I pushed off having kids for as long as I could. I associated being a mom with staying home all day doing house chores so I wanted nothing to do with it! My house was generally messy as I was always drawn to adventure. Time with my friends, travel, and my training career were all I wanted to do. I saw having a child as an end to all I was passionate about. I saw having a child as a jail sentence to doing laundry, household chores and activities that would be way too boring and time consuming. I saw having a child as an end to the adventure. I was fortunate to marry a good man who I love very much and he really wanted kids. After much discussion and prayer on the matter I caved in and with great trepidation took the step of faith that all would be well.
When I was pregnant with my first I had many fears about what being a mom was going to be like. I just knew I would be miserable. Trapped in the house all day doing mind numbing household chores. Ugh! Then the day came when Lucas was born. My world was rocked when I came face to face with that beautiful baby boy. At that instant I felt love like I had never felt it before. Life changing love. I knew that I was experiencing the beginning of a new and even more true purpose in my life.
Today Lucas is 3 1/2 and just 3 months ago I was blessed with another child. My little dolly, London. As I expected, I do laundry… every day! In fact I am a cleaning machine. Dishes, the floor, the shower and bathtub. Anything that dares stand before me dirty is soon disposed of. I make healthy meals for the family, change diapers and mend clothes too. What I did not expect is the joy I have found in caring for my family. I am not stuck in the house, I am caring for my castle. And much to my surprise and pleasure in spite of these changes I am still the old me. Just a slightly domesticated version. I don’t want to simplify this too much. There was a challenging learning curve at the beginning but I love my life with children. I can’t even imagine life without them. I have also discovered that I still have plenty of time for adventure.
AUTHOR: Noell Yanik