Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Exhaustion Mingled With Teaching Moments

I don't get it.  I have two kids and I feel like I don't have time for anything.  I have been focusing on being a "mother who knows" lately and find it rather overwhelming.  Fun, but overwhelming.  But being that kind of a mother, I just don't seem to have the kind of time I used to have.  I don't have the time to sit down for a breather and blog a bit.

Or it could be the second... wait, no, third attempt at potty training.  That seems to suck up a lot of time and energy.  All I know is I am exhausted by the end of the day, and I see I haven't had any time to do things for myself.  Such as exercise.  Or blog.

And the funniest part of it all, is that I don't mind.  I love being a mom.  I love when my kids need me.  I love being the person to take care of them.  I love teaching them to be happy, and to work, and to love God.  So though I lay my exhausted bones down at night, they are happy bones.

On another note, Keith and I were looking at a picture of the Salt Lake Temple last night. 

I asked him what it was and he said "The temple.  Mommy, I don't want to live with Jesus.  If I do I wont see you ever ever ever ever ever again.  I want to live with you forever."

Such a sweet teaching moment.  I put my arm around him and told him that if he lives a good life, he can live with me and his daddy, and Faye and Jesus forever.  He wont have to give up the one to be with the other.  Families are forever.  That is why we were married in the temple.  He smiled and said "Okay." and then gave me a hug.

And that is why I don't mind the tiredness, and the lack of me time.  Because I get lots of hugs, and kisses, and play time.  Because I am loved.


Anonymous said...

As a mom going on 7 kids let me tell you that 2 was the hardest! By far! Hang in there, you are doing amazing! You have the exact right attitude and your love for you family will get you through anything!

Kel said...

I am completely with you on that. Family is worth every long night and lack of sleep. I wish when my daughter asked that question, she took my answer as easily.

Susan Anderson said...

Great post, Amy. Those simple moments are some of the most memorable, aren't they?

It's good to be a mom who knows, and I really liked that talk.

(But just make sure do squeeze out just a little bit of time for yourself, too.)


CB said...

That was a great post! And seriously those moments with the kids are so precious that that is definately what you should be loving at this time in life.
I have sometimes wished that blogging had existed when my kids were little so I would have had an easier way to record memories like the one you did in this post but seriously when I read this I am kind of glad I didn't.
There is definately a priority list in life and most especially when you sweet babies are little!!

Confessions of a PTO Mom said...

I heard that 3 was the hardest, and 4 got easier. And here I am looking down #4. again!

Amy, I have tons of blog posts written in my head that I never get time to post...

Em said...

sounds like it's time to put the diapers back on and forget potty training for a few months;-)

Francisca and Chris said...

I understand... I'm HAPPILY exhausted too. I laughed at the part "Mother's who know do less"... I don't think "I know" :p

My oldest son has speech issues... it amazes me how much normal kids talk... WHAT A BLESSING you two have to communicate like so. I can't wait to have moments like that w/Harm. These days I celebrate that he learned Jesus' name!!!

Noodle said...

I love how thin the veil is for kids... Sammy tells me all the time that brother jeasus loves her and mommy... She has a picture she likes to take it with her every where... She even hugs and kisses it... Its kinda crumpled now but she still loves it...=)

Trish said...

I can only imagine what it will be like when I can have conversations with Parker. Those will be fun posts to write! I'm glad you find joy in the simple role of a mother and teacher.