Mama's, Please tell me I am not alone here. Do you ever just have those days/weeks where you CANNOT get it together? I am definitely having one of those weeks!
Sometimes I have this whole Mama thing down. Like, really down. I look around and my house is clean and pretty. My kids are behaving and doing well. The big tall hubby is happy. We have healthy, homemade meals every day. I actually make it into real clothes with my hair all done up and everything! Those are the days I think "kids, schmids!" I could have 3 more easily. I mean, why do people think this is so hard?! HA! And then God brings me back down a few notches and I have a week or two of COMPLETE FAILURE!
Y'all, my kids haven't had baths in 3 days, I have a load of laundry in the washer that could possibly be growing mold and I wouldn't even know it! Despite me running it 3 times, I have failed to actually pull it out on time once and put it in the dryer. My bedroom looks like a bomb went off in it. My bathrooms are certainly at HAZMAT level. I haven't followed my meal plan in days. I am gross, covered in saw dust, sweaty, and eating a bowl of dry Honeycombs for dinner at 11:15 at night. For real. Definitely not winning any Mommy awards around here this week.
Now before you guys go calling CPS on me, let me explain. My kids have been in VBS this week at a nearby church. It has been wonderful and they have been blessed. It has also kept them up until 10 pm or later every night. VBS runs in the evening and they don't get home until almost 9:30. Tired kids are cranky kids. Cranky kids make for cranky Mama's. So we have been off of our schedule this week; big time. In the mix of all that, we have also had things like birthdays, playdates, doctor appointments, errands, projects, and trying to help serve others in need. It has been a good week and even a productive week. Just not at my home. I am behind.
Mama's are tough aren't we? We have a lot on our plates whether we have 1 kid or 10 kids. We wear A LOT of hats. We try to be everything to everybody all the time. We are taxis, cheerleaders, chefs, dishwashers, interior designers, house keepers, managers, employees, doctors, psychiatrists, and care givers to all the ones we love. It can be hard! Did you hear me Mama? It can be HARD! But it can also be wonderful. So very wonderful.
I get down on myself when I am having these rough days. I wonder why I can't keep up all of a sudden? How did everything get so bad so quick? I start to think crazy things like "Maybe this is it. Maybe this is when I become one of those women who can't get it together to save their life". But, none of that is true, The truth is I am human and so are you. We are just doing the best we can with what we have to work with each day. Some days we are just tired and worn out. Some days we might just not care at all. This week I might not have been the best chef or housekeeper, but I was a good Mama and a good wife. I spent time making memories with my kids and my hubby. My little boy turned 5 and said he had "the best day of his whole life!". I got to work on some things that were important to me, and I got to help someone I love with a project that was important to them.
So I am going to give myself some grace this week. I am going to celebrate my successes and let go of my short comings. I will get up tomorrow and I will try my best again. I will keep doing that every day as long as God allows me to breathe because Mommin' Aint Easy, but it sure is worth it!
Philippians 4:11b "For I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."
Kym is a homeschooling Mama, who has a passion for frugal living, enjoys meal planning on a budget, organization, event planning and home decor. She lives on a small homestead in southeast Michigan with her husband Mike and their 7 children.