I need a housekeeper. Truly I do. How can I ever talk to the outside world as though I have anything at all together when I’m sitting here staring down a sink full of dirty dishes, attempting to get my Community Bible Study done while the kids run and scream in my peripheral, and thinking about all the things I didn’t get checked off the to-do list from yesterday?

But then I am reminded of Dr. James Dobson, my latest hero and inspiration. (Really, the man is a genius.) He says in his book “Bringing Up Boys” that “It will not always be required of you….but for now, there is a higher calling…Raising children who have been loaned to us for a brief moment outranks every other responsibility.” 

One day I will be wishing with all my heart that I had a teeny, adorable three-year-old running around and a five-year-old making her scream. I will miss like CRAZY having someone to constantly clean up after! I will be longing for these incredibly tiring days. (And so as not to sound like a big complainer, when I use the term “tired,” I mean I no longer feel like doing 40 minutes of sprints and another hour of intense weight training at any given moment in the day, all followed by a protein shake, of course.) So while, yes, some days I am exhausted and just want to sleep and NOT pick up toys and feel like a bit of a failure because I’m a stay-at-home mom and my house DOESN’T look like the cover of Good Housekeeping (gasp!), I’m cherishing these days.

Trace Adkins puts it best: “You’re gonna miss this. You’re gonna want this back. You’re gonna wish these days hadn’t gone by so fast.”

Right now life is calling me to be the best mom I can be. Tired, messy, and unorganized as I (and the house) may be, how can I say no to that?