**** Thank you Elizabeth for your comment on my last post! You’re so kind to me! Sending my love to you and your family!***
****Martha, thank you very much for your comment! As for the winter, it was very cold for several weeks, but now it feels like a very early Lithuanian spring. It's not usual for us to have the spring so early.****
This week I was thinking about different things, but two thoughts have particularly occupied my head. The first one, what does motherhood mean to me? And the second one, how do they (folks with more than 1 child) manage to make all that stuff? The stuff I’m talking about is children, homeschooling, personal interests, cooking, maintaining the house and just being a woman.
And this is what I have come to after some nights of reflections.
Let’s start from the first one. Motherhood meaning to me.
At this stage of my life as a mother, I think that parenting is all about patience. Of course, I don’t think that all you need to be a good mother is to be a patient person. But again, while our Varia is so little and she lives in the world of emotions, I find that it’s very vital to learn to stay calm (no way apathetic) during all these moments of bursting cry. Frankly, it’s very hard to be an iron lady, but I noticed that during the hardest time of parenting I usually come across very soothing posts on different blogs. I consider them as the lighthouses for lost ships. They don’t help right away, but they show the right direction.
Here are two posts that helped me a lot last Monday (found via Mama Ash Grove):
“in one day, everything can change” by Steady Mom;
“Snuggle jail” by Rachel
As for time/life managing with kids, I came to the conclusion that life or especially nap time is short and it’s slightly unwise to spend it exploring all that pinterest boards. Of course, it’s always so tempting to read a post or two on my feedly, or just to take a glimpse on amazon on all those books about homesteading. But in the end, home remains a mess and ongoing projects not finished. The decision for this problem is to spend my free time wisely. Less computer time, more real life.
It’s the first week of Great Lent and think my "sacrifice" for the Lent will be reading more Scripture (I read it aloud while nursing) and continue my learning to be a patient mother/person. What are your plans for the Great Lent?
Here are some interesting ideas from other ladies:
“Ideas for the six weeks of Great Lent” by Elizabeth
“Outside the box: 66 things to give up or take up for Lent (in beginner, intermediate, and advanced)” by Kendra