Just a Bad Day.

Someone once asked me if I ever have a bad day.

Um, well, the answer is a big fat YES. I mean, who DOESN’T have bad days sprinkled in the mix of all the joys of life? Toss in five children 8 and under, homeschooling and the regular day to day activities … and hmm, that can be an interesting ride.

But isn’t it all about perspective?

For instance, Lovelyn, who is now 21 months old, is battling something. Not sure what. She has a fever that comes and goes. I think it’s her teeth – not sure though. She is just plain old miserable. She won’t nap properly. She won’t play. She is not eating as much as normal. She is one unhappy baby right now. It has been three full days of complete crying and major meltdowns. Several times a day I have found myself praying for her pain to go away and praying for patience as I sit and rock her on the front porch swing, Lovelyn in one arm and Leia in the other, singing her songs of Jesus’ love, rocking, rubbing her back, realizing dinner would not get made today, knowing the three loads of laundry sitting upstairs on the hallway floor wasn’t going to be tucked away anytime soon, knowing if I moved she would probably burst into another stream of tears and tantrums.
It would be easy to complain and whine right now.

{I’m exhausted.

Lovelyn is exhausted.

Daddy worked 18+ hours yesterday so there was no extra helping hand in the evenings.}

But I can breathe and know this too shall pass.  It’s just a few pages in a short chapter of my life. It’s nothing compared to what mothers around the world face with their own little ones –  mothers who wish they were still cradling their babies in their arms where they are safe from harm. I am praying tomorrow is better for Lovie’s sake. It’s just a bad day. Nothing more.


So yes, I do have bad days. I’m not writing this for a pat on the back or for sympathy but for a reality check. Life – good and bad – happens and we can choose how we deal with it when it faces us dead on – whether it’s a high fever,  a broken friendship, an argument between mother and child or a financial strain in your life. How are you dealing with it?







“Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace.
And your best days are never so good that you’re beyond the need of God’s grace.”






August 1, 2012 - 7:50 pm

Sherri Smith Love, Hope and prayers to you, Lovelyn and your family. <3 It must be very trying and tiring, but maybe your other girls will learn about caring and patience from this too. So sorry to hear Lovelyn is not herself. Hope all is well again soon. xo

August 1, 2012 - 11:47 am

Amy J Can I just say thank you for your blogs!! My daughter is the same age as Lovelyn and she is my first baby.
My daughter is also fighting something right now and she is NOT herself. It breaks my heart!
But this so shall pass!!

August 1, 2012 - 10:19 am

Heidi In my devotion time yesterday I was reminded that it is in the strain that we can know and receive God’s strength. Praying He gives you a double portion today my dear friend.

August 1, 2012 - 10:10 am

Tabitha Beautiful and reassuring, and very graceful. Sending well thoughts for Love ♥

August 1, 2012 - 10:03 am

Robin You’re so positive! What a great post! If everyone looked at bad days like this…the world would be a brighter place!

August 1, 2012 - 9:28 am

Jenn So true, Gillian. It’s about perspective, and your attitude towards it all. You can let a cup of spilled milk ruin your day, or you can draw pictures in the puddle…and same goes for just about anything! And when you consider what other people in the world have to deal with, really things aren’t so bad at all.

Hope Love feels better soon!

August 1, 2012 - 9:16 am

Sherry Awww, poor Lovie! Maybe she is growing? One of the little ones I used to care for would get unexplained fevers and be listless and miserable just before a bit of a growth spurt. Then he would be back to his normal wonderful self. I hope she has a better day today…love and hugs!

July 31, 2012 - 11:20 pm

Terri Ann Perspective…such a beautiful thing.
Sending you love friend xo