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It’s time to get organized! Having three boys means that I need to stay on top of organization as much as possible. That’s why I had these awesome printables created for you. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.
You know, I am constantly writing for others and I forget sometimes that my passion is for writing. I was looking around the web earlier and I found something interesting. It’s a series from BBC called Tribal Wives. I actually sat there and watched a whole hour of one of these shows. I watched the one with the Afar tribe. It truly gave me a new perspective on how things are so different here compared to other cultures. So many things that we take for granted and we don’t even realize it.
While I was watching the show, I realized that the simple things in life like our husbands are something we clearly take for granted. The Afar women cannot even eat with their husbands because it’s considered “rude.” These women are beat by their husbands and for often no reason at all. As I watched the show I realized how hard these women really work.
I complain on a daily basis about having to wash laundry in my weird washer, but these women have to travel to a river just to wash their laundry. I watched as the women travelled down to the muddy river and gathered their drinking water. I saw children the size of mine walking around without really any guidance. The women hauled firewood, baked bread, cooked and even built houses. The men took care of the animals, but if something was killed the women had to skin and prepare it. Young girls are circumcised to make sure they are virgins for their husbands.
I do not know why this particular video struck me so much today. I often wish that I had more money or perhaps lived in a “bigger house,” but for me that changed today. Understanding that there are people out there who do not even have the basic rights as us really struck me as heart wrenching. I often read the statuses of Facebook and I almost feel as though it’s a contest to see who is the happiest or who has the biggest of something. Does that really matter?
The women of the Afar tribe work hard and are some of the happiest people in the world. We live in a society where women do not really die of childbirth. These Afar women have a challenge because 1 in 12 women may die while giving birth to a child.
Each and every day I complain about where I’m going to eat or that I have to work. I got to choose my husband and I wasn’t forced into a marriage when I was 14. I have been through a lot, but none of it comes close to what some of these women go through, but they still have pure joy.
I look forward to watching more of these videos and understanding another culture. I will pray for these women and the hard lives they are forced to live every day.
This week I have witnessed how fast time goes, even when we think it’s moving slow. I have a 5.5, 3.5 and 1.5 year old sons. All of my children feel like they are growing up slow some days, but other days I look back and I can’t believe how big they are. Since I started working outside of the home this week I have really gotten a taste of how important time is. For the last four years I have been able to do whatever I wanted whenever I wanted and now I’m bound by this thing called time.
Before I started working outside of the whole, time meant nothing to me. I just knew that I had a lot of it and that I could do whatever I wanted with it. Now my time is short but I spend it a lot better. This week was like God giving me a wake up call and saying “Jess, you’re wasting that precious time I’ve given.”
Isaac (now 3)
I truly understand when they say that the time you spend with your children isn’t about quantity it’s about quality. The time I spend with my children is so special now and I pray that I never lose that feeling. I’m not sure what next year brings or even what tomorrow brings. For now, I know that God has called me to teach in a position that I didn’t know I would hold two weeks ago.
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. I’m comfortable at home. I have everything I need to survive. God calls us to live big and bold. When He put it on my heart to teach, I listened. I’m not sure what the next few months will bring, but with God at my side— my family’s up for the challenge.
I’m so thankful for this week and the revelation it’s been to me. Stop wasting time watching television and ignoring your kids, get in there and enjoy them as mush as possible. Dare I say this next part— just because your HOME with them it doesn’t mean you’re THERE for them. Double check your life and what you’re truly doing on a daily basis. Make sure it’s edifying and valuable. A stay at home mom’s jobs is valuable. A mom’s job is valuable. Your valuable. Your kids are valuable.
I never realized how much having children would make me hate my body. I have severe issues with the way my skin sags and how I can’t seem to lose the weight from having children. Even when my husband tells me I’m beautiful, I quickly shoot down his compliment. Any time I see a photo of myself I think “ugh.” At this point in time I don’t really see myself as beautiful.
I guess that brings me to this wonderful graphic my sister from She Gets it Done made for us here at Lighthearted Moms.
Everything has beauty but not everyone can see it, is such a beautiful statement. I might not be that size zero I once was, but I’m still beautiful. I’m not sitting here saying this so I have an excuse to stay fat. I work hard everyday on trying to improve my eating and exercise habits. Today I ate lettuce while my family had chicken nuggets and my husband went back for a second helping of cake. It’s a daily battle, but it’s worth every moment. Today I also biked a mile and walked 1.5 miles. It would have been nice if I started this journey while I was still skinny, but it’s better to start now than never.
I hope one day I can answer what my definition of beauty is but for right now, I’m just trying to figure out who I am post-three-beautiful-baby-boys.