Last night I got to thinking....
Before kids I
-had hours to sit at a coffee shop and read (my favorite thing)
-went to bed a 8 if I wanted and woke up at 10 if I wanted too
-went out for late dinners or movies without warning
-had half the amount of clothes to wash, sort, fold, put away
-didn't step on Lego pieces taking over our house
-rarely cleaned mirrors because they didn't have two year old fingerprints on them
-didn't find old cheerios and McDonald's toys in the back seat of the car
-watched adult television and not just Olivia, Wow Wow Wubsy, Indiana Jones and Harry Potter over and over
-went to the gym when I wanted not when the daycare was open
-got to spoon my husband at night and not just hold his hand from afar with our boys in the middle like a sandwich
-went on an afternoon run, whenever I felt like it
-had half the amount of junk I have now.
-could take a road trip, unplanned to Vegas on a Friday with Mike.
-did yoga in my living room without Logan thinking I wanted him to wrestle me while doing warrior pose
-am surrounded nightly by kisses and hugs everywhere I go
-play hide and seek and listen to happy giggles under their covers ("mom I hiding here!")
-miss having a little baby to nestle and now just have a silly two year old monkey and an awesome 6 year old.
-get to watch their excitement on the first snow, Christmas morning, losing their teeth, learning about Jesus, making friends, signing up for basketball, and playing in the park
-can go on spontaneous trips throughout Alaska when we want, with just a LITTLE planning
-exploring our beautiful state with myself and 3 boys and watching the wonder that each new adventure brings
-look into my sons eyes and see my beautiful husband and feel pride, love and joy overflowing with all that we've accomplished.
So yes, our life is different.
Yes, I am not the same person I was at 18 (thank goodness ; )
as a newleywed at 23, or even as a new mom at 24.
I am a mother of two, wife of an amazing man, friend and daughter.
I live a blessed, wild, crazy, messy, adventurous, amazing life of laughter, love, and wonder.
I wouldn't change a thing for the world....not even for a few extra hours or minutes in a bookstore alone. :))
p.s. thank you for all the entries to my giveaway. The winner is Megan! I will email you soon.
(some of these pics were from our Halloween Festival at my school, others were on a fishing adventure this summer!)
Now I encourage you to watch this! A beautiful story about how life changes but your love can overcome! Enjoy!!
The Ruetschle Story from THE PARSONS photographers on Vimeo.