{thoughts on motherhood & life}

I have six children, five of them in six years. Life is...a little crazy.

-I get funny looks in the grocery store, whether it's because I have a lot of little kids with me, or because someone is throwing a fit. 
-Cleaning up messes and trying to prevent disaster is how most of my day is spent.
-I've stopped counting how many loads of laundry I do, because I'm afraid to know.
-I hope that I get a shower...at least every other day.
-I fall into bed every night, hoping that the baby will sleep just one more hour.
-I spend more time cooking meals and cleaning them up than anything else I do.
-I rarely have a quiet moment, just a constant, dull roar in the background.
-I pack everything + the kitchen sink when I go anywhere.
-My definition of relaxation has changed from a day at the spa to just being able to sit down a read a book.
-I'm discovering that my college education hasn't necessarily prepared me for 8th grade math (I swear, they've added some stuff...), and that despite completing years of school, I get to now do it all over again.

But through it all,  I try to remember every single day...

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When my oldest son was about 18 months old, I was out shopping with a good friend of mine, who also had a little boy the same age.  We were both pushing our strollers and trying to get them up some stairs into a restaurant, when an older woman came up to us. She told us to make sure and enjoy every moment with these boys, because while it didn't seem like it now, the time would pass much too quickly, and they would be grown up before we knew it.  I didn't realize how true her words at the time, but I've now learned how right she was.

Every moment is not pure bliss, and I'm certainly not rejoicing while mopping underneath the chairs for what seems to be the 50th time that day. Nor am I jumping for joy about damages done when little boys are left to their own devices when I'm feeding the baby, or when their bodies go into rigor mortis while I'm trying to put them in the car seat (and always in front of other people, of course). Yet these things are quickly forgotten when a tiny hand brushes my cheek, sweet lips give me a kiss, little arms reach up to me, or when I hear a tiny voice call out "mama". My payment comes in smooshed flowers picked from the side of the road and eagerly handed to me,  sweet voices whispering "I love you", and a little hand placed in mine. I know that these moments are fleeting, and one day, when my home is empty I will wish for just one more smooshed flower, one more little hand print on the glass, and a little less quiet. I LOVE being a mom, and more importantly, I enjoy it.

Enjoying life, being grateful for what you have right now is not a new lesson, but it can be hard.  When we were first married, both students, and poor as church mice, I would look around my cinder block apartment and dream of the house we might have someday.  We planned out our life, discussed how many children we wanted, and decided what we thought would be the perfect spacing.  We ended up being in school for almost eight years of our married life, didn't buy a house for a few years after that, and encountered struggles with infertility and loss when we wanted to have kids.

Through all of that, some of the best times we've ever had were during those "cinder block" years when we had no money at all, and were forced to be creative when it came to date nights and pretty much everything else. We also had one child for almost eight years, and we loved him to pieces.  (still do. ♥) We wanted more children desperately, and it was a time in my life when I really had to make the decision to enjoy where I was at, and what I had, because what I was experiencing was so difficult, and I could easily let myself miss out on enjoying all that I had right then and there.  So, I changed the way I looked at things.  We went places and did things together that we can't do now--or would be much more difficult--and I'm so glad for those experiences.  I have a bond with that son that while not stronger, is different and unique from those of his siblings.

So, my wish to you on this Mother's Day, is that despite your circumstances, your life's trials, or what you hope to have happen one day, that you enjoy life to its fullest now, and celebrate YOU!  I think Mother's Day is a day to celebrate all women, and how wonderful we are.  ☺ We can do anything, be anything, and have the greatest influence on not only our children and in our home, but on so many others around us.

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!

And to my own mother...thank you for everything.  I love you.  ♥

Simply Kierste
Kierste is a blogger who shares her love of all things DIY. She is the mother of six, and most of her posts revolve around making her home a beautiful, organized, and fun place to be. When she's not chasing around two sets of twins, a teenager, and a baby, she's working on a project, training for her next race, reading one of her favorite books, or baking something with chocolate in it.
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  1. Oh, I loved reading this post sooo much! You are so wise and I couldn’t agree more! I love the quote you shared my Marjorie Pay Hinckley too! Some of my absolute favorite quotes were shared by her. :0) Happy Mother’s Day!

  2. Stormie says:

    Thank you Kierste, my youngest is 7 and my oldest is 15 1/2. I have been working hard on enjoying those wonderful moments, my youngest little girl’s hand in mine and wanting me to retell the day she was born over and over, and my oldest two girls and their texts I get in the middle of the day saying they miss me. Then there is my only son who I will always call my baby boy, who still gives his mama morning hugs!! This reminding me how important I am to my children, and how important they are to me and I thank God for blessing me and entrusting such priceless gifts to me. He reminds me everyday how good and gracious He has truly been to me. Thanks for sharing and for the encouragement! Happy Mother’s Day

  3. Thank you for your thoughts, Kierste. I agree that Motherhood is wonderful. My kids are my greatest blessings, and though raising them can be so hard sometimes, I’m always reminding myself that they will not be little for long, so I need to enjoy the ride. They are so worth every mess I clean up, meal I make, and every hour of sleep that I miss. :)

  4. Rhonda Miller says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I’ve had similar thoughts and I’ve gone through those moments with my kids. They are such a blessing and I wouldn’t trade a minute of it.

  5. Thanks so much for this. This is just what I needed to hear today :)

  6. I think you wrote this just for me. I am a young mom of 4 kids ages 5 and under. It’s sure fun getting those looks in the store. And some days I would love to pull my hair out. But I’m honestly trying to stop and enjoy little moments more each day. And each say it is much more fun to be a mom. Again thanks for beautiful words on being a mother. I love your blog.

  7. What a beautiful, beautiful post! Thank you SO much for sharing. You should write a book. I would buy it.:) Just what I have been needing to hear, especially while preparing for another new little one to come to our home. Thank you!

  8. Jennifer says:

    I know it’s late (I have read this multiple times without commenting), but I wanted to let you know how touching and meaningful this was. It made me cry and I asked my husband to read it. He actually thanked me for having him do so. As always, thank you for your blog and inspiration, whether it be with crafting, or in life.

    • simply {kierste} says:

      Jennifer,

      It’s my turn to say thank you—for leaving this comment, and sharing your thoughts. Sometimes you wonder when you share something so personal with the whole world how it’s going to be received, so this means a lot. xoxo

    • simply {kierste} says:

      Jennifer,

      It’s my turn to say thank you—for leaving this comment, and sharing your thoughts. Sometimes you wonder when you share something so personal with the whole world how it’s going to be received, so this means a lot. xoxo

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