Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday is observed today and it happens to be my son’s birthday as well. He was born on this Holiday 11 years ago.
This has been a challenging week with the kids! They have all frustrated me to the point where I’ve thought about running away. Then I quickly tell myself “hey, I’m not gonna let them chase me out of my own house”. Who’s house is it anyways? Kids are the most wonderful blessings that can drive you absolutely bonkers…..
We’ve been trying to get back on the school schedule routine again. The mornings are not fun, I can’t even think of a REAL word to call it. Trying to wake them up is like trying to get a stone to get up and throw itself across the lake. Somehow, through the grace of God just at the last minute they drag themselves out of bed and make it where they have to be. By 9 am I’m in desperate need of a hole to climb into, and stay in, until they all move out.
I’m also having the crazy challenge with all the different sports in full swing now. Talk about controlled chaos at it’s finest! These are big financial obligations, especially as the kids get older, nothing is getting cheaper. Then, we have the obstacle of everyone being in a different location. Each of them all have to start at the same time and be picked up at the same time (dark, hmmm that’s specific). I’m blessed to have my husband’s help but it’s still very taxing on both of us and someone is always left waiting. 🙁
Would I change anything? I would love to make everything at the park across from my house :). I would love to walk into the kids rooms with a Mary Poppins voice and say “good morning my sweet cherubs, it’s time to get up for school“. To then, have each of them smile and say “good morning mommy“, kiss me on the cheek and go straight to brushing their teeth. No constant reminders, no talking back. Oh man, could you imagine…..? My mornings would be glorious. That’s not gonna happen in my house. I think the kids would get scared if I sounded like that :). I might even get a little alarmed….
At the end of the day, week, month, year and at the end of my life….. I don’t want to change my children, my family or my life. We have had many hardships in our lives (you can read more on my about page), but the blessings outweigh the bad by far. The key is to stay focused on the amazing things that have come into my life and into my children’s life. My husband and I are not the perfect parents. We don’t have unlimited finances to fund everything the kids want to do. Nor do we have the ability to be in a million different places at once and always be there for each and every one of their spectacular moments. Being in a large family has it’s challenges, in the long run I see the enormous benefits and joy of this crazy chaotic life we live.
“Life, Love and Laughter…..What Priceless Gifts to Give Your Children” ~~~ Phyllis Dryden
How do you handle trying to juggle many things at once? Please share your morning wake up stories and tips with me!