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The grace of interruption

{By Michelle Palmer of One Roof Africa}

“Mama will you lay with me?”

 

I sigh. Why is this glaring screen more enticing to me than her seven-year-old nighttime snuggles?

“In a minute,” I reply, thinking she might just go fall asleep before I get to her. More than “a minute” passes and then, from the bedroom, “Mama?”

I relent. Walk down the dark hall into her even darker room. Grumble as I trip over the toys left out and the Sit-n-Spin rumbles loud under my feet. Will this house ever be mess-free?!

She’s tucked in under her t-shirt quilt, a Christmas gift I had made for each of us before our move to Uganda. I cuddle her close, smell her hair, rub my fingers down her arms, think of how big she is growing and she really should have had a shower before bed and she giggles, “Mama, you’re taking up a lot of room.” In my snuggling I inadvertently took over her pillow and now she’s just lying on a corner. I scooch over a bit.

She asks for a song. “But not a catchy one–I don’t want to be singing it all night.” I begin to sing “Stay Awake”, but she stops me. “No, no, not that one! Less catchy!” Aggravated, I sing “Amazing Grace,” with all the verses. She calls Benny to her side; he lies down and lays his head across her tummy.

The song’s almost over and Noah stumbles in from his room, fortunately steering clear of the Sit-n-Spin. “Mom, will you lay with me?”

I have things to do, yes, but I consent and send him back to his bed to wait on me. I sing another chorus; Benny and Dorothy sing back to me with their snores. My little gift of grace ever-growing, and will there be a day when she doesn’t need a mama’s nuzzle hug and song to find rest?

I kiss her cheek and go down the hall to the one and only, Noah, waiting for me in his bed. He’s nine and still loves a good snuggle time, though he rarely he asks. Everything in me wants to memorize these moments. These too-precious, fleeting moments when hugs and songs are enough to bring rest. I beg/pray that the Father will remind me ever so gently, when I get too caught up in myself, to remember that these days will not always be. That there will be a day free of mess, and that day will also be free of babies and children and scraped knees and silly laughter.

Amazing grace to embrace it all. Always.

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Kristi
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19:07 October 6, 2011

This line: when I get too caught up in myself, to remember that these days will not always be.
SUCH a great reminder. Thanks!

Rebecca
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19:35 October 6, 2011

As I sit here in my quiet, empty house, I can only nod my head and brush away my tears at the wise truth in these words, “remember that these days will not always be. That there will be a day free of mess, and that day will also be free of babies and children and scraped knees and silly laughter.”

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Michelle Palmer00:11 October 7, 2011

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Kristen Howerton00:17 October 7, 2011

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Story Bleed Magazine01:05 October 7, 2011

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Alison Wheeler01:12 October 7, 2011

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Rachel01:54 October 7, 2011

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Amber Haines02:31 October 7, 2011

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Michelle Palmer03:05 October 7, 2011

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Michelle Palmer12:35 October 7, 2011

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Anna07:20 October 10, 2011

Absolutely beautiful! As a mom I can very much relate. Every parent should read this!
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Cherry03:01 October 12, 2011

this is the first time i heard and it’s sounds very interesting.
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Andrea @ Mosaic Ideas
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21:42 October 12, 2011

Hi thanks for the article I just started a blog on mosaic art I am trying to find similar blogs to comment on and leave my link. This was my sons suggestion and he did not say it would be this difficult lol. Well if you have a moment please give me a visit.
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Karen Hammons
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15:17 October 13, 2011

Have you been in my house during bed time?? Because after reading this, I think you have been :) GREAT post that I can relate to SO much. Thank you for sharing!!

Smith07:58 October 15, 2011

Interesting story with fun and grace. Never seen post such like that. Keep up the good work.
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Holly tumpkin20:59 November 4, 2011

My oldest just went to college…her room is so clean now. I’d give anything for a snuggle and a trip over a toy right now! Concentrating on enjoying moments with younger ones evn more than I was before…

Erma Wilkinson05:53 December 10, 2011

Thanks! Every parent should read this!
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Lucille Hendricks13:00 February 26, 2012

Thanks! Hi thanks for the article I just started a blog on mosaic art I am trying to find similar blogs to comment on and leave my link. Every parent should read this!
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