My kids love me. They are so sweet. They say they love me and they give me such great cuddles. OH, but I have so many things to do!!! The irony is not lost on me. Here I am promoting a book on the spiritual lessons our children can teach us and the TO DO list is mounting! I have a basket load of clean laundry still waiting to be folded and put away. The hamper is full again. The kitchen is a mess. And the TO DO list keeps piling up. BUT I’m a mother! A stay-at-home mom at that and I keep having to take care of the needs of my family as well as all this other stuff! What’s a mother to do? Pull her hair out? Yell? I get frustrated. I have to get some perspective back. God, help me with perspective. My kids help me with perspective. They really do. They don’t care about any of this book stuff. They just love me and want me to love them back. So, they have gone to sleep now. JJ is awake, but James is with him for the moment. I will frantically try and cross a few things off my TO DO list and then go to bed. The dishes will have to wait. The dishwasher needs emptying and there’s a whole new load to put in. The laundry will have to wait. I have a babysitter coming tomorrow and so in the morning I will be running around trying to tidy up the house to make it look like I have it together, when really I don’t! Well, a babysitter is good incentive for me to pick things up off the floor. Tonight I came home from volunteering at my son’s school (it was kindergarten registration day for the upcoming fall) and there were toys everywhere. Literally every toy from our family room was on the floor. I totally lost it. Dear God, please help me get through these crazy times. The path of the mother is very sacred indeed. It’s the chaos that makes it so.