even if you and your husband wake up too sick to go to church,
even if you have to stay cooped up all day like you have been all weekend,
even if you watched berenstein bears and 101 dalmatians multiple times in one day,
even if you lost your patience with your one year old a couple of times,
even if you woke up from your long nap feeling a little worse off,
even if you kept a tissue crammed up your nose to get anything done all day,
even if you have three piles of billing waiting for you as you type this...
there is still a loving husband (who is also sick) around who cleaned the house, took out the trash, watched the boy and did the dishes while you slept,
there is still a cuddly toddler around to laugh with and hug you all day long,
there is still peach crisp in the fridge,
there is still the office online to watch,
there is still the relief of overall health and happiness of your entire family to be grateful for,
there is still tomorrow morning's baby appointment to look forward to,
there is always bath time to wash away the mess of the day!
today i am thankful for simple joys like bath time and the consistency and comfort we can both feel from the night time routine. kids need that stability, but parents do too.
when i feel overwhelmed on days like this, i try to pick myself up (and my house too) because of words of wisdom like this, by Julie B. Beck. you can do it, i can do it, we all should do it. she says it best:
"Mothers Who Know Are Nurturers
Mothers who know are nurturers. This is their special assignment and role under the plan of happiness.5 To nurture means to cultivate, care for, and make grow. Therefore, mothers who know create a climate for spiritual and temporal growth in their homes. Another word for nurturing is homemaking. Homemaking includes cooking, washing clothes and dishes, and keeping an orderly home. Home is where women have the most power and influence; therefore, Latter-day Saint women should be the best homemakers in the world. Working beside children in homemaking tasks creates opportunities to teach and model qualities children should emulate. Nurturing mothers are knowledgeable, but all the education women attain will avail them nothing if they do not have the skill to make a home that creates a climate for spiritual growth. Growth happens best in a “house of order,” and women should pattern their homes after the Lord’s house (see D&C 109). Nurturing requires organization, patience, love, and work. Helping growth occur through nurturing is truly a powerful and influential role bestowed on women."
read more here: Mothers Who Know