Thursday, September 29

Thankful Thursday - Patience, DD1 and a few other things

Last night when I sat down to write this post I had planned for it to be about patiences.  Most days I have a fair bit of it.  (As I am sure most mums do)  Of course other days I have next to none.  With babies and toddlers it is so easy to have buckets of patiences.  They are so small and unknowing.  They are still learning about the world and people and themselves so it is easier to find the patience needed to get through the day.  As they grow however it is as if your patience also needs to grow.

Lately I have been in need of some extra patience.  At ten DD1 is entering the next exciting cycle of life.  I remember this age.  Not always fondly either.  I remember how tough it was for me at times.  Trying to find my place in my family, at school, in the world at large really.  So much easier said than done.  Sometimes I still feel as if I am struggling with all of this.  But then that is what life is all about really, struggling to get on top and make sense of it all.  Some times succeeding, others not.

Back to my patience post.

I tried to start if off in a clever and different kind of way with a bit of a saying.

Patience is a virtue
Possess it if you can
Rarely seen in woman
Never seen in man

That was as far as I got really.  

Don't get me wrong I am certainly thankful for the patience that I do have but if I am totally honest it has been slipping a bit of late.  In my defense though it is over things where people (not just children) should have known better.  Part of me feels that rather than giving thanks for my patience I should be pleading for more.

So now back to being Thankful for DD1.

I am thankful that she is not scared to speak her mind to me (even though she may not always speak it in a way I really appreciate)

I am thankful that when she wants to be she is the best big sister in the world.  I am thankful that she wants to do this more and more.  (After five years of being an only child I think that there may have been a bit of envy for a while while DD2 came along and every now and then it rears it's ugly head again)

I am thankful that she throws herself into her school work (again only when she wants to but sometimes the school really does ask them to do boring things so I don't hold it against her that much)  A recent create your own board game activity though was not one of the boring things.  The game that DD1 created is just a little, ok a lot, awesome.

Seriously it is so much fun to play.  I am thankful that even though it was past bedtime we all took the time to play.  It was a much needed beautiful family time.

Finally I am thankful that today, two weeks and two days after she was born, I finally got to hold my beautiful little niece for the first time.  As I have been fighting off a cold since she was born I have been keeping my distance.  Thankfully I seem to be over it now and she decided to wake while I was near so cuddle time it was.

So what are you thankful for this Thursday? (though I do only have around 27 minutes of Thursday left)  If you want to see more thankful post head over to Jess at Diary of a SAHM, she has taken Thankful Thursday hostage (in a nice way) while Kate is off enjoying herself and the school holidays.  Which I must say I am also thankful for (the holidays that is not Kate enjoying herself, though I am glad she is taking some family time, everyone should always take family time).