Although being a mom, ESPECIALLY after dealing with infertility is amazing, we all still have those days that can be trying. Having a one year old I feel like I am on the go all day long. The other day after Deklan decided to eat the moss in my plants for the millionth time, I got frustrated, put him down for is nap to get some me time. About an hour later Jonny says BRITT I thought I asked you to clean up the moss DAYS ago. I love this man but almost flipped a lid. I said I DID- he did this AGAIN, and has done this SEVERAL times since you last saw this. Jonny, being a man and all and clearly having NO clue what it's like taking care of a one year old on a constant basis said, Britt you gotta just watch him closer than. Again....love this man, but wanted to break down in that very moment. I couldn't do it all. That was apparant. Don't get me wrong ladies, my husband is a GREAT father...and a great husband at that...but in this instance....he was wrong. I had to take a chill pill before responding to him, but seriously had to explain to him that I am doing the best I can...and to be VERY careful with his words. haha! Here is Deklan eating the moss...guess I should move my plants off the ground....ugh. Found this on facebook and loved it. Thought I would share. For the days we are running on empty. For the days we just don't think we have it in us to read one more story, play one more game of Uno, wash one more round of sheets. For the days when we think everyone else has it together. For the days we're sure anyone else would do this job better.
For those days. You know the ones.
Repeat after me:
1. I shall not judge my house, my kid's summer activities or my crafting skills by Pinterest's standards.
2. I shall not measure what I've accomplished today by the loads of unfolded laundry but by the assurance of deep love I've tickled into my kids.
3. I shall say yes to blanket forts and see past the chaos to the memories we're building.
4. I shall surprise my kids with trips to get ice cream when they're already in their pajamas.
5. I shall not compare myself to other mothers but find my identity in the God who trusted me with these kids in the first place.
6. I shall remember that a messy house at peace is better than an immaculate house tied up in knots.
7. I shall play music loudly and teach my kids the joy of wildly uncoordinated dance.
8. I shall remind myself that perfect is simply a street sign at the intersection of impossible and frustration in Never Never land.
9. I shall embrace the fact that in becoming a mom I traded perfect for a house full of real.
10. I shall promise to love this body that bore these three children out loud, especially in front of my daughter.
11. I shall give my other mother friends the gift of guilt-free friendship.
12. I shall do my best to admit to my people my unfine moments.
13. I shall say sorry when sorry is necessary.
14. I pray God I shall never be too proud, angry or stubborn to ask for my children's forgiveness.
15. I shall make space in my grown-up world for goofball moments with my kids.
16. I shall love their father and make sure they know I love him.
17. I shall model kind words to kids and grown-ups alike.
18. I shall not be intimidated by the inside of my minivan this season of chip bags, goldfish crackers and discarded socks too shall pass.
19. I shall always make time to encourage new moms.
20. I shall not resent that last call for kisses and cups of water but remember instead that when I blink they'll all be in college.
... with love from one tired mother to another.
Editor's note: This piece was found by Becky Lisle, written by Lisa-Jo Baker and originally appeared on her blog, but I LOVE it and needed it and thought you might to. And just cause here are a few pics of what we have been up to...a. DAILY swim lessons for this boy to get ISR certified. Sitting in his new big boy car seat! He got his ONE YEAR stats today and is in the 15th percentile now for weight and height...much better than 3 % like last time :) 18 and a half pounds!! Enjoying his birthday presents... Into everything at church And yes....my husband is a little clueless at times but he's a great dad :) And you can see all his birthday details on my personal blog- but he was spoiled rotten for sure :) I wouldn't trade a moment of this crazy "moss- eating" life for anything :)