puddles after rain

Yesterday, I had a little “Mommy meltdown”.  Ya know those days where you just don’t feel adequate as a mother and you don’t even want to be one?  That was me.  It rained this afternoon but afterward I took the kids on a walk all around the neighborhood (mainly trying to wear them out so they would go to sleep easily!)  On our way home, we found this huge puddle that formed after the rain. I decided to be carefree and not worry about  wet shoes and told them to splash in it.  They splashed and splashed for the next 30 minutes.   As I sat there with the sun beaming down on me, watching  them with pure joy, I noticed the way the sun was sparkling off the puddle and reflecting onto their sweet faces.   Soaking wet and smiling, they looked so sweet and innocent, finding such joy in this simple piece of nature. My littlest looked so cute crouching down in the puddle splashing with a Superman cape safety pinned to his back.  I wanted so badly to go get the camera but we were about a block away and I knew that I should just take this memory into my heart.  Then a thought came into my mind that is something my Mom has said to me many times. “After the storm, comes the rainbow” or in this case, after the rain comes the puddles.  I realized that things were going to be okay with this move and are gonna get easier.  I am even starting to get excited about it.

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  1. Noel says:

    Kelli,You were so wonderful yesterday with Stella and Ari, you must be a great Mom, you took your kids and let them enjoy nature, the smell of the rain and just enjoying the afternoon, it will all become easier. Your great!

  2. Kara Elmore says:

    Ohh how true it is … and it’s SO nice when you REALIZE that in the moments that ARE so crazy. I heard last week a little quote that we should come to expect those daily miracles … not because we “deserve” them … but because He WILL give them to us. Last year I went out to ice cream w/ Fluffs … I almost started to cry watching her have SO much fun, telling me ALL about her day. THOUGHT about getting the camera – but didn’t. Enjoyed the moment. And now I REALLY remember it – it’s in my heart. You ARE going to be fine… better than fine – you will REJOICE in that which is around you!!!

  3. jami edman says:

    I needed to read that today- thanks Kelli

  4. Thea says:

    Kelli,Firstly I love the blog. I just found you while browsing the web.

    Second I was so touched by this post. I have a 4yr old little guy and i have so had days where I feel less than enough in the mommy arena. Sharing with us this tender moment of letting go-both with the puddle and with going to get the camera-is something I am sure I will remember when a similar moment catches me. Thanks for posting about it.