Our cups runneth over

Ready. Set. Go.

  • You rush to get kid #1 and #3 out the door to camp/daycare with the hubby
  • Then you realize you forgot your phone – again
  • You take kid #2 to camp and he is in “normal” form – WHINNING about not wanting to go. . . so you have to sit and calm him down as you watch the clock
  • Then you have to get to a doctor’s appointment in an hour and your GPS says it will take 1.5 hours (Atlanta traffic. . . grrrr)
  • Oh. . . and kid #1 has a showcase at camp that you’ll miss because of your doctor’s appointment
  • And finally, you have a business lunch meeting that needs to be somewhat quick in order to pick kid #1 back up from camp; hopefully no traffic

So what happens? You return home to get your phone, reschedule your doctor’s appointment, and go to kid #1’s showcase.

You walk in and see your dear friend whose role today is “play parent” per kid #1’s request since you couldn’t be there (insert parent guilt). Then you see your kid’s face. What started off to be a challenging day fades and doesn’t matter anymore.

When I saw those eyes and smile the hustle and bustle of the morning became worth it. As parents we do this ALL THE TIME; from one thing to the next in a matter of two seconds. But the look on our kid’s face when we have made it to a showcase, a soccer game, or an awards banquet on practically empty– our cups are suddenly full again.

With summer coming to an end, we will wake earlier again, get them out the door and on to school, sports practice, tutoring, homework and all the other things that come with parenting – expectantly and unexpectedly.

However, when we see the twinkle in their eye because we are there, our cups runneth over #blessed.

Because the sun always comes out after the rain . . .

Sun Taylor

 

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Giving up to gain more

Sacrifice: something given up or lost <the sacrifices made by parents> – this is one definition Merriam Webster provided – how fitting for today.

You have kids and your world immediately gets smaller and there’s bigger – why you say? Because of  S-A-C-R-I-F-I-C-E.

One of the best things about being a parent is watching your kids grow knowing you helped mold them. From the way they talk and think to how they see the world – this is a reflection of your very own footprint. Nothing is more special.

And the numerous sacrifices we make in hopes of them having better lives. But what happens when the sacrifice is not what you want and you have to check yourself- quick? This was me earlier in the week.

First, let me start by saying I would go to the moon and back for my kids- and I’m certain I have. The fact that most days I’m sleep deprived is a sacrifice in itself. Picking this one up and that one, doing this project and that homework assignment, this activity and that party, etc., etc. – and then being sane for myself. Did I mention red wine is my favorite? THIS IS WHY.

But back to this week – we decided (me begrudgingly at first) that we’re going to keep our youngest son home for now, who will then start Pre-K in the fall. Welcome to Taylor Preschool and Daycare.

So the woman who has gone from working and being about her career will now be home with two kids? Clutch the pearls…WHAT? Yes, that means right after Christmas, I’ll have a 10 month old and a 3 going on 4 year-old at Casa de Taylor. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

At first, I went through several emotions in a matter of 24 hours. From “no, I am not prepared to have TWO home,” to ” I have things I want to do,” and “why, why, why??” And then the guilty mom kicked in because I felt bad for feeling this way. I quickly had to check myself  because guess what? Parenting is sacrifice – over and over again – it’s not about you.

Women and men do it everyday and I had to come to grips and realize the importance of being home. I thought about all the women and men who would love to be home with their children (including my mom who wanted to be home with me) or women who are unable to have children. I was being blessed. This was about the significance of being the best parent I can be in this moment and on this next journey.

So back to sacrifice: something given up or lost . If I have to give up whatever to gain more with my kids, it’s worth it.

Because the sun always comes out after the rain. . .

Sun Taylor