might just be pretty good at this mom thing after all. :)


  1. You are such a good writer. That is so cool that so many people from different places in the world have read your blog. :-)

    Kudos to you.

  2. Funny you should tell me that T. It's partly because of you that I started writing. It is really cool. I know people like their anonymity, but I would love an insight on who views it and how they came across the blog. I love how you keep challenging me btw :)

  3. Michele...You should be teaching the parenting class. Clearly, you are a great Mom. Your kids are lucky to have you! Great post and you rock Mom.

  4. Thanks Barb! But if not for the parenting classes, I wouldn't even be looking for the cues.

  5. Sounds to me like you got the mom thing down. Gazing upon God and teaching your children to do likewise cannot, in my humble opinion, be surpassed.


  6. That was me, Michelle! Have you taken a gander at my blog?