"Show me, don't tell me."
So this year, I decided to give in rather than give up. I decided to "give in" to the mothering around here. I know you are thinking that I mother every single day, and I do. But, I also tend to run from the mother-ish activities, most of the time. Want to play on the floor? Check with your brother. Want to read a book? Maybe tomorrow night. Need to go to the theater and see a new movie? Let's call your grandmother. Having four boys and a close grandma at hand has provided constant playmates around the clock and generally lets me off the hook. So, during these 40 days, I'm trying to give in to the acts that make up my job description.
"Live life and live it good."
I know it sounds easy. But, let me tell you it isn't always easy at all. It's easier to carry on with my other chores than giving up marking things of the "list" of life. But, it is also easier to slow down my life and take the moments to love on those around me. The sweet moments on the floor having match box cars run up and down my legs won't last very long. One day, these boys will be driving away from my house in their own cars, and all I'll have are the memories from yesterday. So, "giving in" isn't nearly as easy as "giving up" has been in the past. But, it is proving to be much more memorable!