The majority of my weekend has been spent working on projects with Cubs 1 and 2. Cub 1 is preparing to enter his science fair project in the county fair. He placed 2nd in his school’s fair a few months ago. He compared different propeller lengths to see if their speed varied using a fan as the source of power. Now, he’s using a battery as a source of power and he’s going to see if his results differ. How I wish he would apply his excitement for science experiments to other school subjects.
Cub 2 is working on a famous African American project. He had to choose a person who had accomplished at least three significant events in their life. He chose Will Smith and is presenting him on a poster board that has to have a timeline and three pictures with captions representing the three significant events.
We’ve been working on both projects over the past week and I had hoped to be completely finished with both BEFORE this weekend, but life happens! After church school on Saturday, I spent the rest of the evening helping out both cubs. I searched the internet for pictures of Will Smith, I took Cub 1 to Lowe’s to look for a little rubber thing to keep the propellers in place while spinning on the motor, I cut out pictures of Will Smith, I taped wires down to help keep the motor in place while propellers were spinning…and before I knew it, it was evening and I realized I had not accomplished anything that I had planned to do! I didn’t get any laundry done, I didn’t get any papers graded, I didn’t get any lesson plans done, I didn’t get to comb the girls’ hair, I didn’t clean the kitchen after dinner…and to top it all off the cubs were starting to complain about my pace.They started to ask about if I was finished doing this or that and they snuck in a little tv time while waiting for me to do my part. So, I went ahead and took my name out of the hat for the 2012 Mother of the Year Award and let them know how I was feeling. I ended my rant with a question something like “why am I doing all of this while you all watch tv?” Cub 2 replied matter-of-factly “Because you love us. You always put us first ahead of yourself and I’m gonna get a check plus” and Cub 1 agreed.
They noticed. They acknowledged and noticed what I had been doing…and that’s all I needed to hear! They could’ve asked me for anything at that moment and I would’ve bent over backwards to get it done for them even if that meant that I wouldn’t get my own work completed. That’s because I interpreted their acknowledgement as a thank you.
How often does God bless us and we forget to say thank you, or even acknowledge that what we were given was a blessing from Him? Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Psalm 118:1 He will bend over backwards to give you what you want and need if you remember to say thank you!
Peace and Blessings!