They Are Watching

He raced ahead of me into the kitchen, yanking on the childproof cabinet door before I got there.  “Get it, MomMom!”  Rushing around, nearly barking militant orders, a simple “Let’s make popcorn!” sent my popcorn-loving 2 year-old into fast motion.

“Need this,” as he pulls the foil cover out of a drawer.

“Get the popcorn,” while pointing to the freezer.

“Need some butter,” as he opens the fridge.

“I carry the bowls,” he offers.

Good grief, the child could make popcorn all on his own!  Who taught him that?!  And I am reminded.

He is watching my every move.

Hearing my every word.  Learning from my tone.  My encouragement.  My criticizing.  My excitement.  My “Just a second!” (for the fifth time).  Always.

They all are, silly little brilliant impressionable sponges.

It’s both enthralling and sobering, wrapped up into one crazy mess of Please, Lord!  Help me do this Mom Thing right!

Christmas is coming.   What will they see?  What will they hear?  What will they learn… from me?

Will the decorations go up with a grumpy heave ho and “What a mess!” or will 5 ornaments on one low branch receive crowning glory just as the brightly lit angel on top of the tree?

Will gift gathering and wrapping be a stress or a joy?

Will one more commitment overshadow one more quiet dinner around the glowing Advent wreath?

Will I spit fire at wildly inappropriate child behavior, or spit laughter with my family as we share silly moments, just us?

How will I center our Christmas season?  What do I hear in my own words?  They hear them, amplified.  What do I see in my own actions?  They see them, magnified. 

They are watching. 






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  1. Amen! Thanks for the reminder. When my daughter was tiny, she was walking around with her Elmo phone saying something that sounded like “I-B-C”. After I asked her what she was trying to say several times, she yelled: “Mommy, you see I bee-see? I guess she had heard’ “Madeline, can’t you see I’m busy?” a few too many times while I was making business calls!

  2. Your little guy is too cute barking his popcorn orders!! My first definitely has my temper. It is becoming more obvious it’s something I should be more mindful of!

  3. Lovely reminder. Thank you.

  4. That is cute. Even as they get older…teenagers…they are still watching. 😉

  5. So sweet! Amazing all they absorb. And also why they likely become so frustrated. They KNOW how to do (fill in the blank) they just can’t get their little bodies to cooperate! My two little guys also say/said “MomMom”! Love it!

  6. Love this! How sweet that your little guy knows how to make popcorn.

    Also, thank you for the reminder. I think one of the hardest things for me is appreciating my children for who they are, not what I think people expect me to make them into. Does that makes sense? While I know it is my job to lead and guide them, I don’t want to be so worried about what other people think of the job I am doing raising them. What matters most is whether I am raising them to know and love the Lord and that we are having fun along the way. Sometimes I think people expect perfection of my children and I. Therefore, I sometimes wonder if I am expecting too much and thus missing a little of the joy of that “wildly inappropriate child behavior.” 🙂


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