Sunday, February 6, 2011

rockin the sweatpants.

I know I mentioned my "rut" last week. I do appreciate all your helpful words of encouragement. I know many of you have been there/done that (maybe even bought the tee shirt.) It helps to know we're not alone in this crazy world of dinosaur chicken nuggets. (We wouldn't actually buy those if we didn't have kids, would we?!)
Anyway, I wanted to follow up (for those of you who were ready to have me committed for more serious "help")...I'm doing better each day. I started the next day, by convincing grandma to babysit for an hour so I could get my haircut. Wow! Is that therapeutic?! Turns out I haven't worn a bobby-pin in a whole week! (Why did I ever think that could be considered a hairdo? If you're currently wearing one, and you're under 70...and it's not holding your tightly coifed bun in place...take it out! It's not a style. It's a cry for help.) Unless of course your a teenager, in which case all style rules are out the window.
Even greater therapy than the hairdo though, was buying a new bra. OMG! The elastic in my very old worn-out nursing bras was probably past it's expiration 6 kids ago. I can't tell you the psychological value of having your "girls" up where they belong. I'm just saying. I was singing out loud when my new bra arrived in the mail. Who new nursing breasts could look "perky" again. Not I. It makes me want to sing..."Love lifts us up where we belong!" or something.
Oh, and I should definitely mention the whole "gratitude" thing. It really is the most basic form of prayer, don't ya think. If we can recognize all the good things God has provided, it makes us want for less, content with all we've received. My life is VERY good. Our God is VERY good. My morning offering reminds me to live in the moment, and make each one count...for love of Him. Being "present" for all the little moments the day has to offer, makes me happy...not a fleeting, worldly happy, but a profound joy in knowing I am a child of God...and I've got work to do...for me, for the kids, for hubby, for HIM. Life is good.
I Feel good.
(BTW~ I'm still in sweatpants. Got work to do there. But I'm rockin' em now. Even splashin on a little eye make-up some days...keeps the kids guessing where we might be going. I want them to know they're the most important "job" I've ever had, and I think our day is worth looking "pretty" for. Even if it's just a little pink strawberry lip gloss borrowed from my 4 year old.)

God Bless ya girls!


Anonymous said...

ANNNNND lookin pretty for yourself will make you feel good all day long....

Jodie said...

I just wanted to tell you that this is the first time I have posted a comment. A friend gave me your website and I have been hooked since. I'm Ted Monnin's cousin and used to hang around with John a little growing up. Just wanted to let you know that when I'm having a real bad day I go to the computer to your site and you truly inspire me. Each day is never as bad as I make it out to be. I could never comprehend having 11 children. There are days I have my hands full with 5 at times. Your site inspires me, cheers me, and totally gives me a sense of I'm not alone out here. What a wonderful person and Mother you are.


Anonymous said...

placAhhhh bra's!!! They are a love/hate relationship! I agree though, when the "girls" are up, life seems a little better!! :)


Barb said...

Glad you're feeling better! =)

Martha said...

Thanks for always lifting my spirits Jamie! You know just what to say! And you're right--we all have those days and it is good to know we're not alone and it is good to know that this too shall pass and it is good to remember our blessings...Mom used to say "It will all work out" and she was always's hard for us to believe it some days, but she was right--it will all work out! :) Love you!

Nikki said...

Wonderful post!! I love the part about the eyemake-up and the best job, being a mom!!
Sooooo enjoy your humor and stories!
P.S. Congrats to the 5th grade Minster girls b-ball team beating Ft. Loramie this past Sun. taking the award for tourney champs!!
Way to go Cats, next year Skins! :)