October 13, 2011

A peek inside the life of a married single Mom

Ok, so I have been thinking of writing this for awhile. Now seems as good a time as any. I just want to give you a peek inside a "typical" week for me - a Married Single Mom. This will probably get kind of long, but please understand that this is my life on any given day. Thanks!

Let's start with Sunday....
-alarm goes off at 7am....I finally crawl out of bed around 7:30am & take a shower & get dressed.
-wake Taylor up around 8am.
-leave for church between 8:50 & 9am
-get home from church around 12:30pm
-lunch around 1:30pm
-Taylor plays outside until 4pm
-get ready church 4:45pm
-get home from church about 7:30pm & make dinner
-put Taylor in bed as close to 9pm as possible.
-clean up from the day
-get to bed as close to 11pm as possible
That's just Sunday.

Here's the rest of the week:
-alarm goes off at 6am
-get Taylor up at 6:45am
-leave for school at 7:30am
-drop Taylor off at 8am
-get back home & do things around the house until 3pm
-leave to get Taylor at 3pm
-get home around 4pm
-decide on what to make for dinner while Taylor is outside
-have dinner, spend time with Taylor, clean up from dinner, get Taylor to relax & calm down
-put Taylor in bed at 9pm
-get a few more things done, crochet or read
-in bed by 11pm

Tuesday follows the same pattern as Monday except that...
-pick up the little girl I babysit at 7:20am
-get her back in bed at 8:10am
-get her up at 10:15am
-hang out with her & try to get a few things done while she is over
-drop her off at 4pm
-get home about 4:20pm & work on Taylor's homework

Wednesday follows the pattern of Tuesday but instead of homework,
-it is an easy to fix dinner
-leave for church at 5:15pm
-AWANA starts at 6:30pm
-get home by 9pm
-get Taylor in bed by 9:30pm

Thursday is the same pattern as Monday just add in homework with Taylor

Friday is the same pattern as Tuesday but without the homework

Saturday is my laundry, hang out with Taylor, go see Daron is possible, relax somewhat & do anything I wasn't able to do Monday thru Friday kind of day.

Ok, I am exhausted just typing all of that. No wonder I am so tired all the time. That is a lot for one person to handle. Then you add in the fact that I am married & need to talk to my husband, visit my husband & take clothes to him.......

I really need to applaud those completely single Mom - whether by divorce or death. They are true heroes in my book. I am a single Mom in almost every sense of the word - I do everything by myself around the house & take care of my son without having my spouse there to help me. The only difference is that I am married to a wonderful man whom I love deeply. Nothing has changed in my life except that I don't have a spouse or second parent to talk to or to help me. I am very thankful for the time that my husband was at home & all of the help that he provided before his MS really took over.

I only posted this "typical" week to show you that there is a reason behind my being tired (or lazy as some might say). There is a reason behind my being irritated when someone makes a comment about the way my son acts, the way the house looks, the way I look or act. Taylor & I are still trying to figure this whole thing out & I think that we are doing pretty good. We have our moments - we are quite alike personality wise after all. But we are getting through & at the end of each day I thank God for the strength that He has given me, for my son, for my husband & for my life in general. I know that I'm not perfect & I won't be perfect until I reach Heaven.......but I am giving this my best shot & praying for the best. Only God can get me through this. I know that He will never give me something that I can't handle. I know that He will always be beside me every step of the way & that when I can't go on anymore He will carry me. I know that He will give me the daily strength that I need to make it through each one of those days listed above. I know that things will come into my path that I feel like I can't overcome, but I know that He will help me overcome them each & every single time.

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for everything that you have given me. Thank you for my husband. I know that he can't be in the home physically anymore, but I thank you for giving him to me. I thank you that I can talk to him every day even though I can't see him. I thank you that his quality of life has improved since being in Battle Creek. I pray that you will continue to be with him. He needs you now more then ever Father & I thank you for being there for him. 
I thank you for Taylor. Many people have asked if I want another child, but I know that I am beyond blessed to have him. Thank you for entrusting his care to me Lord.Thank you for his determined & strong-willed spirit. Thank you for the laughter that he brings me every day. I pray that he will be with him every day Lord. You know more then I the struggles that he is facing through this time. I ask that You will be his strength & comfort. 
I thank you for my home Lord. I thank you that you have given me a shelter from the storms in life. I thank you for the fortress that it has been these last few months. 
I thank you for my church family Father. They will never be able to fully understand just how much they have helped my family during this time. I thank you for bringing us to Good News Baptist. I pray that you will continue to bless that church in a special way.
I thank you for my family & my extended family. I know that I have not always been the best daughter or daughter-in-law, sister or sister-in-law, niece or cousin. I pray that you will remind me every day just how blessed I am to have each one of the members of my family there when I need them. I ask that you bless each of them beyond comprehension.
I thank you for all that you have done for me & all that you will do for me. Thank you for your strength daily Father. You know that is the only way I make it through each day. Thank you for your comfort when the days seem dark & depressing. Thank you for carrying me when I need to be carried. Thank you for being my Father!! Thank you for every blessing that you have given me & for each blessing yet to come. In You Son's Name - Amen

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