There is only one reason I’m posting this photograph.


It’s not to show off the pretty multi-colored scarf my mom knitted me last Christmas (with a matching one for Sarah!).

It’s not to celebrate the Iron Bowl. We didn’t win after all.

And it’s not so I can be reminded to take that orange sweater to the dry cleaners since it now smells strongly of bonfire, although that’s an admittedly nice bonus.


I’m posting this picture today so I won’t run away.


 So I’ll remember that sometimes my children are lovely. That sometimes they’re even lover-ly. Sometimes they snuggle and cuddle and kiss. Sometimes they don’t hit or run like hooligans or get put in time out or scream at the top of their lungs or smash their bowl of (homemade!) (delicious!) chicken noodle soup into smithereens on the kitchen floor (on purpose!). Sometimes they don’t scream for 45 minutes for candy! candy! candy! Sometimes they play nicely and quietly and alone. Sometimes they don’t wave toys in the face of their sibling, taunting and teasing. Sometimes they don’t pull the Christmas ornaments off the tree. Sometimes they don’t sit down when I say stand up and stand up when I say sit down. Sometimes. Sometimes. Sometimes.

So I won’t run away today. Or tomorrow.

(but they can’t stop me from dreaming)

JenNovember 30, 2009 - 8:56 pm

I’m so with you! And to think, it’s only mine who do such things!

Amy S.November 30, 2009 - 10:34 pm

My kids have been so naughty lately! It is almost a relief to read that someone elses children are acting out like mine. My four year old threw such a fit at the store today when I wouldn’t buy her some sparkly purple finger nail polish. She made such a fuss! Hang in there! Christmas (and hopefully all the naughtiness) will be here and gone before we know it.

Stacey ReeseNovember 30, 2009 - 11:11 pm

Glad to know I’m not the only one who wants to run out the door somedays! Love that shot…you’ll cherish that one for a long time!

AmandaDecember 1, 2009 - 4:02 am

I’ve sooooo been there. I have 2 that make me want to laugh and cry in frustration all at the same time. 😉 Kind of makes me feel bad for the hell I put my parents through. 🙂

marianDecember 1, 2009 - 6:09 am

just last night eric said we need to use December to remember how De-lightful our children can be. Great post!

TammyDecember 1, 2009 - 6:46 am

I LOVE that you’re normal 🙂

Jenny ZDecember 1, 2009 - 7:13 am

I hope your week with your kiddos improves and I hope mine and your other readers who are having days like this with their kiddos weeks improve too. Why does the most wonderful time of year turn into a very hard time of year?? Lovely picture of you and B-Ro.

scarlett floresDecember 1, 2009 - 7:14 am

Today is one of my run out the door days. And it just started. My good news is that 2 of mine are school age, and one is still baking. <3 Hang in there.

CamilyDecember 1, 2009 - 7:18 am

Oh thank you! Thank you! And I thought I was the only one! My pediatrician laughed at one of my stories and gave me this quote: “Some days are long, but the years fly by.” I love it, and it helps me to remember to cherish my time, even with the screaming, arguing, pestering, precious children because it will fly by in the blink of an eye, and then I’ll want it back!

DanielleDecember 1, 2009 - 7:57 am

I love it – exactly how I was feeling yesterday so I needed that 🙂

Aunt LuDecember 1, 2009 - 8:00 am

And someday believe it or not you’ll miss thoes sometimes!

Lacey ReimannDecember 1, 2009 - 8:02 am

Ah, yes, the pushing-me-so-far-past-my-limits-that-words-like-run-and-away-come-to-mind days. I have those, too. A lot. Why can’t kids just be lovable, sweet, cuddly heart melters all the time? Parenthood would be so much easier! I’d have a whole slew of kids! :- ) (No, really, I would!) Love the tender, sweet, cuddly moment captured between you & Ephraim, or shall I say “the chicken noodle soup destroyer”?!

SierraDecember 1, 2009 - 10:37 am

Oh I feel ya on this one! We love our babies so much but sometimes…. well, you already said it. lol My husband and I have a code when we need to have a meltdown away from the kids:

“Honey, I need to go get milk.”

“What? We have 2 gallons? I think you didn’t hear me, Babe. I NEED to go get milk!”

lol I love your blog! I’m a faithful reader daily. Thanks for sharing your beautiful family!

AlliDecember 1, 2009 - 12:09 pm

I had to resort to threatening to leave without my daughter this morning. Instead of getting upset and following me to the door, she turned around and said “be sure pick me up some donuts when you’re out!” ::sigh:: Your post made me smile— nice to be reminded that I’m not the only one out there ready to run for the hills sometimes. Hang in there!

KymnDecember 1, 2009 - 12:16 pm

Oh my goodness, I could not have expressed the same feeling better! Sometimes I think to myself, what am I doing wrong? Why are my children beating eachother to a pulp in the back of the van. Where is that sassy mouth coming from? Will I even make through the day?

I count to ten about every five minutes with my three kids. I think I am going to learn a new language to speak just to make it more interesting when I am counting to myself. :o)

It is good to know I am not the only one with the key halfway into the car ignition.

SamanthaDecember 1, 2009 - 4:26 pm

Run here! I miss you!!! Meet you at the closest hotel?????

christinewDecember 1, 2009 - 5:51 pm

love the honesty. and such a sweet picture to go with it.

JenniferDecember 1, 2009 - 5:52 pm

And when they’re all grown up and don’t really want to have too much to do with their mommies any more, you can look back at this picture and your heart will swell with the love you remember feeling at this very moment of your special time with your special little boy when he was still lover-ly. And remembering that will cause tears to pour down your face. Trust me….

j.j.December 1, 2009 - 8:29 pm

i need a shot like that because tonight i walked into walgreens to pick up f’s prescription for syringes and was torn between staying there and finding someplace slightly more glamourous to run away to.

robinDecember 2, 2009 - 11:35 am

erin, i’ve been feeling this EXACT same way these past few days. just yesterday, two full-on screaming sessions — once in the car (that lasted for a good 30 minutes on our drive home) and another as we were putting her to bed (at least 45 min). man, it was awful. i wanted to set up a listing for her on ebay right then & there. i kid…sort of…ha!

but when things like this happen, i’m always asking God to shower me with his love & patience. He calms me down like no other can (thank GODness!) usually from there (usually being the operative word), i can get past the shrieking & remember that my sweet little gal is in there somewhere deep down inside…somewhere? 😉

take care!

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