We love our children, and there are many wonderful things about being a full-time mother and homemaker. Needless to say, however, there are many hard things too. Not the least of which is the feeling like you are alone. Yes, you are in this with your husband, but if you are home All Day with your kids, then it can definitely, sometimes, feel like you are alone. Because, if he isn't there all day like you are, he doesn't quite understand. He may be the most wonderful, helpful, thoughtful husband in the world, but there still may creep in a feeling of alone-ness. Sometimes, one of the most helpful things to know is, "it isn't just me."
As crazy as it may sound, it is encouraging to hear that someone else's kids won't obey; that other moms, besides me, feel like they are constantly yelling; that it isn't only my house that just won't seem to stay clean; that "little Jimmy" has been a nightmare this week. I am not a mean-spirited person who reveling in another person's difficult week. Why, then, do I like hearing these things? Because it reminds me that I Am Not Alone. These difficulties that arise, are not because I am a failure.
It is hard, sure, but that is okay. There will be some bad days, and some good days, but I am not alone. I will do my best. I will handle the tantrums, the messes, the laundry, the meals, the sick kids, etc. But I will take comfort in the knowledge that when I struggle, others are struggling too, and we cna lift each other up in prayer as we continue to struggle together. We may not be working side-by-side, but we are working towards the same end, raising our children well. The difficulties that come, are not because you are a bad mom, it it because they are all part of the job. Just remember, you are not alone. Pray for me. I will be praying for you.