It’s never a dull day in a house full of kids! You have opportunities at every turn to call on God to give you grace, mercy, strength…anything that is going to help you keep your cool and show God to your children. Yesterday was one of those times…
I came home from work to find my oldest daughter, 13 years old, crying in the kitchen. I asked her what was wrong and all I got was “Your going to kill me”…”You are going to be so mad”. As she started sobbing and heading down the road to hyperventilating, I took a deep breath and asked God to help me keep my cool. Again, I asked what the problem was and as she started to try and tell me, a strong smell caught my nose…the smell of nail polish. OH NO!!!!
So, I asked her again, what happened? She pointed to the family room. I have to be honest, I was ready to hyperventilate myself! Nail polish on carpet….my family room carpet!!! I took a deep breath and walked into the room to where the nail polish had spilled….bright pink and grey nail polish on a beige rug. 🙁
I maintained my cool and assessed the situation. She had tried to clean it up before I came home and it had made the situation a little worse…but I appreciate the fact that she tried to fix it. She felt bad and she knew she had made a bad decision when she tried to paint her nails in the family room. I told her to follow me to the computer as I googled “how to get nail polish off carpet”. Thank goodness for the internet! I was going to grab the nail polish remover but am so glad that I didn’t…it would have made the stain worse. Everywhere I turned, google said that Windex or any window cleaner would take the nail polish away. I figured I had nothing to lose…it couldn’t get any worse.
It took me about an hour of scrubbing the carpet with Windex but the nail polish was gone!!! I was ready to buy stock in Windex. 🙂 I was so relieved and my daughter was even more relieved than me. She stayed by me the whole time and helped me out with whatever I needed…she even made me tea! Such a sweetheart!
I am thankful that I was able to keep my cool and set a good example for my daughter. There have been so many times when I have blown it…but God is faithful even in those times and has enabled me to apologize and ask for forgiveness. Parenting is the hardest job ever but the greatest blessing!