Back-to-School Craziness

Last night, I had a moment I hadn’t had in months.

Silence.

Blissful Silence.

I rocked baby Brooks, snuggling close to his soft, warm body melted against mine.  So many thoughts were running through my head!

My first thought was to take a deep breath and thank Jesus.  Somehow, we had survived back-to-school prep and pushed all six school kids out the door with their lunches and backpacks.  I’m pretty sure no one had their pants on backwards or mismatched socks.  At least not yet.

My kids are growing up before my very eyes—a sophomore, 8th grader, 6th grader, 4th grader, 3rd grader, and kindergartener.  I am so proud of them!  I pray that they have a wonderful year at school, becoming the unique people who God wants them to be.

It’s so busy around our house!  Before bed, I got out everyone’s school uniforms for the next day, down to the socks and shoes.  Our house is gluten-free now, so I packed all six lunches before bedtime, too!  Throw in tired little ones and nine kids trying to brush their teeth at once, and the noise is deafening!

Since Mike was enjoying a well-deserved night playing sand volleyball, the big kids had to help get the littles to bed.  Drake snuggled by Joel, Britta snuggled by Maren, and Blaise played with Brooks while I got Heath to sleep.  Blaise went off to bed by himself while I nursed and rocked Brooks.  Erica and Kelsey were exhausted and slept through the whole thing!

Did they go to sleep lonely?  Wishing their mommy had more time to spend with each of them?

Did they have fun playing kinetic sand and eating rice crispy treats before homework?  Or do they mainly remember me freaking out over the mess while I made dinner?

I pushed the doubts out of my mind, focusing on Brooks’ soft cheek snuggled against mine.  I wish there was a magical button I could push, whenever I wanted, that would let me experience this exact moment with each of my babies again.

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I am often asked how I do it (have nine kids) or what parenting advice I can give.  Truth is, I make it up as I go, just like every parent does.  My only advice would be to rock your babies.  Let them sleep with you when they have a nightmare.  Encourage them, let them know you love them.  Pray for the magical button that brings back the baby snuggles!

Today I am joining in at CatholicMom.com for Small Success Thursdays because, let’s face it, getting six kids out the door for school is a success.  No ifs, ands, or buts!  I am also joining Charity at Wounded Dove for Confessions of a #GoodEnoughMom Tuesdays.  I may not be perfect, but I am good enough!

God bless all the children getting back into the groove of school, especially the children whose homes aren’t full of love.  May parents be blessed with a nice glass of wine once the kids are asleep and silence.  Blissful silence!

8 thoughts on “Back-to-School Craziness

  1. Getting 6 kids out the door and off to school is a success. I had one -albeit on crutches with his PC, drum stick bag, Bass guitar and guitar stand, but just one who I drove to school and then drove me to work. Enjoy those babies!

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  2. God bless all the kids as they head off to a new school year! My youngest doesn’t start until Sept. 3, and it’s hard on him this year as the older 2 are out of the house (one in college, one on his own!) I’m impressed that you got all the lunch packed the night before. I never did master that trick…what’s your secret?

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    • I bet it is strange to have one left at home! I love that your school doesn’t start back till after Labor Day. This is the first year I have actually packed lunches the night before. I have to. I wouldn’t be able to get everyone out the door! Part of the issue has been all the gluten-free (and some dairy, coconut, and/or peanut-free as well) peeps. Good grief, it took me an hour just to figure out something each kid would eat! The transition has been hard, but we are finally getting used to it. Prayers that school goes well for your youngest! Hope he enjoys his last days of freedom. 😉

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  3. Nine kids! That’s awesome. I get asked all the time how I do it with four, so I’m sure you get it way more than I do! 🙂 I love your parenting advice, rock your babies. There are so many times one of my will ask to cuddle, and in a hurry or out of exhaustion I’ll say no, then I’ll feel the prick in my heart, and stop what I’m doing just to cuddle. It’s easy to forget the smallest things are the most important.

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    • We have all said no to the cuddles…or the reading of a book for the millionth time. Instead of “how do you do it?” I get a lot of “You look great….for having 9 kids!” Ummmm….Thanks? 😉

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  4. You are amazing mama!!! i love your genuine perspective and grace in parenting your crowd of precious kiddos. I honestly don’t know how you do it- but God calls moms like you to fulfill a great purpose. How beautiful and blessed your mission must be. Hang on… you got this. God has equipped you for His Plan!!

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    • I quite honestly don’t know how we do it either, sometimes. 😉 I love it, though. And THANK YOU for the reminder that God has equipped me for this. I forget that!

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