Sometimes (often) I am overwhelmed at all that I need to do (should do...feel like I should do...want to do). I want a clean house...but let's face it the odds are against me! 6 vs. 1 plus I homeschool....so I don't get several hours during the day where I don't have little people making messes or the time to clean them up!
It can be frustrating never being able to finish what I'm doing before someone else is having a catastrophe that needs my attention.
I have been near tears all day long (doesn't help that it's my birthday...so I expect my children to be nice to me! and I'm disappointed when they are not!)
I am truly grateful for my many blessing, I recognize that I have been incredibly blessed in so many ways...I just need to buck up and remember that I'm imperfect and I'm raising 6 incredibly beautiful and spirited children (who are also imperfect)
"What can . . . young mother[s] [do] . . . to reduce the pressure [of raising young children] and enjoy [their families] more? . . .
"Recognize that the joy of motherhood comes in moments. There will be hard times and frustrating times. But amid the challenges, there are shining moments of joy and satisfaction.
"Author Anna Quindlen reminds us not to rush past the fleeting moments. She said: 'The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. . . . I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less' (Loud and Clear , 10-11)."