Last night my mom came over to our new place and brought us a yummy pot roast. It was delicious! (Probably because I didn’t have to cook it). She was telling us as we were chowing down on the food how she had just felt this urge to cook that day. Once she started up the pot roast, she continued by making us a delicious key lime pie, and then she even baked a couple of batches of cookies. Yum. It is those every day activities that sometimes overwhelm me. I wish I could get to the place where I just felt the urge to bake something. Right now, I am having a hard enough time with my everyday chores of laundry, cleaning, picking up after everyone when they leave, unloading the dishwasher, reloading the dishwasher, throwing in more laundry, and then calling repair men on a daily basis. I barely even get to cooking by the time I drive and pickup everyone from school and afterschool activities. Mundane every day chores are just over-the-top right now for me. So the thought of my mom feeling the “urge” to get back to those day chores that probably used to annoy her, made me realize that one day I will dream of doing my job as a housewife. One day I will wish there were kids to fill my rooms. One day I will want the companionship of life in my house. I am hesitant to even say that I will long for the chores that come along with my kiddos. Full circle.
Before kids I can remember longing for the sound of little voices in my house. I loved having my nieces, nephews and little friends over. When they left, I cleaned up and went on with my boring, dull life wishing all the while that someday I would have little pitter-patter of feet throughout my home. I take that for granted now. Now, after having three kids, I am stuck in this rut of feeling overwhelmed, underappreciated and exhausted from cleaning, cooking and driving people all around town.
It all goes back to perseverance and strength. I need lots of it to get through my days. I also need to change my attitude about what is mundane. I know there are hardworking moms out there that spend all day at a job and then come home to do exactly what I have 9 hours in the day to do. I know there are moms out there that would give anything to spend the time doing my mundane chores just so they could leave a job that is overwhelming and exhausting. Sometimes I just need to remind myself how blessed I really am.
A change in attitude can really recharge your life. Finding time to thank God for even the overwhelming tasks of life can help us find gratitude instead of a bad attitude. When I start my “high and mighty” rants about how I do everything around this house, I have to remember that I love my life. I need to thank God for even the tasks that drive me crazy. After all, no matter what job we have – we all have things that we dread to do. We all have those mundane chores that we need that little extra push to get started. We all have days that are overwhelming and exhausting. It is true, life can be really stressful especially when we forget to be grateful for what we have.
Thank goodness for my mom yesterday. She really made me think about how I view my life as a housewife. She gave me an attitude of gratitude. I realized that someday, I will long for the boring, repetitive chores of my life. Someday I will wish I didn’t take my life as a housewife for granted. Someday I will pray for my kids to be back at my house on a daily (or maybe weekly) basis. I need to have an attitude of gratitude now so that I don’t miss the great moments that I get to share with my kids today.
Thank you God for my job. Thank you God for the chores of unloading the dishwasher, making beds, calling the plumber and feeding the dog. Thank you God for my life and my kids and my husband. Without your strength I would never make it through one day, thank you for giving that to me.