A Letter to Past Jenny
Dear Jenny, -er old me,
Well here we are! It's 2016 and we are actually a stay at home moms despite our previous expectations and beliefs. We've got a house (and a mortgage to match), three kids, a dog... Basically we're living the 1950's American Dream with more dirty dishes and a lot less makeup.
Well let me warn you from the start---this isn't what you'd thought it would be. It's messy! There is almost never a "learning moment" with the olders and the little throws up and cries at the worst possible times. You won't spend your days quietly sharing profoundly deep conversations with your boys about art, politics, culture, and God. Instead you'll be screaming every few minutes warnings, threats, and commands---a machine gun firing of mom-haikus, all largely Ignored by your oldest. You will live in a constant state of quasi-stickiness from baby spit up and breast milk. You will find that you have a singular talent for being driving somewhere exactly when Ezzie needs to eat. And no, the dishes WONT be done before Justin gets home. You'll shamefully embrace the ease of early morning Netflix shows that give you a little extra snooze time while keeping your kids stationary.
All in in all you'll be out numbered, out-witted, exhausted, with crazy hair and in an endless hunt for your escaping dog, missing keys, and the boys' shoes (how do we lose them EVERY HOUR?!).
In other words, it's going to be an awesome adventure. Hang in there; don't give up! Remember to spend daily time in the word and prayer and in contact with other overwhelmed moms. It's totally worth it.
P.S. oh, and you'll REALLY enjoy that morning cup of coffee like never before!