Life, for me, has been busy lately.
I work around 29 hours a week. Mostly during school hours, except Mondays when I work until 7pm. Luckily, though, Dan is off on Mondays so he is in charge of all the after school duties.
Then there’s three kids, with trumpet lessons, flag football games, soccer practice and games, and Cub Scout meetings.
I’m also Sunday School Superintendent, I play organ once or twice a month in church, and I’m a member of the choir and the Youth board.
Then there’s the cooking, the laundry, the cleaning.
Busy? YES. Life as a working mom is busy, that’s for sure. It’s a juggling act, between remembering things I have to do for work or church, or appointments I need to get the kids to. But I really don’t think my busyness is different than when I was a stay-at-home mom.
I was just as busy then. At that point, I had a toddler and a preschooler, and one in school. That kept me hopping during the day, especially since I had children who gave up naps at an early age. Back then I had my iron in the fire in as many activities as I do now.
At my stage of parenting right now, I find it really interesting to compare my life now to how it was back then. Yes, it was different. But not a bad different. Just different. I have trouble when people ask what my favorite age has been, because I really don’t have a favorite. My teens were fun, of course. Early twenties were college and early married life. Late twenties and early thirties have been consumed with children. Now, in my late thirties (GASP!) my children are becoming more independent and I’m focusing more on my career. All stages in life that I enjoyed.
It’s so easy, when you’re in the midst of motherhood, to wish away the days. To complain about the busyness you have in your house, to wish it would all just slow down. How many of us stop to take the time to enjoy this moment, right now. Look around you and enjoy the people that your children are. Yes, life is busy, but chances are, it’s always been busy. Take the time to enjoy the busyness for what it is- the life that God has given you. Sometimes we’re so busy looking ahead, that we miss the time to look at the RIGHT NOW.
That’s why I’m not afraid to be busy. Being busy, for me, is the same as being loved, being wanted, and being needed. I sure don’t want to take that for granted.