Jenny Masche blogs about her passions: motherhood, faith, family, fitness.
By Jenny Masche
Yesterday, I was sitting at this amazing little cafe close to my home, watching my six kids play. There were birds, plants, trees and little fountains. They were in heaven of course and I was in heaven watching them. They were so cute, innocent and just happy. The owner of the cafe always comes out to sit and talk. One by one the kids all wanted to dance, sing or perform something for her. As I watched them I thought back to when they were 16 months old. I was housebound and really, really struggling. I remember one particular day in October of 2008: I had six little ones running in all directions, unable to really communicate with any of them, unable to get anything done. One falling down hitting their head, then another falling, then one biting or hitting or stealing toys. It was an endless day of typical 16 month old behavior (times six!), that was about to do me in! I thought “Lord, I can’t do this! I don’t know how I’m ever going to make it. Can’t they just be 4 already?”
As in life, I continued to put one foot in front of the other- day by day month by month, and yesterday I was looking at six precious (happy!) 4 1/2 yr olds, playing, laughing, well behaved. Well mannered. As I sat in the cafe, thinking back to the days I thought I wasn’t going to make it- I smiled, thanking God for each season! Good, bad, peaceful, crazy, rested, tired… waiting.
The one thing I’ve really tried to learn, is to truly embrace and appreciate the season I am in. It’s so easy to wonder what’s next- or to want God to rescue you from the season you’re in. The one thing I know is that he difficult season when they were 16 months has made this season at age 4 1/2 truly wonderful, and the difficulty of the past has made the current that much more precious and sweet. Not that I don’t have difficult days (that’s life), but whatever season of life you are in- embrace it! It will end and a new season will begin. It may be better, it may be worse, but I believe God uses these seasons for specific purposes. Whatever it is, you don’t want to miss it.
I don’t want to miss one moment, one lesson, one blessing, one trial, one joy. It’’s all to make us whole and to make us depend on Him. To help us accept exactly where we are, and to see things from a perspective that will ultimately give us freedom from thinking that we can’t make it! Because, we can. You can- you will. If you are in a difficult season in your life- use it to seek your maker and depend fully on Him. And when the new season begins it will be sweeter than ever because of the trial you endured. I’m so thankful to be in a precious season of my kid’s lives. I pray it will always be like this, however that is doubtful! But bottom line, I want to embrace all the moments because I don’t want to miss a thing!
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Jenny McClendon (Masche), star of WETV’s “Raising Sextuplets”, blogs about her journey and her passions: motherhood, faith, family, fitness.