07 November 2012

Geese and Swings

I love these pictures of my girls. Goldie is watching geese fly south (her favorite thing to do these days), and Annie is just happy to be on a swing. These two teach me a lot, as I'm sure most little children do with their mothers. The simplest things make them happy. They are content in these photos, just enjoying being outside and with each other. What more could a mother ask for?

I have weak moments as a mom... I've said this before. Sometimes I am ashamed of how I react to certain things, but at least I am aware of my weaknesses and try to be better. That's all we can do at the end of the day: try to be better. Christ will make up for the rest... I am so thankful for the beauty of the Atonement.

I have a piece of thin rope tied around my wrist as a reminder to keep my cool when my girls are driving me crazy. This happens mostly on rainy days when we're cooped up in our apartment and there isn't much space to run around and be free. So, instead they decide to pick on each other (not all of the time, but time enough!) and it really upsets me. I have to remember though, they are so little. They're learning about emotions and how to properly express them, and how will they learn what's right if their mother isn't setting a good example? Ugh, that one always hits me hard. 

At the end of the day, they are fed, happy, filled with hugs and kisses and all things positive, and they are warm in their beds. I have done a good job, and my children know their mother loves them.

So, so thankful for Annie and Goldie. My two best friends.

Their dad ain't half bad either ;)


Jennie Ferrara said...

Fact: parents love their kids 30% more when they're asleep.

It's funny - we parents beat ourselves up about this all the time. But you know - isn't it better that we have our weak moments, and the kids see that at home first? I mean, it's better than some stranger tearing their head off for something and then not ever being able to reconcile that. But at home, that's already 5 minutes after the fact. Kids have to learn about human emotions somewhere. Just sayin' :)

holtkamp said...

thanks for your lovely thoughts. i've found myself not being content with the wonderful and blessed life i have. thanks for the reminder :)

Aarean Jergensen said...

touche jenna...touche. Josh is gone this weekend which leaves me to fend for myself with two little ones (not use to it I'll tell you that much) and at the end of the night when they are fed, bathed, and tucked away...I'm not gonna lie I feel a bit like super woman. Motherhood is grand...its hard but oh so grand. Maybe I should tie a string around my wrist...I could have used that reminder when cozette yelped out in pain after sage chucked her tea cup at her head. Awesome.

The Phipps: said...

Might have to adopt the string idea. Love it.