Saturday, November 20, 2010

My Thoughts On...

(Because I don't want my most recent post to be about Avery getting her head split-open anymore)

online Christmas shopping - best.thing.ever
skinny jeans - pretty dang comfy
ear warmer head scarf thingy - I might not do my hair a single day this winter
having 3 kids - well. tonight I said to my husband, "Children was a mistake." He said, "I know."

But that is mean. And not true. So here are my real thoughts on parenting:
It's hard. And there's lots of crap. It's exhaustingfrustratingdrainingneverendingmaddening. It's not the laugh and play and read books and snuggle and have fun with your kids all the time that you imagine it's going to be. Although we do some of all of that. It's just that there's a lot of hard stuff in between. More than you realize there is going to be. But here's the thing - the good still outweighs the bad. Not in amount. Most days there is a lot more "hard" and "bad" than good. It's more that the good is so great that it makes up for the bad, makes it worth it.

So today I am grateful that when I sat down to play with Avery she kissed my face every 5 seconds. And that Noah insisted on reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to me before bed. And that Alex danced with me in the living room after dinner.

Yeah, today was a(nother) hard day. But that is the stuff I'm going to remember.

"Life is just like an old time rail journey ... delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride."
- Gordon B Hinckley


[BrookeO] said...


Shellie said...

Love that quote! Thank you for sharing and I couldn't agree with you more on the parenting thing :)

healthandjoy said...

Summer you're so cute! I wish I could wear
skinny jeans like you. Lez said she and John
had a great time when they were there.
Have a great Thanksgiving!

JoAnna said...

Oooh! That is a good quote!! I hear ya!!

Faye said...

I went to post a big AMEN and saw that Brooke beat me to it. Well said Summer.