Confessions of a Veteran Mom
…to sneaking chocolate chips out of the cupboard when my kids aren’t looking.
… to answering, “Nophing,” when they ask, “what are you eating?”
… that over the years my husband and I have occasionally asked eachother why we ever started having kids in the first place
… that there have been long stretches of time where I’ve only changed the sheets on my kids beds when someone wet the bed or threw up on them.
…that sometimes, I like talking about being a mom more than I actually like being the mom.
… to taking longer showers than necessary because the water drowns out the noise.
… that I have actually asked the question, “SNAKE? WHAT SNAKE??”
… that even though I love to grow vegetables, I sometimes only eat them out of a sense of duty.
…to reading books in 15 minute increments… often in the bathroom.
… to sometimes hiding in the bathroom and that when I hear one of my kids calling for me I quickly put the lid down and sit down so that I can yell, “I’m on the potty!”
… to dreaming about the days when my husband and I will have some time alone…
… to recently arguing with one of our teenagers that, no, I really don’t want them all to stay home for ever and am actually looking forward to the day when she and all the rest of her siblings are living somewhere else!
… that I can talk with another woman for two solid hours and not run out of things to say.
… that “Once-A-Month” cooking all in one day is a mean-spirited joke!
… that no matter how hard I’ve worked at making good-tasting, nutritious meals for my family, the babies would still rather eat the dog’s food.
… that there have been times when I thought, “If I hear that kid whine just one more time I’m going to send him into orbit!”
…that only other people’s children are playing three instruments, doing all their chores cheerfully, and never argue with their parents.
… that while motherhood is the hardest, most demanding job I’ve ever encountered, I can’t imagine living my life without these beautiful, wonderful, soul-stretching people that God has given us for – what turns out to be – such a short time. That though we may have struggled in the most excruciating ways, I wouldn’t trade being a mother for anything in this world.