Monday, April 04, 2011

Nope, no super mom's here

The other day I was talking to my friend Natalie and I was lamenting some of my parenting struggles with her. She's not a parent, but she's always a good voice of reason and a great sounding board. While I was whining and complaining, she said, "I'm surprised, Danielle. By reading your blog, I would think you are super mom." I could have almost laughed out loud. Nope. No super mom's here. Most day's I struggle to balance my "To Do List" with the really important items like spending time with my family and having even the smallest of Devotional Times with the Lord. Not to mention, some days I just fall into bed exhausted and disappointed with myself and my very poor parenting job. If I haven't mentioned it before, we have a strong willed child. Who came by it honestly: she has a strong willed mom. So we spend many a days going head to head. I usually win, but sometimes it's at a great cost, and I'm certain it takes years off of my life!!

I think I have said this before, but I would trade all of my "craftiness" for a couple of ounces more of patience. But we get what we get and coming by the rest seems to take some time! So don't be decieved by my blog. It's not my online "journal." I certainly don't share the nitty gritty here. It's only a "highlights" type of thing. We keep the low lights to ourselves and those closest to us. Besides, one day my kids will be able to go back and read this journey of thier childhood, and I don't neccessarily want them to remember the time she and momomy threw down over her refusal to eat dinner/go to bed/put away her toys/fill in the blank.

But overall, most days I have nothin' to complain about, only things to be thankful for!


drowninginblessing said...

Ah Danielle, I think parenting is the ultimate test of delayed gratification. We have to wait at least ten years to see the fruit of all that labor. But I know it will be sweet. You're raising two little history makers in your house. I know they'll thank you for the prayers and love one day as much as the beautiful bentos.

Oma said...

Danielle, the kids will only remember the highlights and will be so proud of you and the childhood that you and Conrad have given them. We have a wonderful family - and yeah, life is not perfect but the memories make it seem so much better - especially if you have pictures to back it up. At least in a mother's eyes - and after all, that's all that counts!! haha! At least that's my story and I'm sticking to it!!!

Tara said...

It is just a hard job...this parenting thing....Wait til they are 8 going on 18 and add a whole bunch of other junk and it is exhausting!! I give you credit for going the extra creative mile! My kids will have none of that! :)