Thursday, February 2, 2012

Get a Real Job

Anyone remember that song, "Get a Haircut and Get a Real Job?"  It's a classy one, for sure.  Anyways, it's been running through my head this week.  Let me refresh your brain about  the chorus.


Lyrics www.allthelyrics.com/lyrics/george_thoroughgood/ 
Get a haircut and get a real job

Clean your act up and dont be a slob

Get it together like your big brother Bob

Why dont you, get a haircut and get a real job


Being a stay at home mom and a pastors wife sometimes feels like being on a treadmill.  And we know how I feel about the treadmill.  In that, I'm putting forth great effort...one could say busting my butt ;) and still, when I hop off that treadmill, even if the little dashboard says 3 miles...it was 3 miles in ONE spot.  Which never quite feels the same as 3 miles of actual trail or pavement behind me.

Kinda like staying at home.  And ministry.  It's feeling a bit like a hamster wheel.  At the end of the night, I sit down and I'm exhausted.  You'd never know I ran the dishwasher, vacuumed, did 3 loads of laundry blah blah blah because at that moment, there are dishes to be done, cheerios on the floor, and  dirty clothes awaiting.

And that feeling of the treadmill creeps in.  That feeling of wondering if I really am making a difference or just working my tail off without going anywhere...without progress.

I stay at home.  Certainly I should be able to keep up.  I mean, what do I do all day?  (I hope you read that with sarcasm.  If not, go back and do it...it's fun.  Trust me.)

I think I'm realizing that I can't keep up.

There, I said it.  I can't keep up. Because even with staying at home, it's more work than one person can do.   At least with my (ridiculous) standards it is.   

And that's O.K.  

So, to all the stay at home mom's out there who also can't keep up:  *fist bump* or *knuckle bump* or whatever they call it, to YOU.

It's this season of life God has placed me in.  And it's good.  Very, very good.  And it's also totally fine to not keep up with all of it. 

So here's to not keeping up.  Because dang it, it's still a REAL job. ;)  

But I really could use a haircut...





10 comments:

  1. Thanks for the reminder that it's OK to not keep up!!!! Needed to hear that in the midst of two sick kiddos, moving and a 1st birthday to celebrate - oh yeah and as I write, cheerios litter my floor also. :)

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  2. I just wish the job paid! Then I could get that hair cut. ;-)

    Here's to not keeping up and being ok with it!
    ~FringeGirl

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  3. I LOVED THIS! Oh, this so describes my day.. only I didn't start the day with clean dishes like you..last night I went grocery shopping and I had to leave right from dinner or the store would be closed and so when I came home the dishes weren't done... but I had groceries to put away and you know what I didn't feel like doing them then... but I also didn't feel like waking up early today, so they sadly stayed undone ALL day b/c after breakfast it was straight downstairs for school and then lunch and then baths (lunch was messy) and then more school,and then prepping dinner to eat at gymnastics, then gymnastics and then home and put kids to bed (hubby at deacons meeting tonight) and well... those dishes from yesterday AND today are all overflowing on my sink... and I know I have to go clean them. But I don't feel like it and I hate that they'll pile up again tomorrow.
    anyway... loved your post... love all your posts but these days i barely get a post written myself let alone comment on someone elses... unless of course I am putting off doing dishes.... :)

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  4. I can so identify! Like you, I live very few steps from our church building and visitors that stop by our door at random hours usually see toys and cheerios littering the floor, along with the laundry I've been trying to get folded or put away for two days. Love your blog!

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  5. Just to let you know, I can't keep up either!! So hard to learn to let stuff go, and except that I just can't keep up!!

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  6. *fistpumprightbackatya*

    Thank you.

    Sometimes I think everyone else has it all together and keeps up. Everyone but me. :) So, this was good to read.

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  7. Fist bump back to you! I COMPLETELY resonate with you! I run as fast as I can especially Friday, Saturday and Sunday to pack it all in only to turn around on Monday and prep to do it all again! Thanks for the encouragement of just making me "not the only one!"

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  8. My dear husband (passed away 7 months ago) and I raised 5 kids, close in age. Our oldest dear angel had cerebral palsy which left her unable to do anything but smile.
    Needless to say I was a stay at home mommy....the point I am trying to make, I tried to do it all, time with kids real meals 3 times a day. Sweeper 2 times a day.....deep cleaned weekly touch ups daily.....THAT DIRT WILL BE THERE 10 yrs. from now. That baby will be off to college....keep a clean home, messes will wait......

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  9. Yep, I've got a SAHHubby right now and between the two of us we still can't keep it up, and I am talking about the household stuff;0)
    Our calendar looks more like a scribble pad...
    "fist-bump" boom blow it up now.

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  10. I loved this! I too am a pastors wife, living in a parsonage and working as a homemaker with 3 small boys. Thanks for the "fist bump" to continue on what I do and loving what I do, even though I can't keep up.

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