Thursday, May 26, 2011

Small Successes Thursday

Every week, we stop and count the victories that are part of every day.  It's hard to remember to recognize that the business of mothering is measured in moments ;in all those times when we don't get caught up in whether or not we got to everything on our to-do list, but whether we knew when to stop doing the to-do list to do what matters most. 

Success is measured in the times we read one more story, stopped folding and went outside to kick a soccer ball or spent some time we'd prefer to be busy, being present to those around us, showing love in the methods that are in many cases, out of our comfort zone.  For me, I love to show love by doing works  (chores of the house) and (obviously) words.  So it is important for me to remember to use touch (hugs, rubs), to give time (stories, games) and gifts (cards, remembering birthdays, anniversaries, etc, sending letters). 

So this week I:

1) introduced my third grade to the real world of Harry Potter by reading the first chapter aloud.  She's hooked. 

2) taught my son to play Sodoku.  Think he will find this a great challenge and a lot of fun.

3) Spent time playing cards with the kids on Sunday.

4) Working on continuing the rosary on a daily basis. 

5) Made a pitch to a magazine, they said yes.  Now I have to write the article.  Have begun research. 

6) Did yoga one day and one daughter joined me and is really into it, so she is trying to get me to do it with her.  I need to stop resisting because there are other things to do and do it. 

Have some successes to share?  Don't be shy!  Either leave your list (3 or more) in the comments or use Mr. Linky to let us know to visit your blog.  Then go visit the other blogs that participated this week, meet some voices in the blogosphere and discover you aren't alone in the struggle to every day pour out something more than yourself for others.  


Lynn said...

Yeah on the 3rd grader and Harry Potter. My 4th and 3rd grader have no interest in the material but we watched the movies this weekend on ABC Family and they were interested in that - so perhaps there is hope.

Dianna@KennedyAdventures said...

Oh, I LOVE HP! I'm looking forward to the days when my little ones will be old enough to listen to it.

Natalie said...

I love reading the Harry Potter books. It is so much fun to read them aloud. I can't wait until my boys are old enough for them.

Mary B said...

OK I did it! Can't believe I remembered. Can you tell me where I can get the HTML for the button?

SherryTex said...

I tried to post the code in this block but it won't read so Mary if you would email me at, I'll send you the code in an email and you can cut and paste it.

munchesmom said...

Harry Potter must be in the air! My DS (age 10) just asked me this morning if he could start reading the HP books. Congrats on all your successes!

*kate said...

I can't wait till my boys are old enough for HP! Congratulations on the mag pitch! (And I'll be emailing you for the button too.)

BlessedMom said...

Thanks for hosting!

Gluten Free Joan Marie said...

1. Went to yoga twice this week! Yeah me!
2. Caught up on all my school work.
3. Downloaded all my pictures to the computer.

MightyMighty said...

I really recommend the "Read Aloud Handbook" by Jim Trelease for anyone who loves to read to their kids. He's got the best research on why and how reading aloud to your kids is important, all the way through high school. Also, there are great book lists in the back.

StorkWatcher said...

Posted my successes and hope to read everyone else's soon. These really help keep me from wallowing in the mommy guilt so much!

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