Late night visits

Thursday, November 10, 2011

He calls & faintly my mind registers that I'm needed...

Another call ... it was late getting in last night.... a friend in need called & I went & didn't arrive home from the city until the wee hours....much too late for this sleep-needy mother....maybe the sound  it was all just a dream...

Once again I hear "Mummy, I've wet the bed"... I slowly roll over & raise myself out of the warmth and begin the stumble through the dark to their room to their bedside...

Again...I'm too slow...it's one of  my matching set that  needs me, but the fuzz of my brains makes the voice indistinguishable from the other.  I push the switch & as light fills out the dark spaces of the hallway all goes quiet.  They know I'm coming.... we've done this before... many times.  They will wait, happy in the knowledge that I will come..they will not be left in that uncomfortable state forever.

As I enter their bedroom a head appears above the bed's end... bright eyes smile when they see me... I was missed last night  ~ no last kisses or hugs ~ no reminders to "please be quiet" sprang from this mother's lips.  Instead prayers were said with a friend over her sick newborn babe... tears were shed & a shoulder offered... strength for one who has offered that for me when my own tears have overwhelmed.  Love reciprocated.... isn't that what friendship is all about?  


A second head appears on the level above the first... excitement fills his identical eyes... "Mum guess what we saw a kangaroo on our driveway & it was so big & it jumped right over the fence into Churchill forest"  the words are all run  into each other as his 5 year old brain relives the fun of the moment ~ the wonder of God's creation ~ the might of the creature just a breathe compared to the might of it's Creator.  And I smile as I remember just a few hours earlier... just as the clock was stroking midnight & I was by myself  on a lonely country road in a bumpy old farm ute... how out of the corner of my sleepy eye a kangaroo emerged & I managed to jam on the brakes & that crazy kangaroo jumped straight across the road  right in  my path & had it stopped  in the glare of my headlights I would have hit it, but God was good & allowed it to keep right on going.   Must be the night for  them.





Finally I lay my head back down.  Two clean, cuddly boys lay in between us & I manage to teeter on the edge of our much-too-small- for-visitors-during-the-night  bed.  I think about the blessings of safety, the blessings of friends, the blessings of children & the blessings of warm places to lay our heads at night.  As I drift off to sleep I remind myself to keep on looking.... look for those blessings in the everyday, in the unimportant.  For I don't deserve any of it ~ this life, this family~ it is all a gift!  


Keep on looking...




8 comments:

Selina said...

Hi Narn,
Such little cuties, tho not so little now...
Had the latest episode in The Great Tooth Saga yesterday, am still feeling it.
Much luv
sel

Shannon Milholland said...

What an adventurous night. Y'all are having more fun at night than we do during the day! :) I love the sweet perspective of a mom seeing her children and kindly serving them no matter the hour. (new follower from (in)courage)

Homeschool on the Croft said...

How beautifully written. You are so much more gracious than me... I have been spoiled by kids who have hardly ever woken me through the night, and now I am less than gracious when it does happen :(

I hope I'll take a lesson from your loving reaction to these precious pumpkins :)

Smilie girl said...

Sweet boys. It's good to be reminded to focus on the many good things there are all around us and not get caught up in the things we think should be happening - like sleep. Have a good weekend.

Torrie said...

I love how you saw the blessing in an interrupted, short night, instead of the inconvience. Great lesson for us mommas.

Nikki said...

Thank you for reminding me that these are the most precious earthly gifts.I know it but sometimes a reminder is good.:)How neat to see a kangaroo in real life.We can only imagine that...

La Donna said...

Hi Renata!! Thank you for visiting my Santa Beso and following me too. Double blessing. Good for you for reaching out through the (in)courage community. It's a great group of ladies who do love the Lord. I'm sure you'll find that out very very soon.

I'm starting to follow you too. It'll be nice to have a faith follower. Your pics are stunning and the land you live on is amazing. Glad to have a new friend in the blog world- and especially from Australia. How cool is that?!!

Shanda said...

Having young children at home is a gift. Mine are all in college and I miss those days.

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