1. I am so very thankful for sweet, calm and beautiful Sidney. Even in the midst of chaos he holds steady. His love is forever and so strong. He loves these littles tremendously too!
2. For the five warm cuddles that greet me every morning. As the legs of littles begin to move and stretches that move the sleepiness away and whispers of "Mom" are heard I know I am exactly where I want to be. As they climb on me and all want for an individual snuggle, it is that place where we all come together.
3. For the dirt. During the day when my once clean children are very dirty. It may be paint, or dirt from them rolling on the ground. They may be sticky from fruit that has attached to the dirt. I use to wipe the dirt off and change their clothes. Now I embrace it. It is a clear beacon of fun that was had. I know when they are this dirty it is due to hard play. They have rolled outside, they have eaten a ripe pear and enjoyed its bounty of sweet juice, they have painted or used chalk. They have been successful children. I am to thankful for the dirt and spots I find on me. They are symbols of love and comfort. They are there because I am trusted, and present. I am there to allow them to wipe their stickiness off or dirty hands rubbed on my pants. Often it is a nose or an eye. It is all done with love. I cherish the dirt which symbolizes childhood.