Tuesday, February 26, 2008

do i look odd?

Peculiar, maybe?

I have always heard that there are less and less women that are wanting to have babies. But if you visit my ward here in Saskatoon, that is hardly believable.

Last night at work, however, I was the sole woman in the group with children. And further, the sole woman in the group who DESIRED to have children. These other girls were young, married, working.... and that is all they wanted. Reasons? Cause they didn't want to look old. Cause they didn't want to be bothered. Cause they didn't want to change diapers. Cause they didn't want stretch marks. I was shocked. I knew not everyone was gung-ho on the baby wagon, but how on earth does not having kids keep you from turning 65?

They sort of felt bad saying these things to me, worried that I would be offended (these are very good, nice girls, by-the-way). All I could answer is that every sacrifice you make is worth it.



Every dollar spent on diapers and crackers, every day spent picking up toys and wiping down the high chair, every pay check lost to staying home (when possible). Even the change in figure, the loss of abdominal muscles, the loss of hair, the baggy eyes (among other things), the tired mornings, the sleepless nights. Kids are so worth it!!! Why? Cause along with stretch marks comes a stretch in ourselves. We learn, we love, we are loved back, we play, we laugh at things that were never funny before they came into our world. We learn patience (why oh why does that one take so long??!!) We learn that there are things more important than money and vacations and big houses and shopping malls. We learn to value what really matters, and what will last in the long run.

I am so grateful for my boys. They whine and they have runny noses, but they teach me and love me. And for that I am willing to give anything.

11 comments:

ec said...

wow sach.

you say it soo perfectly here.

and just so you know, you look amazing...you hot mama!

Sexy Momma said...

Isn't the world funny?!? BTW, you don't look old, you look HOT!!!

Laura said...

What an amazing post Sachie. Thanks! And you do look beautiful in that picture.

Anonymous said...

That's my girl!
Actually, at times I wasn't sure the sacrifice was worth it to have kids. However, the gold medal prize at the end of all the work, sweat and tears is to have GRANDKIDS!!!
So tell me..... do I look OLD?!

Froggy said...

granny looks old this is lander aunty

Rachelle said...

Wow sach.. that hit the spot. I almost started tearing up thinking about my Elias.. They are sure worth it!!
Thanks!!

Oh hopefully you had enough for bball last night.. Jeremy forgot to be home so i could go.. next time!

Anonymous said...

By the way, I am glad to read that you actually do claim to wipe down the highchair.
.....

Jared and Liam Craig said...

soooo cute

ps I think moms are hot anyways, ones without look.... uptight, nothing like a kid to change that perfect hair into a 3 day old ponytail!

The Cahoon Family said...

hahaha, I just did my post and then checked yours out....now I feel all bad. Well said though....well said!!

Ryan and Jen said...

You wouldn't know that woman are slowing down pumping out the kids at my ward too. 68 kids under 3 and 1/3 of the relief society pregnant. I am so glad we have people to depend on that thing the same as us. Though it is hard! It is also fun...most of the time!

Anonymous said...

Sachie, you have inspired me. It is time to have another one!