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Eeww… sticky cheesy fingers in my hair

messy baby

I am going to try to do some lighter material every now and then.  So for today, I will share about my experiences with my son in his high chair during last night’s dinner.

Let me start by saying I like my hair to be clean, very clean.  So when my toddler reached down from his booster seat to grab a fist full of my hair, I… I wasn’t angry.  I was just wishing that he would learn not to try to grab my hair.  And even though it wasn’t the first time he’s done this, it always takes me by surprise.

By the way, I was down on my hands and knees by his booster seat cleaning up food off of the floor that he had dropped, shredded cheese it was.  I thought he would like it.  He ate some but the rest of it he treated like confetti and proceeded to throw out all around his booster seat.  Maybe he thought there was a party in the house and he wanted to decorate the floor, with the added bonus of having easy access to food later when he would be released from his booster seat.  It’s always more fun for him to eat off of the floor, if he gets to it before the broom/rag does.

Despite the cheesy hair last night, it was a good night.  It was one more special memory made and in comparison to my son’s smiling face, my hair is not so important… at least not until the next morning and my next shower.

Take time to smile and enjoy your kids.  Every moment with them is precious.

Now that’s teamwork!

 

Bring on the Ale!

I don’t really get so excited about sports, but every now and then I am impressed by stories of team work or the integrity of the players.  This is one such story.

Many of the readers probably know the story better than myself.  However for those who do not know yet, I will try to explain what I have learned.

Josh Hamilton, who recently won the Most Valuable Player award in baseball (MVP award), has a remarkable history.  His career started in 1999, and after an accident, he became heavily involved with drugs and alcohol.  After many years of struggling through rehab and trying to get his game on, (pun intended), he made it back to the game and hit the drugs out of his whole ball park in 2007.  Since then his numbers have only gotten better and he stays far away from the drugs. All of his hard work and inner battles paid off and probably made his life that much more meaningful.

So when the team had their victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, instead of using the traditional champagne, they doused their sober teammate with ginger ale instead.

What a terrific way for the team to show that they really support him!  With each bottle of ginger ale they were saying, “We couldn’t have done this without you. Your struggles are our struggles.  We’re with you all the way.”

That’s real teamwork.  All for one and one for all.

That’s how it should be for all of us in life.

A husband and wife have to work as a team also. Right now, our game is called, “Take Me Out to Learn Hebrew.”

Being a new immigrant to Israel, I have to get up and learn Hebrew.  I have to get up at 5:00 in the morning (whether or not the little guy slept well or not), to get food and things prepared for myself and my son, not to mention all the other things to do when getting ready to get out the door in the morning.  If it wasn’t for my husband, there would be many mornings I would not be able to get out the door in time to catch my bus.

My hubby, my teammate, performs so well for our game.

He takes care of the baby if needed.  He helps prepare the food.  He changes the diaper and dresses our little guy.  He makes sure that I have what I need, including enough water to drink and food to eat.  He stays on top of things to make sure I stay on top my game.

I wish I could say the same thing about myself when it comes to helping him with his challenges outside the home.  I think he is more patient than me, and our son’s needs and my needs always take priority with him.

If you are a good teammate, you put the needs of another first.  Josh Hamilton will not let himself smell the alcohol.  His teammates wanted to celebrate with him, so they used ginger ale instead.  That’s real teamwork: taking care of each individual for the sake of the whole team.

Now that’s a sport I want to practice.

Hello world!

If you really put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price.

~Author Unknown

It may sound trite, but these words are true.  One needs to believe in oneself and to walk with confidence.  People take you more seriously when you take yourself seriously.

Many women today, including myself, do not see as much value in themselves as they should.  It is a great tragedy of our time.  I am not speaking of all the good we can do in the workplace but of that which we can do in the home, for the people in our lives that matter the most and for the people in our lives where we can and must make the most difference.  A woman’s place as the helper of her husband and the primary caregiver of children is her most valuable role.

I only mean to say that it is a role that should be truly honored and respected as much if not more than the other roles that women can fill, whether that be as doctors, nurses, engineers, scientists, etc.

There are many areas in a woman’s life, many decisions to be made, and every single one is important.  Even though the world won’t end with the next mistake we make, what if we were to try to come to each decision as if that were the case?  Isn’t our family our own private world, so-to-speak? Because of the love we have for our loved ones, that is the seriousness that we should have towards our positions as wives and mothers, overseers of our families.

Even with the many challenges that bring us close to our breaking point sometimes, understanding the effects of our decisions helps to motivate us to make the right decisions even when they are very  to apply to our lives.  Understanding the consequences of our decisions and the value in our own voice, we have more strength to make decisions that may not be the easiest, the cheapest, or the most convenient choice, but are nonetheless, the best choice for us and those we love.

These challenges are different for every woman, but the factors of taking care of yourself and/or a  happy family are the same for everyone.

So, I will try to write and express my challenges openly and share with you the solutions I have found to work for me, and maybe I can connect with some other women and we can help each other.  And maybe through helping each other, we all can restore some understanding to the world of the value of women as wives and mothers.  I am one voice, but we can be a great, valuable voice.


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