Ah what joy it is to be a Mom!
Despite the stress that comes with parenthood, and motherhood, in particular, there are no words to describe how truly, wonderfully blessed I feel to be a mom.
A mom to two amazing, wonderful angels: almost 41 month old Tim, and almost 8 month old Rysse, whom I am blessed to raise with loving hubby Anthony (aka “Bebs” LOL)
It seems ages ago when I was a young, carefree single lady with all the time in the world and all the fearless dreams in her heart (which included setting up a free physiotherapy clinic for kids, and becoming a saint by dying in the mission field). At that time, I truly felt that the world was my oyster. I could do anything, be anything, try anything.
Fast forward to the present.
And along with these responsibilities comes stress. But not the I-can’t-take-it-anymore-I’m-going-to-kill-myself kind of stress. But the more sweet kind. The stress that leaves you feeling blessed.
The kind of stress you feel when at the end of a long day, you still feel blessed despite the fact that your kids (and most of the time your hubby too!) are fast asleep and yet you can’t join them because you still have work to do (in my case, translation, translation, translation). (Or blogs to update. hahaha. Must keep my fans/followers updated! hahaha) You feel blessed because you know that your work and efforts will be a blessing to your family and to your community.
The kind of stress you feel when at the end of a power struggle with your 3-year old kid about brushing his teeth and preparing for bed, he looks at you and says in a whimpering voice “I love you, Mama, please don’t be angry with me.” You feel blessed (and a bit ashamed) because this little boy loves you even if you don’t deserve it.
Living with this kind of stress leaves one no choice but to rejoice and give thanks at all times. After all, who am I to complain when all around me there are people who don’t have a roof over their heads, food on their tables, clean clothes on their back and water for their daily needs? Who am I to complain when I am blessed to have a husband who happily cooks for us so I don’t have to, when I have someone who helps with the laundry and the housecleaning, when I have access to airconditioning in the hot, hot, hot place which we call home for now?
Indeed, I AM BLESSED TO BE STRESSED. Life is a great adventure, and the One who created me out of love will ensure that I will never be alone!
Join me as I journey on this road called life. Ride along with me as I juggle my daily tasks and tackle the obstacles that life will throw in my way. All of these are just adventures in our life, which help us get to our Final Destination: Home.
P.S. Welcome to the birth of my second blog, which will focus more on the joys and sorrows, ups and downs, of parenting, breastfeeding, and being a sort-of-work-at-home-mom, among other things. (You can check out my first “baby” here)
March 4, 2010
3.20am Dili Time