Parenting these two kiddos is my full time job. For now it is my number one job. I think someday I will have a work outside the home job again, but for now I am thankful I get to focus on these kiddos. I get to be here when they get off the bus after school. I get to be here all summer long.
With all jobs my job can be hard. Sometimes I feel like a glorified maid. Sometimes I feel like a short order cook. On those weird emotional days the mom guilt creeps into my brain and I just feel awful for moving these two kiddos from Texas to Ohio to Georgia all within a few years. I know people move all the time, but as a kid I didn't. I went to the same school my whole grade school career. Our family lived in several different houses, but all in the same town. I know I don't have to raise my kids the way I was raised. BUT I've still felt like we could break our kids by moving them. Guess what...
They are not broken. They may be better than I was as a kid.
They are doing wonderful and they are loving it here in Georgia.
How do I know this?
Because earlier today Layla stood gazing out the window and she said, "Mom, I love it here. I love our house and my school and my friends. I can't wait to help you and dad get our backyard cleaned up and looking better."
She said she liked it here!!!!!
I can't blame her. The weather is amazing. We live in a fun part of town near stores and fun restaurants. We have huge trees and lakes all around us. We have a perfect house for our family right now at this stage of our lives. I think I'm doing ok at my job, with Gary's help of course, and we are guiding these children down the right path.
I feel a sense of relief that us moving and starting over twice in a few years hasn't broken the children. It's made them stronger and you know what? It's made me stronger and seeing them grow and learn and face the moving fears has helped me. I'm learning so much about my adult self through all this. God knows what he's doing and he knew what he was doing giving me this job of being a mom. I think I've learned more about myself since having kids. I'm growing up myself!