I wanted to clean the house today, but life got in the way.
You insisted on finger painting and making pictures for everyone in the family.
How could I be mad about that?
I wanted to go to the gym, but you had a fever.
So instead, we laid on the couch for two days straight as I tried to make you comfortable.
I always love the extra snuggles, anyways.
I wanted to eat salad for dinner but you insisted on pizza.
Followed by homemade cupcakes. And because I know how proud you are after you put the sprinkles on, I took a bite. Did I feel guilty? Yes. But not when I saw your smile.
I tried to play what you wanted to play, but it’s hard for me.
I’m so tired because no one in this house ever sleeps. And unfortunately, grown-ups don’t have as big of an imagination as kids. But I followed all 87 pages of the instruction manual and built your Lego house. And then I played catch with you out front.
I know all you really want is my attention and sometimes, it’s hard for me to give it to you.
I wanted to be patient today, but you wouldn’t stop fighting.
Someone was pushing. Someone was stealing. Someone was saying “stupid”.
I know it’s hard to get along sometimes but one day you’ll realize how lucky you are to have each other.
I wanted to put you in your own bed but I couldn’t.
Because if we’re being honest, I need you next to me just as much as you need me.
I wanted to put the phone down and the computer away but I had a deadline.
And that even though I work from home, it’s a constant struggle to balance work-life and home-life.
I wanted to be the best mom I could be, but life got in the way.
But I learned that I can still be a great mom and make mistakes too.
That each new day is a fresh start in a child’s eyes.
That I’m going to fail but I’m also going to succeed.
That it’s okay for me to lose my patience or have a cheat meal.
Because life gets in the way. But that’s what life is. All of these little moments that we think are insignificant and when we look back on it, they’ll be the moments we’ll cherish the most.
So don’t let everything else get in the way of living your life. Let living your life get in the way of everything else.