July 16, 2008

A Little Taste of Heaven

I am exhausted and decide I'm ready for bed. I brush my teeth and wash my face then go into the kitchen for a drink of water. As I do, cracker crumbs and apple bits stick to the bottom of my feet and I crush a Cheerio. I sigh then step over to the fridge to get some cold water and my foot encounters a very sticky spot where juice had been spilled earlier. I quickly look around the kitchen. Dishes are pilled high, pots and pans cover the stove, and the table still holds the contents of dinner that the kids didn't finish. Not feeling even the slightest ounce of desire to clean anything I simply turn the light off and leave. The day before I hadn't been able to get off the couch all day because for some reason, my morning sickness had been unexplainably horrible. Today, I had felt so very tired I actually cried and I dozed most of the hours away. Now, as I look around the apartment, I could see the effects of my neglect. As I pick my way through the toys that are strewn throughout the living room and the hallway, I think to myself, will I ever have a clean house in the next 20 years? I stop outside the kid's door. Slowly I open it so I don't wake anyone up. I always go and check on them before I go to bed to make sure they are covered up, or to pick out any toys they had managed to pull into their beds. Sometimes I have to pick Savannah up off the floor. As I go in my eyes slowly adjust to the dim light and when they do, I get just a little taste of heaven. Actually, this is the second night in a row I happen upon this cute picture. Savannah and Joseph had been playing long past bedtime and there they were, comfortably sleeping next to each other. A smile slowly steals across my face and the mess around me fades away. In that one small moment, I know everything will be okay and that it is all worth it. 




And yes, Joseph is indeed wearing some of Savannah's old pajama bottoms that she has outgrown.

5 super cool people speak:

Mama Smith said...

You are getting the "picture" Sarah...You will make it through all of the "other" moments as well...The day will come...when it will be quiet throughout the "day"...and you will long for the "pitter-patter" of little feet...You will have your clean house...and quiet moments...but, this part of your life...will fade into the distance...and "these" are the moments...you will "treasure" FOREVER...LOVE YOU!

Heidi said...

These moments are precious. So glad you have them. Sorry I can't help you with the dishes anymore!

Brittney said...

awww, so sorry you were so sick. Your kids are cuties, and it's great that you realize the purpose behind having families. You are a great writer.

Kelly, Matt, Kate & Isaac said...

These pictures are so so cute!! I love it. They must be great buds!

The Batemans said...

Sorry, you were so sick. I have been in SV all week, but next week you can bring the kids over and take a break. You are a great mom, dishes done or not.

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