My grandpa ("Gpa") taught me many, many things before he passed away. One of the most memorable lessons came while I was behind the steering wheel.
You've heard it before. God will never give you more than you can handle. I'm here to challenge that a bit! This post goes out to all the women who are holding it together.
The ones who are cleaning up dog shit from carpets that you just paid a fortune to have cleaned.
To you who are making sure that your children have all that they need, even when it means you go without.
For those of you who can't remember the last time someone told you "I like that sweater!" yet you consistently dole out accolades and compliments.
I see you, Mama Bear who wants nothing more than to see her son fit in, and have friends ... but you don't know how to encourage him, so you simply cook his favorite dinner and hope that suffices in some small way.
My friend, who struggles to know what's "cool" when it comes to planning a birthday party for a tween, yet chooses to plan away anyway, with no regard for the eye-roll and the hair flip.
To you folks who have partner who is away more than he or she is HOME. I can see their absence and raise you a "they are providing and doing the best they can."
Maybe you are the leave-ee. Maybe YOU are the one that is footing the bills and trying to make up for homeruns missed and bedtimes passed by. To you, I say, I can see your absence too ... and I don't judge it. Don't let anyone judge it ... do what works for you and your family.
On that note, to the ladies who are traveling for work, packing suitcases and saying goodbye. Make a habit of leaving love notes for your family. And if you're the one staying behind? Start training the leavee to scribble a quick note for everyone before they fasten the seatbelt on the way to the airport.
For those who are hurting because your current load is triple that which you signed up for, I'll bring you a frozen lasagna if you're close enough!
You may feel that god is giving you more than you can handle right now ... but if you'll be a bit transparent, ask for the help that you need, you'll find that people will show up.
(and if they forget to show up or neglect to commit, remind them again)