Monday, September 28, 2009


Boy, if I was ever tempted to feel like I really was all alone in this cold, cruel world, you all have crushed those feelings by your kind response to my last post! I wish I could reach out to all of you and thank you for your kind words. I'd love to have you all over for lunch at my house, potluck of course, because I'm not really feeling up to cooking much lately!

Lana, you made me laugh with your comment:

OH CHRISTINA!! I am so glad to hear you are normal. I thought for a moment that you were super woman sent here to this earth to show us how you do things so perfectly and positively =)

Let me assure you right now that if I'm super anything, it's super-normal! In fact, if you were to drop by right now, you'd see it for yourself, in the lingering smell of sour milk as we wash the towels we used to clean up the latest disaster -- a full gallon of milk fell to the floor yesterday and burst all over. You'd see it in the piles of projects I have not gotten to yet, the dishes piled in the sink, the baskets of laundry I've yet to fold, the floors that need a good mopping, and my smudgy windows. You'd have seen it yesterday at Church as I spent more time than usual out in the hallway with some misbehaving kids, or this morning when two of my kids would not get dressed and get their room clean in time for school. Or last week, when the snakes I allowed Joey and Allison to keep for a few days escaped their terrarium and I happened upon them slithering on the floor!

In fact, yesterday, I was telling Sarah how much I loved her. Then I said, “But you know what? There’s someone who loves you even more than I do.” She perked right up, “I know! Sister Cooper!” That wasn't who I meant, and I AM glad that Sister Cooper is such a good friend to her, but, well, I guess I need to work on showing her I love her at least as much as Sister Cooper!

I do tend to be positive in this blog. Naturally, I'm a cheerful person and sometimes my life's motto seems to be "Oh, well." I find great joy in my life and I absolutely adore my children. Thanks to those of you who reminded me of what a blessing it is to be a mother.

The other reason I'm mostly positive in the blog, though, is that by the time I'm done handling a really tough day, the last thing I want to do is sit down and tell you all the details! Even if there were time, which is too often in short supply, sometimes it's better to just block it out and remind myself of the positive.

I still wish I knew more families with lots of children (Lori, I remember that mom of 9 -- does she have a blog?), but I'm feeling lots less lonely after your sweet response. Thanks again!


alligood said...

I LOVE Blogging just because you only have to put out there what you want the world to see. I get a lot of 'oh you're so positive, how do you do it' sorts of comments on my Blog and I appreciate them because it means I am successful at putting my tears behind me and getting on with life. I don't WANT anyone to see the bad days!

Wendy said...

Glad to hear your feeling better, and that we have a "place" or "things" that can help us get those feelings out.

Joy For Your Journey said...

I am glad you are feeling better--and hope the morning sickness will pass soon so you can feel better that way as well. I had to laugh at your list of undone chores in your house. At least you have an excuse for them. I have the same list, only with no excuses!!

Lana said...

I really need to meet you in person!! You are so much fun to read!

3in3mom said...

I have to say I too am glad you are NORMAL! I often think when I'm having a bad day "well, Christina could do this" and it gets me though. So just remember when you struggle that we (I atleast) count you as amazing--and normal all at the same time!

Keep finding Joy in the journey cause it lifts my day--like today when I was a close friend to the bathroom and the thermometer read 100.2 for both Jake and I. Achy and exhausted we made it through, but there were moments I didn't think I would.


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