Friday, May 25, 2012


After yesterdays little venting post, I felt like I received a gentle reminder when I hopped over to Lisa Jo's Blog and saw the topic for today. Funny how life works like that sometimes.

Today's Topic: Opportunity

Yesterday I was feeling overwhelmed, stressed, frustrated, under-appreciated and not worthy. I feel like society puts a lot of importance on Mother's who work outside of the home and undervalues those who don't. I admit, I'm a little stuck in that mind frame as well even though I've been staying at home with my three year old for a year now.

I feel like I am constantly fielding questions about what I do all day and how could I be tired when I don't have to go to work everyday. So, I try not to complain or vent when I am around working moms. However, I do envy them a little bit. They are able to leave the house and go somewhere for a set number of hours for the day without their child. They get to escape the chaos of the house. I feel like I am constantly submerged in it. The chaos is always staring me down.

I can tell you this and I think rather fairly since I have also been a working mom, I am more exhausted and feel like I do so much more in a day then I ever did working a 12 hour shift in the NICU.

I was venting yesterday. I was wanting a job outside of the house . . .

And then, today, I saw one single word - opportunity - and I felt revived.

Isn't that what life is full of but we are so busy to take notice sometimes?

I have this amazing opportunity to stay-at-home with my daughter during these primitive years. I get that privilege. I know some women don't have the choice and they would love nothing more than to stay at home. I will try not to complain anymore.

I have this amazing opportunity to be the one to instill values and integrity in my daughter. I know what she has learned and experienced. I get to be the one to teach her and show her the world.

And I get to witness her being in awe of it all.

I think that's pretty amazing.

I think all I needed was a new set of glasses to reset my vision.

I have the opportunity to stay at home with my child and while that brings a sometimes overwhelming responsibility, it is always a once and a life-time experience.

I won't get these moments back. They are all too fleeting . . .



  1. What an opportunity you have to be with your daughter!! I used to work and now for the past 25+ years have stayed home with my children and although many times it has been hard, it has been worth it all the way. It will be for you too and you will be blessed!! This was a good post and I hope it will encourage all the ladies who read it to stay home with their children.

    I hopped over from the five minute friday. I am the one after you :-)

  2. In some ways I think your post this week fits also with last week's word: Perspective. I think what you have shared is pretty amazing and this sentence really jumped out at me: "I think all I needed was a new set of glasses to reset my vision." After the week I have had, I also feel like I new set of glasses ... Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Popped over from Judith's blog. Read your comment re: losing your beautiful twin girls. I love what you wrote about holding them in your heart until you are reunited - really beautiful and true. It is such a blessing that you have this hope in Christ and although you have experienced such sadness, what a joy one day to be reunited. I would like to share a poem I wrote a few years ago as I think about you and your beautiful babies...

    You're safe in Jesus care
    in heaven above;
    All wrapped up gently
    in His sweet love;
    Loved ones all miss you
    and shed their tears
    But we'll never forget you
    down through the years;
    "And if a thousand years
    are as one day" -
    Then you're really
    just a breath away!
    So keep on smiling
    the day will come
    When all together
    we'll be as one.

    What a precious opportunity you have to spend quality time with your beautiful little girl and share the love of God with her on a daily, moment to moment basis. There is no higher or greater calling for a mother.



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