You know, a rainy week can really make some major mood swings appear with a pregnant mommy! I mentioned this has been an “off” week for us. Some other tidbits:
- This morning (about an hour ago), my mom surprised us by knocking at the door and offering to take Charlotte for the morning. I can’t express how much this gesture means to me! I know I have said it before, and I can’t say it enough: we are so blessed to have grandparents close by. After a rough day yesterday, I think a morning “off” is just what I needed (and Charlotte was MORE than happy to go with her…she couldn’t get out the door fast enough!). My mom is amazing. :)
- Speaking of moms…mother’s day is this weekend! I’m looking forward to a pedicure on Saturday, and family time all day Sunday. The biggest blessing of my life was becoming a mommy, and of course celebrating ALL moms is so important—not just on mother’s day! You never realize how much your own mother sacrificed for you until you become a mother yourself!
- It seems like everyone I know has been getting engaged recently. We have a glass bowl on our kitchen table that is filled with so many save the date’s and wedding invitations! It is definitely a fun season in our lives, and we are looking forward to celebrating many weddings this year!
- The tanning mom. Need I say more? If you haven’t heard about her, all you have to do is Google “tanning mom”. This woman apparently took her 5 year old daughter to a tanning bed, and is being charged with child endangerment after her daughter was burned in a tanning bed.
- Next week I start back to summer classes. I have made a decision to put my last practicum on hold, and to finish up my last 2 classes in my program instead. I really, really wanted to graduate this summer…but with the baby coming before the semester’s end, we decided it would be best if I put my focus on my classes. When I entered this graduate program (in 2009), I never thought it would be such a long road. I always wondered why mothers talked about how hard it was to go back to school with kids, or finish school, or balance it all. I now know first hand just how difficult this is. It would be so easy to give up, get a random job and never look back. But I am determined to finish…and God is telling me to take it easy and He will provide. The day I receive my degree will be a reason to celebrate!!!
The seasons of life are funny. Sometimes I think this “time” will last forever, and then I am reminded that as the years go by, new seasons come and go.
I realized last night as I was thinking about how overwhelmed I am right now--that I am in a season of life. Toddlerhood, pregnancy, a limbo period between finishing grad school and someday being a working mom. It all seems very uncertain and daunting. Andrew reminded me that one day I will look back and miss this. Children grow up, life changes, and soon there will be a whole new season to worry about.
I’m going to focus on trying to stay present. To cherish every moment as I make memories with my family. I think it’s a lesson we can all learn from :).