Motherhood is a rollercoaster. Really, it’s more like an entire theme park. Some days are smooth and easy like a sweet little kiddie ride. Some days are are fast and furious, full of twists and turns, ups and downs like the wildest ride in the park. Other days seem to never end- like one of those rides that just go round and round til you’re sick and dizzy- full of monotonous, mundane, daily tasks.
Motherhood has it all! The highs, the lows, the spins, the stalls. But much like an actual theme park, assuming you enjoy theme parks, you leave at the end of the day happy. You may have gotten dizzy, had whip lash from a couple rides, wanted to throw up a time or two, screamed, laughed, cried, sweated, peed your pants, lost a few personal items, got some blisters on your feet, and had the time of your life. You may be exhausted, but usually, you’re full of joy and can’t wait til you can come back again…after you at least squeeze in a nap!
Some days are tough; but every day I have moments where I am so filled with love for my boys I feel like I could explode. The last few days, I’ve been on the verge of explosion.
From receiving rock gifts
To having my finger nails cut with crab crackers
To naked cowboys lassoing me like a cow
Ninja Turtle crime busters protecting me
And naked maintenance boys running around everywhere
There is never a dull moment!
There were pictures of the boys playing with their favorite body part and pinching it with the crab crackers, but I’d like to avoid jail for child nudity pics so I’ll keep those to myself. 😉
The last few days, the weather has been a dream as we enter the fall season, my absolute favorite!! We have spent hours upon hours outside playing, running, laughing, working and loving. It’s been heaven!
Although life, like motherhood, feels like a theme park sometimes, and although right now I am in a season of being on a roller coaster I don’t enjoy, my boys keep me grounded. They remind me what matters. Who matters.
It’s easy to sometimes get distracted by the loops of life. To pay too close attention to the drops in the rides that make your stomach feel like it just dropped out of your body. To forget to enjoy the ride because we’re too scared about what’s next. And to lose sight of the overall experience and overall joy because we’ve allowed ourselves to get too wrapped up in the hard parts.
Although motherhood has hard parts, those are strung together with good parts. Beautiful parts. Breathtaking, awe inspiring, amazing parts.
In the evening when the boys and I are inside after a long, busy day, we often have dance parties! Our newest song to dance to is Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off and it’s perfect. We also usually dance to Happy by Pharell (the happy song) and Mama Said There’d Be Days Like This by The Shirelles (the mommy song.) We have wrestling matches and tickle fights. We laugh, we play, we read, we pray, we enjoy being together. Those are the moments I live for. The moments we all come to life.
Those are the moments we throw our hands up in the air and enjoy the ride together.
It reminds me to literally shake off whatever may be bogging me down, at least for those few minutes. I can’t solve my problems or rid my mind of stress and worry by staying consumed by it. I have a chance to enjoy life, however, by living in the moments of beauty with my kids. My boys ARE the beautiful moments. Each day is a gift, and I don’t want to miss a second of it.