The other morning by 9 a.m. I had this pit in my stomach as I realized that I had already said "no" more times than I could count.
"Can we play with play-doh?"
"Can we get out our dress up trunk?"
"Can we paint?"
"Can we have some gum?"
With our house on the market and 31 showings under our belt, I am exhausted with keeping the house "Show Ready" with my 3 and 5 year olds under foot. Getting things out like paint and play-doh and Legos and puzzles make me crazy because I never know when the phone is going to ring...
It got the point where I felt like I had preprogrammed myself to say no just for the sake of saying no. Oh, I was being "that mom." Gag...
It's certainly not fair to my little girls to hear "no" over such unnecessary things... Since they hear it plenty with the non-negotiables...
So I decided I better change my tune...
"Mom, can we play your guitars???"
"Yes! I can't wait to hear your songs!"
"Mom, can we stomp through the creek?"
"Mom, can we play dress up?"
"Yes, lovely princesses."
"Mom, can we puh-leeeeease paint?"
"Yes, you creative artists!"
"Mom, can we learn about the pilgrims and Indians and do Thanksgiving crafts?"
Er... That might have been my idea... ;) but aren't they cute!?!
But seriously, saying "yes" has made our days fuller and richer. I have taken pleasure in their good pleasure.
It made me think about how God views us... And how He lavishes in our God-honoring good pleasure... And how He loves to say "yes" to us so that we may have life and have it to the full...
I'm going to try to do better about making my "no-s" mean something... And my "yes-es" more fruitful...