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Stay at home mom: my greatest adventure and greatest challenge

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For the record I love being a mom and especially a stay at home mom.  I fully realize how blessed I am to be with my kids 24/7.  I also realize many women don’t want to, or simply can’t, stay home with the kids.  I am not judging.  I don’t think I am a better mom because I’m a stay at home mom.  I’m grateful to have the option.  For me, I would choose second hand clothes over a power suit any day.  That’s how I’m built.  My heart aches when I am away from my kids.  Yes, the non-stop craziness sometimes makes me feel and look like a zombie.  The green-eyed monster does get me at times and I envy other women’s stylish haircuts and trendy clothes.  I dream of a house, with a second bathroom, that I would ban the boys from using.  For me to stay at home our family has to make sacrifices, and it’s not always easy.  Daily I pray for contentment and wrestle with my selfish desires.  Right now I’m reading a parenting devotional, written by Gary Thomas, entitled Devotions for Sacred Parenting.   It’s a short book with only one devotional a week.  The lessons are encouraging and help me keep my focus on the important things.  If you’re a parent, stay at home or not, I pray that God will encourage you and fill you with joy and, with His strength, allow you to meet each days challenges.

Have a great weekend!  Hope to talk to you soon…

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Martha Stewart vs. Peg Bundy

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I’m a creative genius.  Well some of the time and maybe genius isn’t the right word but I can be creative.  I summon my inner Martha and craft up a storm.  Then there are days when Peg comes to visit and I can make water burn.  Quiche is traded for catastrophe.  Those are usually the days I really need things to go as plan.  It’s the day before company is coming in town and staying at our house (brave souls).  The day I’m cooking for friends or we need to get out the door, on time, for an appointment.  Those are the days that my kids up their crazy level from tropical storms to hurricane.  Gail force tantrums pummel my sanity and break the levy of my patience.  Martha is nowhere to be found on these days.  There is no order and the house resembles a “before” picture from Real Simple magazine.  These are my Peg Bundy days and they happen more than I would like to admit.  What’s a girl to do?  When the kids are older I’m sure my house will be more Martha until then….I wonder how I’d look as a redhead  😉

P.S. If there ever was a Martha vs. Peg, my moneys on Martha.  Peg looks tough but Martha could probably create something out of scraps to defend herself with.  Just saying.  Hope you have a “Martha” day!