Thursday, March 20, 2014

Four Kids Means Four Times The...


Of all the accolades I want our children to receive, this award ranks the most important.  Congrats Caleb!

My husband has been a bit huffy lately.  He's scowled a bit more and, at times, retreated into a place of silence.  When I finally questioned his mood, he cried, "I feel like our life is on a roller coaster.  We're just so, so busy!"

Amen!

The question is: 

Can we get off of the ride?  

Will we ever get off of the ride?

I don't think we fully thought this four kid thing through. When we were young parents with toddlers and a baby, we thought we were busy.  Four kids meant four times the amount of diapers, baby food jars, car seats, and toddler beds/cribs.

We didn't think we could possibly get any busier.

Then they grew.  

Suddenly, four kids meant four times the amount of preschool pick ups, story times, play dates, swim classes, and nap times.

Then they grew some more.

At that time, four kids meant four times the amount of kindergarten round ups, packed lunches, class parties, sight words, and math facts.

They kept growing.

Now four kids means four times the amount of sports practices, boy scout meetings, school conferences, homework (and more homework), projects, birthday parties, and musical performances.

Not to mention:

Four times the amount of laundry, clutter, dishes, and filth.

And don't forgot:

Four times the amount of shoes, coats, gloves, boots, pants, shirts, lunch boxes, and sports equipment.

But then I remember:

It's four times the amount of laughter, joy, and love.

Because of that fact, we'll stay on the roller coaster and figure out ways to make the ride less bumpy.






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