As I was walking and talking up a storm with one of my closest friends, we both decided to snap away on the sunset that was fast approaching. Here is the sunset from a different point of view. The light hit the leaves perfect as the moon was ready to shine on the night to come.
Today I woke up at 4:30 am to one of my cats throwing up, had to get up to clean it up before my husband got up to go to work at 5 am just to be a good wife and not have him step on cat throw up in the morning. As I walk into the bathroom for some spray the other cat decided to use the litter box leaving the wonderful smell of his cat presence everywhere. After completing my favorite 4:30 am clean up (insert sarcasm face here) of course I was too wired up to sleep so I finally fall asleep for an hour before my son wakes up for the day.
The whole day this 10 month old boy has been nothing but teething pains and complains driving me over the edge a few times making me wonder where all this joy is that people speak of when it comes to parenting. Fast forward hours, many meltdowns and a beer later, finally its bedtime for the little one and all I can say is, this day is finally over! Yes this was the day that God had made. I did not rejoice or was glad in it. But tomorrow is another day as they say, full of new experiences, joys and surprises, hopefully they don’t start at 4:30 am.
In giving birth you preserved your virginity,
In falling asleep you did not forsake the world, O Theotokos.
You were translated to life, O Mother of Life,
And by your prayers, you deliver our souls from death.
Blessed Feast everyone!
Why did I ever get into this profession? I ask myself after messing up almost all my procedures today in my nursing career. I could have kept my marketing job, worked at a nice building and gotten paid good amounts of money. But instead I chose to voluntarily get vomited on, peed on, overworked and receive less money doing it. I love my job, I love my job. Today was one of those days, where every procedure had a mistake made by yours trully, there were too many patients piled into the waiting room waiting for nurses to see them and too much pressure from doctors to get the job done faster. At the end of it, all I can really do is eat a veggie meal because of the fast (no comfort ice cream for me) and sit on the couch to reflect on the small moments in life that make a day like today more tolerable.
Now that the day has come to a close, I thank Thee oh Lord and I ask that the evening with the night may be undisturbed. Grant this to me oh Savior and save me.
Blessed Feast of Transfiguration everyone! May this be the icon of our lives. To be transfigured into the likeness of Christ Himself.
You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God, / revealing Your glory to Your disciples as far as they could bear it. / Let Your everlasting Light also shine upon us sinners, / through the prayers of the Theotokos. / O Giver of Light, glory to You!
Life as a parent can get a bit rough. The majority of the time it seems like parents always try to fool themselves into thinking that everything is fine by replying to everyone’s questions with a well prepared response of “oh parenting is such a joy.” Recently my husband took my son to a family that we love and look up to for a good old fashioned BBQ during this hot and sticky summer. My son got to see new things, watch kids play around and eat some dirt. “I hate is when parents say that everything is ok and they love it,” says a mother of four “ yes, they may love it but lets just face it its not ok until you survive parenthood.”
The sleepless nights, the constant change, the noise, the crying, and the diaper bag packing as if you are going on a vacation. Let’s not fail to mention my famous black cat named Trouble that seems to wake up my son every time he is asleep with his echoing howls in the hallways. Parenthood. We have arrived. Ladies and gentlemen you will not be getting off until your children are out of your house or stable on their own sometime in the future. Meanwhile you will just be getting older and more and more tiered by the day.
The way I see it… a great sacrifice. True martyrdom to self and living for someone else. All the while trying to stay calm, maintain peace, not get angry and find time to pray. “This is probably the hardest thing that I have ever done in life,” my husband states. That realization has never hit me until I became a mother.