Motherhood sometimes feels like the job of a washing machine – wash, rinse, and repeat! I mean I wake up tired, work all day long, do the kids’ night routine, I go to bed, wake up a million times through the night and then the cycle starts again. Then, toss in a kiddo who gets sick or who is potty training and it exacerbates the whole cycle. Sometimes I think all this work, and what do I have to show for it – a messy house, laundry to fold, dishes to do, and bills to pay.
But then it takes a mental intervention to STOP and THINK – seriously I have to take a deep breath and remember God has blessed me with the ultimate, heart warming joy I have ever experienced through my children. It’s simply amazing how these little beings stir up the stress in our household but then create the smiles and laughter.
It’s far from easy and often times when we are having a streak of stressful days, it seems never ending. I have to frequently remind myself (and hubby) to take it day by day. We are growing together as a family and learning what makes each other tick (happy) and tock (explode). On a side note – the toddler in the house seems to have mastered the most direct route to create a household explosion!
This motherhood cycle is a journey. It helps to find one moment of joy each day to focus on the positives and put less emphasis on the negatives. I remind myself, I don’t want motherhood to be that load of laundry where the red sock got mixed in with the whites.