"You have the best job. I know it's boring and long sometimes...but you get to take care of the most special little girl."
These are the words I woke up to this morning. My husband's sweet words took me by surprise after being at home for a few long days with a very sick and whiny little girl.
Yes, my days are long and sometimes very boring. They also can be frustrating and exhausting. Of all people, it is my husband who hears my biggest complaints. And unfortunately lately I have been feeling and speaking out of an ungrateful heart more than a thankful one.
Being a stay-at-home mom can be so hard.
Yet being a stay-at-home mom is also an incredibly significant and beautiful job.
I forgot this last part lately. The cuddles are wonderful, but after two full days of my little girl never letting go, they can also be exhausting. The heart-wrenching sadness for my little girl's sickness is definitely there but after hours of incessant whining and extreme grumpiness I just wish she would sleep it off - is that terrible?
Then there are the days when she is not sick but still grumpy, uncooperative and defiant. Or there are days when she is playing wonderfully yet my own irritability or bad attitude gets the better of me.
I often wonder what it would be like to go to work daily. I wonder what it would be like to have the option of taking a break from the home duties, interact with other adults, and accomplish my own tasks away from my family life. But then again, I am sure those who work often wonder what it would be like to stay at home and spend every minute with their own kids instead of leaving the home. To be cliche, the grass always seems greener on the other side.
In truth - the tough, the long, and the frustrating parts pale in comparison to the beauty. The beauty of being able to see my daughter play and discover each and every day. The beauty of cuddling and feeling her raspy breath on my chest as she slowly drifts off to sleep. The beauty of every single moment spent together. (To relate, check out my recent post on The Magical Moments of Motherhood.)
Simply being a mom is truly the best job. It is my choice to see it that way...it is my choice to allow myself to be reminded of this each and every day...even throughout those hard days. Choose to see it that way yourself - choose to see your job, your work, your duties, as the best they can be. Choose to be continually thankful for the purpose God has called you here for. Choose to be thankful.
If you liked this post be sure to check out these past posts:
- The Magical Moments
- Stay-At-Home Mom Battle
- Overcoming the Stay-At-Home Mommy Blues