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Life as a mom

Life as a mom can be very rewarding and yet at times it can be difficult. It can be a struggle to find meaning in the 5th load of laundry for the day, the umpteenth meal you have prepared without any recognition, or the piles of things to do on your to do list. It is often very hard to carve out a moment for yourself to re-create, rebuild your reserves to take on the next days adventures and still find the balance in meeting the demands of your family and the many other people that seem to need your time and your service. The community requests of things someone would like me to do that sounds like this; "well because you don't work, we thought you could do....." (since my 2 part time jobs, online schooling 4 kids and volunteer work aren't really work).

And then, in those moments when I feel completely exhausted and have no energy left to do anything, hope and light come streaming in. Recently it has come in the gift from a very special friend who gave me a pair of earrings, a heartfelt thank you from others who were truly grateful for some pool time teaching and some precious drawings.

The online school the kids are doing is very demanding. Many days it feels like I cannot physically (or emotionally) complete all that is required as their learning coach. As the end of the semester fast approaches, we are in crunch time. Things are tense. The kids are under pressure to get a lot accomplished and I am trying to navigate through the rough waters so we can get through with the least amount of damage. As we try to stay our course, the demands just keep coming. Lately, a special little girl has been leaving reminders that I am loved despite all the pressures and feeling the opposite.


This was in the 10 pages of a third grade math test and I couldn't help but smile. A-girl is forever doodling, drawing in the margins and being easily distracted. This time however, there were two beautiful drawings. This one and one that had a picture of her, her Dad and her dog.

This afternoon, as my patience was running thin and I was trying to redirect a very off task boy (he was to listen and complete science lessons but was making words out of broken pretzel pieces instead), he discovered a drawing on the kids' computer that had been created by A-girl. She wasn't home and AJ quickly commented that it was likely a surprise. I couldn't help but smile as I read the title "Hearts for Mom" and saw the beautiful colors.



These are the moments that make all else possible.

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