It has been waaaay too long since I last posted. Let me be frank and say that I have been in a bit of a slump. Since my purpose in making this blog was to be real about being a mom, I need to say it has been a struggle these last six or so months. I tend to struggle through the toddler years and Little Goose is in them full force. The screaming and hitting between him and Bubblegum who is just coming out of the Terrible Threes (oh new moms, I know we say terrible two but hang on to your hats!), was overwhelming me beyond comprehension...then we found out I was pregnant!
Now, I can't say I was too surprised because, as I learned with my other pregnancies, you can't be surprised when you aren't taking major preventative measures. I find people who are writing a book on a particular subject tend to go through whatever they are writing about. Well, a few years back I used to teach abstinence based sex education where I repeatedly pounded into kids' heads that SEX MAKES BABIES and that sometimes there is just nothing that can get in the way of that fact. I guess I am living out what I preach. Needless to say, we are excited for our fourth boy to join our family at the end of October.
Anyway, my hormones have been crazy and I am very busy with these kids and it has left me...empty; not really feeling like I have much to give. My confidence had been weakened by the constant battles with my boys. I thought, "Who...am I...to give advice or encouragement to moms?" I just needed some growing time, time to be ministered to by The Lord and time to rest. Just in the last few days have I felt like I had something to write about. I am going to start out small here. Hopefully this is the start of some good stuff.
One thing I wanted to chat about was...
feelings of inadequacy in regards to housework in comparison to our moms
First off, I am just not my mom. She loves housework. She actually does it with a smile on her face and a glide in her step. She says I came out more like her sister...messy and creative. So in that, I just have to realize that 1. Sometimes there is a personality difference there.
A huge thing I realized though, while scrubbing the third toilet in our house is
2. Most of our moms did not have to clean houses as big as ours!
We lived in a mobile home with one bathroom until I was 12. That's one toilet, one main living room and one floor!
Our generation and our ridiculous need for a bathroom for each family member, a room for sitting, a room for a t.v. and a room for playing plus double sinks, hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances has created this craziness! No wonder my mother-in-law could get her housework done first thing in ONE morning! There wasn't as much to clean! No wonder they could clean windows, curtains and baseboards...they were't swamped with too much clothing to wash and 5 sinks to scrub. Get a smaller house or give yourself a bit of a break. You can't be your mom...she lived in another time...a simpler time.
That's all I have today. It's good to be back. I missed you.
Stay tuned for an inside look on another professional mom, my good friend and photographer, Karina Hiller of Oohlala Photography.