A few weeks ago, I called a friend and asked what she was doing.
Her breathing was heavy, like she’d run to get the phone. “Nothing. I haven’t gotten anything done today.”
Hmm, I thought to myself. She has five children, three dogs, four cats, one horse, and an executive-by-week-rancher-by-weekend hubby. After further probing, she mentioned cooking breakfast, dishes, laundry, potty-training woes, diaper changes, and the horse’s sprained ankle—which included a trip to the store for Epsom salt. She’d changed clothes twice and was on her way outside to help her husband build a barn. All this before noon!
So often we as moms think we aren’t accomplishing much, but if we look back our days are so full we barely had time to breathe. Perhaps our check lists should be filled with items such as: “wiped a nose,” “changed a diaper,” and “found a matching pair of socks.” Those things are important even if they aren’t included in a day planner.
So, keep up the good work and realize you are doing something. Above all, moms shape the next generation. And that’s doing something great!
Jennifer Dyer has an M.S. in Communications Disorders, which served her well in her professional career as a speech-language pathologist. Never did she imagine that her education and career were God’s way of preparing her to be a mom to her own daughter with autism. Today, she enjoys reaching out to other families who face similar diagnoses. As a cancer survivor, carpet-cleaning veteran, and originator of the “Messy House Ministry,” Jennifer feels blessed to share joy, peace, and humor with others facing life’s challenges. She is mom to two beautiful daughters and is thankful to be raising them, serving other families with unique needs, and using her gift of writing and speaking to minister to others. Jennifer is also the author of a youth fiction book series and is trusting God with His timing on publication. Jennifer has been a mom for 11 years. She and Brandon have been married for 13 years.