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What Did You Do All Day, Honey?

This Sunday is the day we honor our moms who have given of themselves so tirelessly and unselfishly to make us what we are today. (In case you had forgotten, run ... do not walk ... to get something for her!) When I saw the following story in my files, I knew it's the one I wanted to post today.

picture of a busy mom

A man came home from work and found his three children outside still in their pajamas, playing in the mud with empty food boxes and 20 wrappers strewn all around the front yard.

The door of his wife's car was open, and so was the front door to the house, and there was no sign of the dog. Proceeding into the entry he found an even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked over and the throw rug was wadded against one wall.

In the front room the TV was loudly blaring a cartoon channel and the family room floor was almost totally covered with toys and various items of clothing.

In the kitchen dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled on the counter, the fridge door was open wide, dog food was spilled on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door.

He quickly headed up the stairs stepping over toys and more piles of clothes looking for his wife. He was worried she might be ill or that something serious had happened. He was met with a small trickle of water from under the bathroom door.

As he opened the door and peered inside he found wet towels, scummy soap and more toys strewn over the floor. Miles of toilet paper lay in a heap, and toothpaste had been smeared over the mirror and walls.

As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife still curled up in the bed in her pajamas, reading a novel. She looked up at him, smiled and asked how his day went.

He looked at her bewildered and asked, "What happened here today?"

She again smiled and answered, "You know every day when you come home from work and you ask me what in the world I do all day?"

"Yes," was his incredulous reply.

She answered, "Well, today I didn't do it."


bluebird update...

Last week the bluebirds tossed one of the eggs out of the nest. I found it under the bird house, broken open with a half-formed dead baby bird. Over the weekend, though, the remaining three eggs hatched. Here's what they looked like late Monday afternoon — definitely not very cute yet. I'll post more pictures as they grow and begin to feather out. From what I've read online, they fledge in less than 3 weeks after hatching!

picture of baby bluebirds

Here's what they looked like this morning — they're starting to grow gray fluff.

picture of baby bluebirds

I hope Mother's Day is a happy day for all you moms out there! I know that for some moms it's a hard day.


"We need to respond to all that God has already given us before we ask for more. ... You don't need more evidence — you need to believe what you already have." — Drew Conley

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The best way to keep your kids out of hot water is to put some dishes in it.

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5 Comments on “What Did You Do All Day, Honey?”

  1. #1 Michael
    on May 4th, 2011 at 9:14 am

    We’re looking forward to Mother’s Day at our house since it will be my wife’s first one as a mom. Her mom will be in town and my mother lives here. Additionally, my mother-in-law’s mom will also be here. And, our little one will be dedicated at church on Mother’s Day.

    Rob adds: That’s GREAT, Michael! This year will be Mark and Katie’s first Mother’s Day and Father’s Day as parents too. Enjoy!

  2. #2 Ellen
    on May 4th, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    As a mother of now 5 kids, I LOVE this story!! In all honesty though, my husband hasn’t asked me THAT question since shortly after our first child was born and I left her home with him for the evening while I went to a ladies’ meeting at church. He’s a smart man! 🙂

  3. #3 Sharon Klenk
    on May 4th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    I enjoyed the post – and the photos of your birds! I’ve been watching an eagles’ nest on webcam from Iowa and am amazed at how quickly the babies have grown. You can view this site at http://www.farmyou.com/falcon_cams/index.html if you want. Quite often the mother eagle is in view as well.

  4. #4 Caroline
    on May 4th, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    i think the baby birds are adorable!!

  5. #5 Carrie
    on May 4th, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    This is one of my favorite stories!