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Going with the Flow (A Belated Birthday)

devotional, Family, personal accounts, SophiaRachel

Even though one of my New Year’s Resolutions/Goals was to be more organized and on top of things, that isn’t always how it turns out.

Before I could blink, it was the last week of February and my baby girl’s birthday was quickly approaching. 

Every time I asked Sophia what she wanted me to make for her birthday meal she responded, “Peet-zah!" so we decided we would celebrate at our kid’s favorite pizza place—CiCi’s! 

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We were all looking forward to it.

However, the night before her birthday, Sophia got very cranky and was acting like she felt miserable.  I took her temperature and its reading confirmed my suspicions: she had a fever!

Even though I had hoped she would be better by morning, she was not; Cami had come down with a fever too!

I felt frustrated that both girls were sick on a birthday. I was disappointed that we weren’t going to get to celebrate like I had planned.  Even though it was obvious that the birthday plans would have to be postponed, I felt myself becoming increasingly agitated and (ultimately) stressed as I watched my plans unravel.

When I called my mom to vent my frustrations complain, she reminded me of this simple truth:

I can not choose the situations or circumstances I face each day, but I can choose how I react to them.

After her pep talk, I realized how silly it was to let uncontrollable circumstances dictate my mood (which in turn was setting the mood for the entire household!).

I made the decision to go with the flow (fighting against it sure wasn’t helping!) and as a result thoroughly enjoyed being able to spend Sophia’s birthday snuggling with and comforting both of my little girls who were sick and needed their Mommy.

I still had to keep the girls home from church that Sunday, but in the evening Rudy's parents stopped by to drop off Sophia’s gift. We adults were able to enjoy a quick cup of coffee and everyone enjoyed a slice of birthday cake!

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It was a simple celebration, but it was still special.

Happy Belated Birthday to the baby of our family—our precious Sophia Hope, who is truly as sweet as she is adorable.

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Do you get frustrated when things aren’t going as planned?  Is there someone or something the Lord has used to help snap you back to reality when you find yourself complaining {like me!} ? I’d love to hear your thoughts! =)

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