Monday, September 27, 2010

Fire Extinguishers

The husband and I were talking about how things are going in the family.

We occasionally get about 10 minutes of uninterrupted conversation when one of us is not half asleep to touch base. (No, unfortunately I am not exaggerating and yes, I do recognize this is not a good thing.)

We both agreed that it feels more like we're "putting out fires" constantly in our home rather than being the parents we are called to be.We feel like we're moving from one crisis or problem to the next and it's not effective or enjoyable. Moreover, it's not the vision we have for our family.

What we're doing isn't working and it's time for a change. We have glimpses of how we want things to be but we need to seriously nurture these glimpses so they grow and make up a larger percentage of our daily lives.

The hardest part of this for me is that at the outset it is going to mean a lot more time, energy and attention from me...and that feels overwhelming. BUT it's going to be worth it. I don't have to do it alone either. I've got the husband to share parenting with and I also have been having some heart-to-hearts with God about it.

Lord, give me the time and patience to water the flowers so we don't have brush fires and help the minor flare ups to not become three alarm blazes.



  1. My husband and I are in the same boat. We are lucky to grab 10 minutes uninterrupted during the day. It's hard to juggle and my only excuse is that I am not structured enough in each day and through the week. I'm getting better but...One day at a Time! I wish you the best and would love to hear how you accomplish your goals.
    Take Care!

  2. Structure! That is what I need to work on.