I was compared to this today. As I was in the check out lane at Kohl's, a complete stranger walked up to me and said, "Do you know what you remind me of? A duck and all her ducklings." I just smiled, looked at her, and told her that it wasn't the first time someone had said that to me. I mean, what's a person to say? She said it was a laughing manner, so I definitely didn't take it as a bad thing. Of course, she asked if they were all mine, and then she was floored that they were. Her response was, "I chickened out at two."
Immediately following that encounter, I had a lady come up to me and say, "Are these all yours? or do you watch some kids?" I said, "Yup, they're all mine." She looked at me and asked, Do you know what you are......BLESSED!" I totally agreed with her. I liked her. Such a nice lady!
It's true. I am blessed. God has entrusted me with 6 healthy kids, and a lot of times I take that for granted. The other day I read a church sign and it said, "Each day is a gift. Unwrap it slowly." There was something about those words that made me pause and think. I don't think of each day as a gift from God. Sometimes I wake up grumpy thinking of what I have to do that day. Or some days I wake ups to kids screaming and yelling at each other. (And believe me, that's NOT cool.) But regardless of how I wake up, I need to realize that God has given me another gift...the gift of living another day. I need to do my best to live for Him. Sometimes I catch myself dwelling on the negative. Everyone knows that I DO NOT like homeschooling, but it's our only option as of right now. So, I grumble and complain about it. I should realize that homeschooling is a gift straight from God Himself. I get to spend extra time with my kids that many others don't get to enjoy. As hard as it is to admit, I know that one day I'm going to look back and miss the homeschool days, and I'll probably wish that I cherished them a little bit more. So my prayer is that I will treat each day as a gift, and do my best to please God throughout each day.
So, I guess if being compared to a duck reminds me of all this, people can tell me that all the time!