My house is clean. (Well, not the toilets but only because we were out of Comet, so that will happen tomorrow.) The den has been vacuumed and the pillows on the couch have been freshly plumped and arranged. The laundry is actually all put away. There is a homemade chicken pie bubbling in the oven and a pot of black-eyed peas simmering on the stove. The kitchen floor has been swept, the counters wiped, the sink scoured with bleach.
What's more, I spent time with my kids today-- took them out to Pizza Hut to use their Book-It coupons. I also bought them a set of Tinkertoys at the used homeschool store-- remember those? They have played and played with them this afternoon instead of watching tv. At lunch today, we sat and talked and I remembered to smile.
Any moment, my husband will walk in the door from a four day trip to a totally clean house, happy children, and a homemade dinner.
Just for this moment, I feel capable. I feel like I can actually do this thing called motherhood. It is only a moment, but I had to share it with someone. Because, you see, these moments don't come often.
I am choosing to be thankful they come at all!