Success With Three

January 3, 2012

“Success” with three is totally different than success with two.  Getting out the door Sunday was a perfect case in point. 

  • 10:39 – Joey, Jude and Ellie successfully make it to the car where we await mama and Cam, giving us ample pre-gathering time for people to meet our new guy.
  • 10:45 – Cam the miracle worker has managed to keep himself unsullied while pooping on mama’s skirt just after an emergency (according to Cam) nursing session.
  • 10:55 – Kate emerges from the house with Cam changed and somewhat less enthusiastic about the mornings events.
  • 11:05 – The Wulf family arrives at REALITY with just enough time to drop the kids off and find some seats while the gathering begins.

Success with two children?  Not really.
Success with three?  Everyone made it with all their limbs and most of their wits still about them didn’t they?!  Success! 

Seriously though there is a huge way in which the goal posts have moved for us as parents.  Not only are there more moving/crying/pooping/waking-in-the-middle-of-the-night parts, but I’m seeing how much less able I am to maintain a front of control.  Consequently when “my plan” is thwarted by my kids–the same as it was before–I’m much less likely to extend grace because I’m that much less in control.

Its not that I was more gracious to my kids before.  Its that my control was less imperiled by their misadventures.  Time to repent.  Time to confess. Time to believe that God is great enough to hold not only my kids’ lives, but my (and our) security, provision and plans in his control. 

…And yes most of this was realized after waking to a little boy from whom there came such a sound and such a smell so as to make sleep impossible; the perfect time for a parent of three to do his thinking and confessing.


2 Responses to “Success With Three”

  1. Karen Chastain Says:

    ohhhh Dear Jesus How Great are Your Mercies !!

  2. Karen Wulf Says:

    the curriculum of life! praise God for holy insights!

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