As my oldest child turns fifteen (wow, fifteen! Really? Fifteen?), I stand in awe at my family. Each of my children is so uniquely special and loved. They each have their own personalities, strengths, needs and wants. From my fifteen-year-old who thinks she is ready to get her learner's permit, to my eleven-year-old who is growing into a young man much too soon for me, to the twins who are so much alike and yet so different, to the newest addition who is growing like a weed! They each need me and their dad in such different ways. They each show their love for us in different ways.
I can't imagine a Mother's Day without a single one of them. And yet, I found myself yesterday thinking of people I know who no longer have a "mother" in their lives and it saddened me deeply. I missed my mother-in-law terribly yesterday. But I was strangely comforted in the fact that I still have my mother and my grandmother to call and wish a Happy Mother's Day to. I don't want to think of the days when I will not have anyone to call on Mother's Day.
I'm no Super Mom, but the single comment I hear most often is, "Christina, I don't know how you do it!" Honestly, I don't know how I do it either! I never, ever pictured myself as the mother of five children. I never pictured myself as a stay-at-home mom. I really never pictured myself with three children under the age of five!
I really don't "do it." Not the right way, anyway. We do super cleaning when people are coming over and we live in toys and clutter when they're not. We never feel comfortable with someone just "stopping by" because we actually do live here - 24 hours a day! We have friends of the kids who come over a few times a week to hang out and we don't even notice. Every day, around 3:00 pm (and again at 4:00 pm, then again at 5:00 pm), I hear, "Mom, what's for dinner?" Then, I start thinking what I might have in the freezer that won't require too much defrosting. The dishes pile up in the sink because the dishwasher is full and hasn't been unloaded yet. My beautiful master bathroom with the dual sinks, water closet, and deep, oval garden tub and separate (too-small) shower is "decorated" in hooded towels, step stools and squirty tub toys.
I really am not a "stay-at-home" mom because I am always on the go. My children have learned to behave when we are out because we are always out. Except on those wonderful days when we wear our pajamas all day. There are days when I wake up and all I want to do is stay in bed or at least stay in my pajamas all day, but I can't. I have to get up and go to one appointment or another, pick up one child or another and shuttle them to one place or another. Then, there are days where I can't wait to get out of this house and I can't seem to get anyone else out of their pajamas!
But then. Every once in a while. There are those perfect days (or at least a few hours!). Where we have cooperation. We work together. We get out and about and things aren't completely crazy. We haven't forgotten something necessary at home. There isn't too much stuff in the car. Errands get accomplished.
Oh, wait!! That was that recurring dream I keep having! HA!
Seriously, I wouldn't trade it for the world!
Thank You, Lord for such a wonderful family that needs me. Thank You for a home that is a strong shelter for our family. Thank You for a loving husband with a good job and for continuing opportunities. Thank You for blessing me beyond what I could have ever asked for. But mostly, Thank You for loving me so much and for teaching me to love with Your unconditional love!
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