“Muffin Points”


Yesterday Ian, 8 kept asking me how he could earn “muffin points”.  I looked at him curiously and asked him to clarify.  He went on to say that Dad told him about them.  Then I asked what he would receive if he had “muffin points”.  He said he would like to earn enough points to trade them in for a new to him Xbox game.  I said I would talk to Dad to figure things out before I started handing out points.  The day continued with its very hectic pace with church, leaving my cell at church (doh) and 2 community ice cream socials (Scouts from 1:30-3:30 and MOPS 3:15 to 6pm).

I honestly didn’t think again about “muffin points”.  But my diligent son did.  He would volunteer to put something extra away or he would do a task super fast and then tell me that he was sure he earned a “muffin point”.  I just deflected the comments and said that he should do what he has done to just be a helpful Wooldridge team member.  He then begged  me to talk to Dad.

That didn’t happen until Amon was putting Ian to bed.  I came in for a quick good night kiss and hug.  I hit Amon up for the definition of “muffin points”, because Ian had mentioned this deal they had worked out.  Amon looked at me like I was crazy and then started laughing so hard that I was afraid he would wake up Rhett!  He finally let us in on what was so funny… it was not “muffin points” it was BROWNIE POINTS.  Ian blushed a little bit and wanted to know when those could kick in as well.

Taking this story to our grown up lives… I started reflecting on times when someone was adamant about something and could help me see how or why it was that way.  I know I have been that adamant person before.  I remember a time in junior high that my girlfriends were going to wring my neck because I said an event was 3 hours long when it was 4.  Doesn’t sound like a riveting story except I was adamant.  I kept saying, “7 to 8, 8 to 9, 10 to 11”.  I was smarter than this I promise but one finally had the idea to have me say it out loud with my fingers. (nothing like going old school :))  Then it hit me.  DUH!  Sometimes slowing down and gaining understanding is a defining point not just once in a while but everyday.  (I was soooo adamant that this conversation turned heated debate lasted over 20 minutes)

I try to ask more questions if I don’t understand something or need more information so I can make a decision.  Sometimes that means asking even though you thought you understood.

Have you ever had a time when you were adamant and wrong?  Good times!  We all have and being a grace filled person can help you laugh it off and apologize!  (key in most situations)

So do something extra today to earn your “muffin points”!

PS Thank you to Connie Smith Decker, Jo Ann George Harper, Jennifer Smith Utz, Barbara Stocklas Elder and Sharon Reavey Groom for putting up with me all those years of Junior High and High School.  I am sure they have more stories to share on me.  Thank you for always putting up with me.

About Kristin

I started this blog thing years ago in August 2011. I have made attempts to blog over the past three years of seminary, but it was like writing when drowning. But I have completed the bulk of my course work, so I know there is a God. I am currently in my capstone creation phase this fall. This allows me time to unravel a little and renew my passion for writing my ramblings. If you like what you read, share what it stirs in you or even share it with others. I write for you from me. A little about me... I have celebrated 16 years of wedded bliss and reality with my best friend for over 17 years. We have 3 wonderful kids that are all unique, amazing and different in their own way. Our first born is nearly a teenager. He loves talking, Scouts, reading, camping and science experiments. Our daughter is a decade old. She is our creative soul and a planner! She loves to spend time dancing, singing and nurturing/teaching her babydolls and us. She is very sweet to her brothers. Last but not least is our daring 6 year old red head boy. He broke the "Wooldridge Mold". He is the fastest runner, our busiest explorer, our deep philosopher and biggest joker, oh and he gives the best hugs. You know the long lingering kind that truly fuel your soul to sing. I have been a stay at home mom for nearly 13 years and I have found a groove that works for our family. (That grove doesn't mean I have it figured out. It just means I am good with asking for help and having my family help us survive.) Twelve years ago, I joined a local MOPS group and I have been the Coordinator for 1o years. This group has given me a chance to lead without working full time, support other women in my community and help refine my walk with God. I also attend Central Baptist Theological Seminary. I am pursuing a Masters of Divinity and loving every minute of it. I am currently working on my capstone project, which a ministry guide for the MOPS group I have lead for a decade. It will serve as a touchpoint for those in leadership and also as a sweet offering as my goodbye to meaningful work that touched every part of my life and taught me that I am called to pastor. My life isn't perfect as the paragraph above makes it seem. But I have traveled through those harder times and found strength and support through them. Hoping to use this blog as a spot to write my thoughts, feelings and stories as I keep on living life! God Bless you and keep you. We each need to remember the Divine is within each of us. Be kind to yourself and to others.

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