Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Working Moms

Posted by Tracy Wainwright at 8:57 PM 1 comments
I am grateful to be a (n almost) full-time stay-at-home mom! I love being home with my babies, and know how much work motherhood is. We pay women to care for our children, and it's their job. We pay women to clean our houses, and it's their job. We pay for meals out, and it takes several people to cook, serve, and clean up after a meal. We pay people to clean our clothes. Make no mistake - at-home moms WORK!

But, we also have a lot of flexibility, flexibility that is often not found in a work-away-from-home mom's life. While they have the freedom of being with adults during the day, uninterrupted lunches, errands at lunch or on the way home along, etc., working moms have their own set of challenges. They put in 8-10 hours a day, physically, mentally, and sometimes emotionally, and then they come home to the demands of motherhood and housekeeping. They WORK too, their work just changes from day to night.

And I'm glad there are those moms out there who work away from home. My pediatrician's nurse is a working mom and I know she understands when I drag my four kids in for the fourth time in three months. My ob/gyn is a working mom, and I know she understood my concerns as a pregnant mom. My endocrinologist is a working mom, and I'm grateful. (Can you tell I go to a lot of doctors?)

This doesn't count the moms who provide services and products on a daily basis that we may not realize. As an at-home mom, I am grateful for my position as well as have the utmost respect for those moms who do their day job and then come home, not to kick up their feet and relax, but to be a mom - a job that is never done for any of us.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Random Mommy Thought

Posted by Tracy Wainwright at 5:02 PM 0 comments
I have lots to say; but instead, I'm going to go play kitchen doctor with my 2-year-old!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Every Day

Posted by Tracy Wainwright at 4:18 PM 0 comments
We watch movies, tv shows, and read books where we get to experience many exciting and thrilling things in a short time span. When a crisis or major event takes place in our lives we generally have lots of supportive people around. While those crises and events are difficult to deal with, we often tap into some unknown (or known, holy) reserve to get through. We manage, we deal, and we pull through.

It's the every day that is often as, if not more challenging than those times. We don't experience excitement, thrills, and fabulous things every day. Most days are a part of our routine and very ordinary. When those days involve, which they often do, the normal struggles of life (depression, doubt, worry, self-doubt, etc.) add up over time. However, there isn't anyone swooping in to offer support and whatever we may need. A boulder can do great destruction, but so can small pebbles when they're all piled on top of each other.

While each day may have it's challenges, or seem not quite what we imagined, we should remember that each day is a step in journey we're on. And, if we're in tuned to and listening to God, that step is going to be one in the right direction. There may not be any recognition, or acknowledgement of the work we do every day - cooking, cleaning, bathing, caring, straightening - but it is all a part of the process in becoming who we will be. If we "do everything as unto the Lord, and not unto men," God will see it and lead us in the direction we are to go, eventually bringing us to the fulfillment of His perfect plan for each of us.

That fulfillment may not seem glorious or stunning when we arrive there either. But, because His perfect plan is best for us and includes a closer walk with Him, the end result will be more than we could ever hope, think or ask.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Working Moms

I am grateful to be a (n almost) full-time stay-at-home mom! I love being home with my babies, and know how much work motherhood is. We pay women to care for our children, and it's their job. We pay women to clean our houses, and it's their job. We pay for meals out, and it takes several people to cook, serve, and clean up after a meal. We pay people to clean our clothes. Make no mistake - at-home moms WORK!

But, we also have a lot of flexibility, flexibility that is often not found in a work-away-from-home mom's life. While they have the freedom of being with adults during the day, uninterrupted lunches, errands at lunch or on the way home along, etc., working moms have their own set of challenges. They put in 8-10 hours a day, physically, mentally, and sometimes emotionally, and then they come home to the demands of motherhood and housekeeping. They WORK too, their work just changes from day to night.

And I'm glad there are those moms out there who work away from home. My pediatrician's nurse is a working mom and I know she understands when I drag my four kids in for the fourth time in three months. My ob/gyn is a working mom, and I know she understood my concerns as a pregnant mom. My endocrinologist is a working mom, and I'm grateful. (Can you tell I go to a lot of doctors?)

This doesn't count the moms who provide services and products on a daily basis that we may not realize. As an at-home mom, I am grateful for my position as well as have the utmost respect for those moms who do their day job and then come home, not to kick up their feet and relax, but to be a mom - a job that is never done for any of us.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Random Mommy Thought

I have lots to say; but instead, I'm going to go play kitchen doctor with my 2-year-old!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Every Day

We watch movies, tv shows, and read books where we get to experience many exciting and thrilling things in a short time span. When a crisis or major event takes place in our lives we generally have lots of supportive people around. While those crises and events are difficult to deal with, we often tap into some unknown (or known, holy) reserve to get through. We manage, we deal, and we pull through.

It's the every day that is often as, if not more challenging than those times. We don't experience excitement, thrills, and fabulous things every day. Most days are a part of our routine and very ordinary. When those days involve, which they often do, the normal struggles of life (depression, doubt, worry, self-doubt, etc.) add up over time. However, there isn't anyone swooping in to offer support and whatever we may need. A boulder can do great destruction, but so can small pebbles when they're all piled on top of each other.

While each day may have it's challenges, or seem not quite what we imagined, we should remember that each day is a step in journey we're on. And, if we're in tuned to and listening to God, that step is going to be one in the right direction. There may not be any recognition, or acknowledgement of the work we do every day - cooking, cleaning, bathing, caring, straightening - but it is all a part of the process in becoming who we will be. If we "do everything as unto the Lord, and not unto men," God will see it and lead us in the direction we are to go, eventually bringing us to the fulfillment of His perfect plan for each of us.

That fulfillment may not seem glorious or stunning when we arrive there either. But, because His perfect plan is best for us and includes a closer walk with Him, the end result will be more than we could ever hope, think or ask.
 

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