A recent comment sparked the idea for this blog post. Each of us is in a different phase of life. Some are single. Some are newly weds. Others are brand new moms, while some are seasoned parents. Over the passing years we each go through phases. Children go through them too. I've heard many people say, "Oh, it's just a phase. It'll pass." And for some phases, it's a good thing they don't last! Haha!
There were moments when I felt like I could take on the world. I had so much energy and drive to get things done. It was fantastic!
With more children comes more responsibility; more laundry, more dishes, more chores, more doctor's appointments, more phone calls, and on and on and on. When I had just 4 children I had life by the reins. My house was always clean and organized. I had time to clean and de-clutter as well as spend time with my good friends. We had plenty of play dates. It was great!
I have a friend who once made a comment that still makes me chuckle. She thought that I cleaned the house especially for her. When she'd come over it was clean. All the time. And then she popped in a couple of times unannounced and realized that my house was still clean. It was just something I did. Every day. Oh how I miss those days!!! I miss the time to clean and organize.
When baby #5 came along my desire to keep my house perfectly clean started to fade some. Plus, I simply could not keep up with everything.
Fast forward to now. #5 is seven years old now. #6 is four years old. And I have even less time. Not only that, but with all the moving and having to live with family while we get ourselves back on our feet, we have much less space for all our things.
I thought maybe things would get easier over the years but they really haven't. As the kids get older they get more involved with other activities and are more active in general. There is more to clean. More to cook. More phone calls to make. Teenagers to keep track of. And still a toddler who loves to dump all the toys out all over the floor and walk away.
We are finding ways to organize in the spaces we have. We are finding a schedule. And we are starting to find free time once in a while. We are finding joy in the small things.
My youngest has many food allergies and sensitivities to dyes in foods, hand lotions, clothing, soaps, play dough, and more. There are times when I need something for her that is simply cheaper to make by myself. The hair serum that I posted was not just for me, but also for her. While I enjoy and prefer using things that are all natural, her little body requires it. It's kind of a bonus for me. I guess you could say it's a blessing in disguise.
So, what ever phase you're in, embrace it. Enjoy it. Stop and smell the roses once in a while. Appreciate the new skills you may be gaining out of necessity. They are little blessings. And remember not to compare yourself to anyone else. I have caught myself comparing what I could do to other moms, in the past, and have realized how destructive that can be. Allow yourself to see just how amazing you are.
Some moms have brand new babies who need them all the time. Embrace it. Enjoy the time to sit and hold the sweet baby.
Others have a perfectly clean home. Enjoy every clean surface. Stop and sit and feel the peace that can come from order.
Some of us have toddlers who are needy. Embrace it. Hold them. Play with them. Laugh with them. Because you never know how long this phase will last.
This is what I'm going to do: embrace this phase and make it an amazing phase of my life.