One of those days


Tough day.

I know we all have them.  Today mine consisted of another headache, (yes, they are still here), arguing with my health insurance to get an MRA covered – battling with doctors to see which one will finally give me the order for it to go through.  Canceling the MRA for the SECOND TIME since doctors could not work out who would give it the okay.

Making sure our family schedules worked out so that both boys and I could make it to our dentist appointments on time, while arranging a ride for Drew to get to his baseball game so that I could get to the (NOW CANCELED), MRA.

It really was just one of those days, so as I sat down to write today’s blog –  with every intention of being negative since that is how I am feeling,  I read this on Facebook and had to remind to myself to “remember the little things” and let this pass because it will eventually all work out.

I must give credit where credit is due, so although I found it on facebook, I did some research and found the site:

For those days. You know the ones.

Repeat after me:

1. I shall not judge my house, my kid’s summer activities or my crafting skills by Pinterest’s standards.

2. I shall not measure what I’ve accomplished today by the loads of unfolded laundry but by the assurance of deep love I’ve tickled into my kids.

3. I shall say yes to blanket forts and see past the chaos to the memories we’re building.

4. I shall surprise my kids with trips to get ice cream when they’re already in their pajamas.

5. I shall not compare myself to other mothers but find my identity in the God who trusted me with these kids in the first place.

6. I shall remember that a messy house at peace is better than an immaculate house tied up in knots.

7. I shall play music loudly and teach my kids the joy of wildly uncoordinated dance.

8. I shall remind myself that perfect is simply a street sign at the intersection of impossible and frustration in Never Never land.

9. I shall embrace the fact that in becoming a mom I traded perfect for a house full of real.

10. I shall promise to love this body that bore these three children out loud, especially in front of my daughter.

11. I shall give my other mother friends the gift of guilt-free friendship.

12. I shall do my best to admit to my people my unfine moments.

13. I shall say sorry when sorry is necessary.

14. I pray God I shall never be too proud, angry or stubborn to ask for my children’s forgiveness.

15. I shall make space in my grown-up world for goofball moments with my kids.

16. I shall love their father and make sure they know I love him.

17. I shall model kind words to kids and grown-ups alike.

18. I shall not be intimidated by the inside of my minivan this season of chip bags, goldfish crackers and discarded socks too shall pass.

19. I shall always make time to encourage new moms.

20. I shall not resent that last call for kisses and cups of water but remember instead that when I blink they’ll all be in college.

… with love from one tired mother to another

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6 thoughts on “One of those days

  1. Marcia July 8, 2013 at 6:53 pm Reply

    I guess I’m having a day too: I read that as a list of “shoulds” and more to do lists — I think she’s going for another type of perfect! 20 more things to do — yiikes!

  2. clairesinclair July 8, 2013 at 7:07 pm Reply

    Haha! At first I did the same – I am SO far from perfect. My kids would laugh at this list if they read my blog! I have as many temper tantrums as my kids do!!

  3. Dani Menture July 8, 2013 at 8:19 pm Reply

    Seems I need to kick my gratitude into a higher gear. Just what I needed today.

  4. cynthia July 8, 2013 at 9:37 pm Reply

    There must be something in the air today (besides the heat and the humidity.) I am usually, nearly always the most careful driver. I am the one the impatient drivers tailgate because I insist on doing the speed limit. And somehow today I got a speeding ticket! What bothered me the most was the “unfairness” of such a careful driver getting a ticket. I stewed about it all day. I can think of lots of reasons I was distracted and not paying attention to how fast I was going. But what I can’t let go of is what I always tell my students who get caught doing something wrong and try to explain it away! I was wrong. Period. I can learn from my mistakes, accept responsibility and move on! I feel better after writing, sorry about rambling! I wish I could do something for your headaches. If anyone deserves a pain free summer it’s you! Hugs, C

  5. clairesinclair July 8, 2013 at 9:56 pm Reply

    Ugh Cynthia! Sorry! I do the same thing regarding students. We do all learn from mistakes but you are correct about writing and feeling better. It is like venting!!

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