Capped off the week at work with celebrating International Women’s Day. Thanking God to be part of a company that celebrates women and everything that is about women. It was a sea of pink when both men and women from my workplace came in clothed in pink. It is a blessing to have fun at work. This is what makes work not seem like work. Twelve years of marriage and four kids after, it was a journey of ups and downs, challenges and answered prayers, failures and successes. Over the years, God has remained faithful and always has a way of surprising us with good news, all at the right time. As a family, we keep jar of answered prayers we get to refill at the end of each year. My big kids get to write their answered prayers for each year, while my two small kids get to draw them or anything that represents their answered prayers. Come to think of it, I do not need to wait until end of year, listing down my blessings now. Mom friends, read up and thank God for the blessings that can always come your way.
One of the biggest blessings I continually thank God for is a husband who loves God more than He loves anything in this world. This has allowed me to have a husband who stands up in leadership especially at home. My husband works as a full time pastor (now training to be a church planter), a husband who is not defined by what he does but considers family as his first ministry. Someone who is able to do the things he has his hands on, because it is God who empowers him to do so. Part of the blessing I thank God for my husband is the fact that he supports me, encourages me, speaks to my life, and is on a lifelong project of outdoing each other’s love. More than anything, I appreciate having a husband who does not keep a scorecard of misses versus wins, but always acts out of love, patience and understanding. Most of our best dates are spent dreaming and praying about what we will do as we grow old together.
Working Mom Perks from Husband: weekly dates, bestfriend, adventure buddy, dream/prayer partner, surprise sweet calls on a busy workday, faith/encouragement advocate.
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up…Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm…Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NIV)
Countless times when I look at my kids and then I start wondering how God has equipped my kids to become who they are now. We did the same parenting to all four kids and surrounded them with the same angels (family and friends) but God continues to amaze us as they grow up uniquely different from each other. At their young age, they reflect to be confident kids and we continue to celebrate small and big milestones such as the first time Sofia has learned to order food for herself at a fast food chain (something I was unable to do until I got to high school!). The greatest blessing about kids is the gift of good health and them knowing that life is never about winning but always about doing your best at all times. More than celebrating the medals, we celebrate when the kids are able to give their best, be happy for the winners when they lose and believe God for more successes and opportunities in the future.
Working Mom Perks from Kids: little hands and welcome kisses on face, countless school stories, movie buddies, cuddle and squeeze time, trying to fit in one bed on Saturday nights
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. (Psalms 127:3-5 ESV)
Friends are my accomplices for my Me-Time. It can be as simple as a white choco mocha from a coffee shop or a good read just before bedtime. Working moms may always have their switches ‘on’ but it helps to get refreshing and recharging. Do what works for your passion. Hobbies are also welcome such as baking, photography or sewing. I know of a mom who would paint her own nails (I do, too!) or take long hot baths right after a tough work day. There is nothing that a convo with hubby and kids over food or drinks cannot make better. Try a trip to the bookstore with kids. Whether or not you find it weird, staying with kids at home over weekends with nothing planned is just the best fix after a work week for me.
Working Mom Perks from Friends: trying out new restaurants, spa trips, book and magazine exchange, driving to late night visits to friends’ homes and getting lovely late night visits at our home
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24, 25)