Life has been pretty crazy these days. Homeschooling, cleaning, and feeding my 5 kids (not to mention taking care of my husband and I's needs) has been all consuming. Add on top of that all the other aspects of life that pop up and you can stick a fork in me and call me done!
All day long I look forward to when all the kids are asleep and my husband and I can have some time to ourselves in peace and quiet, but in reality even that rarely happens.
I often get frustrated that all I do is referee fights, clean up messes, feed bottomless pits, fight for sleep, do loads of laundry and try to teach distracted students all the while keeping the baby from breaking his neck and destroying everything in our home as he has a tendency to be found on top of tables throwing whatever is on them on the floor. Phew! Can you say run on sentence?!
I pry myself from the constant neediness of my home when my husband can take over and literally run out of the house just so I can have some time to myself to think, exercise and pray!
I often find myself saying, "When the kids get older I will do this and this and that." All the things that I am not able to do now. But even in the midst of the sleepless nights, the never ending hunger, the continual messes and the constant crying and whining(there is always someone crying, myself included) my husband and I remind each other over and over again that we will look back on these days and miss them...yes miss them.
I don't think we'll miss the sleepless nights and cleaning up puke but nonetheless we will miss these precious crazy days where we were stretched beyond our abilities, wanted non stop, deprived of sleep and quiet...and filled with overflowing love, laughter and joy!
So even though someday I might be able to take those music and art lessons, exercise 5x a week, sleep deeply, read my Bible in peace, think in quiet, be able to simply go the bathroom without having someone screaming at me or trying to come in, have all the time I want alone with my husband, travel, hang out with friends,blog whenever I want, eat without someone climbing on top of me and eating all my food; I know my husband and I will reminisce and wish we were back in "these good old days."
Because even though I look forward to watching my children grow and change in the new seasons to come; I am going to miss these days of sweet snuggles, chunky rolls, dance parties, super dogs, nature walks, fighting over who gets the last of the cookie dough, fort building, double strollers, sensitive feelings, lizards, playing dress up, races, mischievous looks, piggy back rides, dangerous silences, innocence, tree climbing, tears falling because of something totally ridiculous and mending of broken hearts with a treat or a kiss.
Sometimes a quote from "The Office" is very appropriate;)
"I wish there was a way to know you were in the good old days before you've actually left them"- Andy Bernard ( The Office)
Me too Andy...me too.
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