My One Thing

Three years ago, my husband and I moved to Texas. We had been traveling a lot with work and this position in the company had no plans of travel on the horizon whatsoever. When you’ve lived out of a suitcase your entire first year of marriage, that sounds heavenly.
So we moved to The Colony, Texas (a very awesome decision by the way) and started living life. Not too deep into Marshall’s new position, he was introduced to a concept called ‘one thing’. In a nutshell, your one thing is the one thing that you aim to do daily that will prove you are doing your job well. I loved this concept. Even recall saying: “I want a ‘one thing’!” {insert whiny voice}
Fast forward 2 and a half years. I’m a mommy to a new born, teaching part time at a preschool and struggling to regain ‘me’. All mommies know what I’m talking about. That postpartum haze. The fog that robs you of your mind, takes your emotions for a roller coaster ride, and wreaks havoc on your personal identity. You start asking yourself: Who am I?
That was me. I was involved in a lot of good things but I wasn’t happy.  The problem was they weren’t the best things for me to be doing. They were activities that I could do, but so could anyone else. They were committees and events that didn’t make my heart skip a beat. And to be honest my contribution didn’t really turn any heads either. I did my job and did it well. But only because someone asked me. Only because there was a need. And well someone had to do it.
Then one day I realized that I had a bad attitude. And I didn’t care. I knew these causes I was connected to were so incredibly important. They were making a difference. But not because of me. In spite of me. I was filling needs.
When the light bulb in my head came on so did the memory of my husband’s one thing.
I needed a one thing!
With a clear concise one thing, I could easily separate the needs from the callings! {excitement building!!!}
And so with very little editing, I drafted the following ‘one thing’ filter:
To reach children and their families by showing them the love of Jesus in a fun and creative way.
I did this last December. Since that time, I can’t think of a single event that I’ve participated in that did not fall quite nicely into my ‘one thing’ prerequisite. If an opportunity came up that didn’t line up with this ‘one thing’ there was only one answer to give: “Thanks but no!!”
Does this mean I say ‘no’ to anything that doesn’t have to do with children or their families? No. If someone needs me to set up a few chairs, I’ll happily do it. If you need me to make a few phone calls, sure. But I won’t be heading up a committee to fundraise for a new roof or singing a special on Easter Sunday.
But you might catch me dancing with toddlers and carrying around a plush heart with arms tenderly referred to as Huggy Heart by my little friends. You might see me speaking passionately about families and the importance of Dedication of Home and Family. You might even catch me doing a Science experiment in my backyard just to make sure it will work before trying it at school. And you’ll definitely catch me on trying to stay one step ahead of my budding Spanish bilinguals.
I’ve found my one thing and it feels great.
What about you? Do you know your one thing? Are you living the dream or spinning your wheels?

A Pinterest Inspired Moment

So there’s a lot of thoughts on how Pinterest is the most amazing thing in the world. Then there’s the converse: it is the overtired, overworked, overlooked home-maker’s worst nightmare.

Personally, I love it. But that’s not what this blog is about. It’s about a moment that started last night as I was perusing Pinterest.

As a part time preschool teacher, I am constantly looking for ideas to incorporate into my classroom setting. Due to the unique role I play, there’s a need to be well versed in activities that would go over well for ages 1-5. But that isn’t what this blog is about either.

As I was looking, I came across an idea for a water activity that I thought would be something super awesome to do with Dominic, my inquisitive 15 month old. I told my husband all about it and emphatically proclaimed that this water activity would be on our agenda for tomorrow.

Well tomorrow is here. We got up, ate breakfast, played for a bit, vacuumed, ‘threw’ the ball around. Then, Mommy wanted a moment to sip her coffee so on the tv went. Not that The Dom really watches it but there’s one particular program that catches his attention during the music transitions. So on went Eebee’s Adventures. I mentioned I taught preschool right? So, (being transparent here), I thought: “I can sip my coffee. Dom likes the music. AND I can get some more ideas for Music and Movement for my ones and twos. Fantastic combination!”

So we settle down to watch this little puppet Eebee playing with water. My preschool teacher wheel’s are turning. “This is great,” I think. “I need to make a water play supply list for next year!”

Then I remember. The water activity!

Dominic didn’t know we were going to play with water, but I did. And we hadn’t. Cue Guilty Mom Conscience.

So I did an odd thing. I pulled out the finger paints, grabbed my shave gel, pulled Dom’s clothes off and put him in the highchair. And we finger painted and played with shaving cream and then mixed finger paint in shaving cream.

{Getting started with the shaving cream}


{We got a little messy!}

My point is not that Pinterest is awesome or not awesome. (We didn’t even do the water activity I found!)

My point is that these moments with our sweet babies are precious. I am seeing how fast my little guy is growing and I don’t want to look back on Dom’s early years and have a ‘board’ full of ideas I never executed. Or that everyone thought I was an amazing preschool teacher but I poured more time and energy into the lives of other people’s children than my own sweet child.

Bottom line: Regardless of where your inspiration comes from, do something! Spend time with your children and even if it means you have to mop the kitchen floor before the paint stains or that your child has a melt down in the middle of your activity. It is worth it.

{I'm done mommy!}