Thursday, August 23, 2007

Margin for error

Whew! What a great week, getting to know all of you! If you haven't already, please introduce yourself! And while you're at it, scroll through the list and introduce yourself to someone else!

I've gotten through about half the list, so please be patient. My kids already think my laptop is permanently attached to me, so I'm having to sneak budget my computer time so as to avoid mutiny around here.

Thank you to those who have been so kind as to send pictures with your emails. Made my day!

I do believe we have enough topics now for us to discuss well into the next century! I'm just glad y'all know I'm just a regular mom out there trying to do my best.

Case in point: Earlier today, I took four kids on an hour-long car ride to drop two of them off for a fun weekend with my brother-in-law in the country. Did I mention it was supposed to be FUN?? They argued, corrected each other, and annoyed each other the ENTIRE trip, all the while my phone beeped with each new introduction and glowing comment I received on my blog. Yeah, keepin' me humble here.

(And yes, my husband works in the wireless industry, and my phone is next-to-free. I know, I know, I'm spoiled!)

I dropped two of them off, thinking I'd have a peaceful trip home, so I took the opportunity to call my friend Sherri. Just minutes into our deep, spiritual conversation (aren't they all?), all you-know-what broke loose behind me. There was fussing, crying, a toy went flying, and suddenly I was beside myself, on the phone at 70 mph. Sherri put up politely with my feeble attempts at rear-view mirror parenting for a few minutes, but finally I hung up and stopped the car at the side of the road.

I was ready to take immediate corrective action. I opened my door and stormed out. But as the 18-wheelers roared past me (and as my phone continued to beep-beep-beep!), I was horrified to realize Ruthie (3) had pulled her knees up and was tangled in her carseat straps at the ankles. She was screaming crying because she was stuck, and Annie (6) was throwing toys at her to try to keep her happy (okay, so the method was not that great, but hey, at least she was trying!).

Sad to say, I've made quick judgments about my kids' behavior almost as often as I've overlooked their bad behavior while I was distracted (say, driving, talking on the phone, or, um, blogging?).

I'm still learning, still growing, and still asking my kids' forgiveness every day. Here I thought I'd be the one teaching them, but they are teaching ME. God rigs it this way, I'm certain, to keep me coming back to Him. His infinite plan (cell phones not withstanding) must have a VERY wide margin for error!

Thought this was appropriate, from CEOdad.com:

10 comments:

timbuck2mom said...

Sounds like a lot of days we have here at our house. It's hard to talk to your kids about being kind, and loving each other when you feel you own blood pressure rising. :)

Forever learning and growing in Him, Elisabeth

Susanne said...

Oh Katherine that so sounds like something I would do. Yes, I ask for forgiveness constantly!

Mindy said...

thank you for letting us see this side of you! glad to know I am not the only one who does stuff like this!

Sarah said...

Hi Katherine,
Sorry I've been a bit absent. Head over to my blog to read a little bit of why. But I always love the humorous pictures you paint of family life and the pearls of wisdom. Thanks again for taking the time to do some personal emailing with me, you were so encouraging.
Love, Sarah

Joni said...

Hi again, Katherine!

I didn't leave a comment yet, but have before. You're on my bloglines list. I love what you have to say. My kids are still littles (3 children 5 and under), so your stories and advice from the trenches really encourage me. And your transparency is winsome. I loved this entry as I could really relate!!! And I emailed the comic to my husband. Keep writing, girl!

Warmly,
Joni

Beck said...

Some days are just LIKE that. It's hard to know everything that's going on with our kids all the time and so we make human errors sometimes. You're still a wonderful mom.

fAiThFuL cHiCk said...

Love those real moments! If only I had a nickel for everytime I have asked mine, "Do you see the phone on Mommy's ear?", and then I feel like bad-mommy afterward when I find out they actually did need something that could not wait. Blessings...

millermoments said...

Oh my goodness - can you just imagine what life would be like without those cell phones? :) It's almost like I can't drive anymore without talking to someone. Glad your girls are OK. :)

Munchkin Land said...

That comic was great! I find that whenever I'm on the phone, Devyn finds it her opportunity to act out. =) Thanks for sharing a bit of your "real" life with us.

Etta said...

Very funny cartoon. I'm afraid we might have similar issues at our house...
This is something the Lord has been teaching me a lot lately, how I am so quick to jump down my 4-year-old's throat before I figure out that he has a soar throat or get exasperated at my 1-year-old's whining before i realize that he's thirsty and can't tell me. I have to ask for forgiveness on a daily, sometimes hourly basis!
Thanks for being real!