Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Groundhog Day

Ever seen that movie? If you haven't, then watch for it on your regular cable. It is one of those movies that plays on television almost biweekly. The premise of the movie is a TV weatherman, played by Bill Murray, must relive "Groundhog Day" over and over again until he gets his priorities straight.

My point? Taking care of a newborn is like being Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. Your days are the same. The difference, however, is that instead of being forced to live the same day over and over until you get your priorities straight, your days are the same because your priorities are straight...feed, diaper change, play, sing and sleep. This is neither a complaint nor a compliment it is merely a fact.

The conclusion? As a mom of a newborn it is important for me to make my own fun and make my days different. Being able to distinguish a Wednesday from a Saturday is an important reality check for me. Here are some things I have been enjoying to savor everyday as a unique gift from God, rather than feeling like I am  living in an alternate reality where each day is no different from the one before:
-video taping and taking pictures of Rylyn (this way I can revel in her growth and how different she is from the day before)
-keeping a blog/social networking (keeps me connected to the rest of the world and allows me to share the daily changes I observe in our lives)
-doing errands (it takes us 2 hours between feeds to go to the store and this definitely adds excitement to the day)
-Daddy time (Daddy time each night allows mommy to do something for herself like a hot shower or scrapbooking and asking him for help reminds me I am not alone)
-visiting with family and friends (do I really need a comment for this one?)

Bible Reflections

Isaiah 43:18-20 (New King James Version)

18 “ Do not remember the former things,
      Nor consider the things of old.
       19 Behold, I will do a new thing,
      Now it shall spring forth;
      Shall you not know it?
      I will even make a road in the wilderness
      And rivers in the desert.
       20 The beast of the field will honor Me,
      The jackals and the ostriches,
      Because I give waters in the wilderness
      And rivers in the desert,
      To give drink to My people, My chosen.

-Even when you feel like you are going nowhere fast...even when you feel like you are spinning your tires...even when you feel like your priorities are mixed up and like you don't have purpose...remember God's priorities are straight and He has a purpose for you. Look to Him. Examine your life for the new things He is doing, they are there and so is He.

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