Friday, January 29, 2010

Being Consistent

Don't get me wrong, I love what I do. I have always wanted to be a mom and be able to stay at home with my kids. I feel so blessed to be able to do that, but sometimes being a parent is hard. It can be overwhelming, teaching them to eat, sit-up, walk, talk, potty train (HATE that!), wipe their nose, say please and thank you, cough in their elbow, wipe their bottom, eat their veggies, clean their room, say their prayers, read, be nice, don't hit, love one another, serve others, be honest, be polite, do your homework, wash the dishes, vacuum the floor, turn in your homework, and the list goes on, but above all as a parent you must BE CONSISTENT!!! That is a hard one I think. It is hard for me. Sometimes at night you crawl into bed exhausted and think, was I consistent in anything today besides yelling at my kids :) Yeah, some days are like that. You can get discouraged thinking you aren't consistent, you aren't doing things right, but then I got to thinking to day as I was decorating a cake for Kansas Day, because we celebrate that at our house, and we have for years. Maybe I am not too bad at being consistent. Take a look. . .

So maybe I am consistent (at making a funny looking sunflower cake every 29th of January and hopefully some other things). But the important thing is to be consistent about being consistent--you have to keep trying--never give up. Love, laugh, and keep going, and enjoy those sunflower cakes, spilled milk, good-morning kisses, mountains of laundry, sweet bedtime prayers, arguing kids, snuggling to read stories, and endless errand lists because Life is sweet, very, very sweet, and I would consistently not want it any other way.


  1. love it! do you know how many people looked at me like I was crazy today when i said happy kansas day?? :)

  2. Ahh, it is great to remember Kansas Day.... Loved doing it at school.... As for consistency.... I thought for sure that I was consistent.... but Libby and Heath think Lexy got away with way more than them.... bet I was consistent at loving them all ! :P ...sometimes when they didn't want to be -- Ha Ha!
    You do awesome things as a parent! :D

  3. Love it - especially the part about yelling....Ryan learned about problem-solving in school and was asked about the room in their house that was used for problem solving. He said "We don't have a room - you just yell at us wherever." I must really be that bad! He probably told his teacher that too... The cake is adorable and a fun tradition! You are awesome.