yesterday, i attended our stake's women's conference. it was a great experience! it was the first one that i had been to in a long time and it was so uplifting and energizing!
during the conference i attended 2 classes. one was on parenting and the other was on marriage. both classes were excellent!
whenever i attend these types of events there are different things that stand out or things that really strike a chord within me. you know those moments when you think, "wow! that was meant just for me!"
well, this conference was no different! while i was in the parenting class, brother winkle was sharing a personal story about a time when his grandchildren had spent the night. that morning, his 7 year old grandson woke up hungry and proceeded into the kitchen to make some breakfast. brother winkle continues to describe what his 7 year old grandson did; he went to the cupboard and pulled out the griddle, got some bread and some eggs and began making himself some french toast! this kid was only 7 years old, the same age as our oldest (who, by the way does not know how to make french toast, but that might just be because she doesn't like french toast!)!
brother winkle then explained, and this was my "wow, i'm a great mom" moment, "the reason my grandson was able to make his own french toast at age 7 is because his mother is a great mom! in the morning, she sleeps in and because of it he is learning to be independent and self-reliant!"
yippee and hallelujah!
i used to feel guilty that i am not a morning person, that i sleep in well past the time when my kids get up, but now i know that all this time i was just being a great mom!
so, from now on i will stop feeling bad when i wake up late and go downstairs to find all three of our girls playing with each other and taking care of themselves! when the morning sunlight has been streaming in my bedroom window for several hours and i am trying to coax myself out of bed, i will just keep telling myself "you're being a great mom! you're being a great mom!" as i roll over and go back to sleep!