Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Mama's Can NOT Get Sick!

I've been sick for too long. My house was clean two days ago. Really Clean. I forced myself to get it done even though I was sick. But that has to be an Every Day task. Now I feel like life is kindof melting around me. Leif is working hard to pay the bills. I'm trying to keep the family alive and well, and we're just doing the best we can. But. . .

What was/is your life like when you had two young children at home?
That is the question that I am hoping to get your thoughts on. Last night I went to bed feeling down and frustrated about our situation and I am hoping to be reminded that things really aren't as hard as they feel right now.

If you get this in an email form, I'd love for you to visit our blog and make your comments there!

What year was it?
What was/is your living situation?
What was/is your employment situation?
What was/is your family health like?
Anything else you think might be applicable?

I'll draw you a short picture of our story right now. This is NOT a pity party! Honestly, I am grateful for what we have! Things just aren't easy and I'm sure we'll look back on these days and the lessons we're learning and smile. Writing it all down just helps me think things through.

Right now all the lights are off except for one, and the curtains are closed to save energy and keep out the heat and the cool air in. But I'll turn the lights on and really embarrass myself by snapping and sharing some photos of our reality...

There is a 3 bedroom 1 bathroom house that is sitting vacant across the street. I am trying to convince Leif (and myself) that we should talk the owners into renting it to us and that we will be able to afford it if they will.


Nicole said...

Right now I feel the exact same way. I always assume that every one else is a. a better housekeeper b. a better parent and c. better at teaching their children gospel principles, family prayer etc. I have to keep reminding myself that there isn't enough time in the day to do all the errands, play iwth your kids enough to feel like you aren't ignoring them, clean the house, make the dinner, and prepare lessons/fun things, on top of having special time with your husband. The house gets out of control alot and luckily Aisea has realized that with two kids it's just harder, especially when one is breastfeeding. You're not alone, in fact as long as your family is happy you're doing a wonderful job.

Janee said...

Amen - you are NOT alone girl! You guys are doing great! This to shall pass :)

I don't know what it's like having 2 kids (my 1 hurricane is enough for me) but I do know a lot about constantly being overwhelmed with life. Don't worry, things will get better! I love ya girl - call me anytime - I miss you!

Molly said...

Things are hard with infants. They are demanding and needy. Right now Caleb can't even sit up on his own. All these things make it really hard. There isn't much that can be done other than let time do its job. Caleb will get older, be able to entertain himself more and you will finally be free again to do a bit of work or personal hobbies.

I know it is cliche, but it is true, "This too will pass", it is just waiting for it to pass that is the hard part. For now, do what you can and don't get too hung up on what you can't do, it will only make the wait harder.

I'm in the same boat. I wish we could help each other more. I don't mind cleaning. I like it. I like seeing the work get done and it feels so good when it is all done, but with all the small people underfoot and the baby crying to be held, I don't get to clean like I would like. Someday... someday...

Heidi Hamilton said...

It was good to see your pictures and know that I'm not the only wife who's house is not constantly spotless. Many days I feel like I'm almost drowning with all the things that need to be done - bills, laundry (my most hated chore), errands, cleaning, dinner, and (of course) kids. I read somewhere that the average stay-at-home mom would earn over $130k/year for all the jobs she does if she got paid for them. We are truly under-appreciated and under-paid, but grateful, too for our little ones and the fact that we don't have to work outside the home AND have all the other tasks to do.
At the end of the day, I have to ask myself if I died tomorrow, would my Savior be more interested in the fact that my house was clean, my laundry folded, my errands done - or that I was a good mother, a good wife, and a good neighbor?.

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