Thursday, March 11, 2010

Morning Glory





Good Morning Sweet Readers!


Things have been a little overwhelming here for the last couple of weeks! The Mr. and I ended up with food poisoning after getting take out at a local restaurant. I have never had food poisoning before and I do not ever want it again. After barely recovering from that our entire family came down with "Stomach Bug 2010" which we have somehow survived the last two weeks. We then made a trip to the pediatrician only to find out that both of the babies had double ear infections and at the same time I came down with something that sounded like bronchitis but I never made it to the Dr. to find out exactly what it was.  


Pine -Sol has been my middle name for two weeks.


Deep breaths.


The laundry is piled high. And I do mean high.


I'm thinking about showing you a picture.
But you wouldn't believe it. 
I'm practically doing the splits to step across the piles in the laundry room 
just so I can get to the dryer. 
I can't remember what is in the dryer mind you
But there is a lot of praying going on that it is somebody's uniform for school.




The house is a mess and I'm not really sure what day it is today. Can you relate? :)


We are potty training.
We are teething times two.
We are losing teeth.
We are climbing out of cribs.
We have escaped out of one crib tent- the deluxe version
We have an escapee.
Which has been added to the mix. Older brother and sister are professionals.
The oldest two are in bed with me every night- and do not sleep through the night. Gasp.










Potty training has been successful. 

Miss Pearl gets to wear her fluffy shoes and we all stand in the bathroom and "cheer" for her afterwards.

And then in turn she now "cheers" for us. Every single time.

I have never been cheered for while using the potty.

It is hysterical.










And I want to write and blog about it all. 
And I want to read and comment and catch up with each one of you. 




But someone is usually sitting on my computer.






Or on my keyboard.
















Or at my feet.




Or under my desk.



And it makes it very hard to concentrate. Or type. Or read.



In addition, 
Mr. Pearls and Grace is still commuting- from another state. 
He is only home on the weekends. Ahem. 


On good days it can make you feel like you are dating again. The phone calls. The airport pick ups and drop offs. The occasional card. The anticipation of getting to see each other every weekend.


On other days it can make you feel like you are a single Mother with five children. 
Completely and solely responsible for every single person, place and thing.
It is a heavy load and a sea of emotions and after nearly eight months of doing this solo - 
I think it's all beginning to catch up with me.
I do not have any help or any family who help in anyway.  
It's just me. 
Well me and Jesus. Thank goodness for Him. 


I have never been pressed like this before and so I press in as best as I can. And I am so thankful for His mercy and His grace. For His renewing love and kindness that He continues to pour out every morning. I know that it is the only reason I have been able to endure this season of trusting Him on a new level for as long as I have.









In other news the beautiful Shannon of Southern Beauty Magazine was kind enough to have me stop by and visit. Scratchy voice and all. You are welcome to listen if you don't mind the cold!  We talk about how I do not have a beauty routine - but wish I had one, the ministry of Motherhood and my love for the Lord and his precious daughters. They were so wonderful and I enjoyed every minute of it!



All Things Charming Show

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And lastly.....
Thankfully we were able to retrieve and salvage my Blissdom/Harry Connick Jr. pictures!
I will be back with that Elle Woods part two post soon and you will get to see why on earth I carried my glue gun to Blissdom! Many Blessings!!


34 comments:

SouthernBelleJM said...

Those fluffy heels are too cute! Hope you get to feeling better soon:)

gCe said...

Goodness! Bless your heart I hope things calm down! I love the shoe pictures of Ms. Pearl!

lizziefitz said...

AMEN SISTER. 8 MONTHS HERE TOO. NO FAMILY OR FRIENDS. TEETHING BABY AND UNIFORMS TO WASH DAILY. WHEN HUBBY COMES HE THINKS IT IS REUNION, I ON THE OTHER HAND HAVE BEEN SLEEPING (AHEM) WITH A BABY AND 5 YEAR OLD. TOUCHED AND PULLED AND NURSED ON AND CUDDLING ISN'T MY #1 PRIORITY WITH HUBBY. JUST BREATHE...ALL I WANT IS A LONG UNINTERRUPTED HOT SHOWER.

Jennifer said...

Goodmorning,

I wish I had potty trained in those pink fluffy shoes. Those pictures are so precious and will be a true testament of your selfless motherhood in years to come. Not to mention those pictures of Miss Pearl would be cute in a 'scrapbox' we haven't made yet!

On on our way to doctor today for 4 month checkup..you know what that means shots and a fussy afternoon! I might have to pour me some coffee with lots of honey in a dainty white cup too.

Keep it up, whistle while you work Mrs. Pearls. Your a precious mommy!

Love Being a Nonny said...

Whew!! Mercy me! I am tired reading all that. God bless you. You need a vacation!!!

Short Southern Momma said...

Whew, I got tried just reading that! Bless your heart! I am loving the pictures the are melting my heart. Hope your having a great week! xoxo

Sweet Life at the Farmhouse said...

Oh my, hang in there! I'm the oldest of 5 girls, and my dad traveled a lot when I was a kid. My mom was home schooled us and was frequently in your position and I had no idea how difficult it was for her to hold that all together at the time. I ADMIRE her so much for getting through those days by leaning on the Lord. You probably are at your wits end, but please know that your kids will remember these times and thank the Lord for a mother who, under intense pressure, leaned on her Savior!! You ARE making a difference and His power is made perfect in weakness.

Baby Mama said...

i can so relate to the alone-ness, the sickness, the too much to do... hang in there. hugs.

Susan said...

I wish you lived near me. I would love to help you. How come evryone that needs my help lives so darn far away. Can you hire someone to come in and just do a quick once over? What about your church homies? Isn't there anyone who can come lend a hand? I hate that helpless feeling. I'm such a fixer and solver and when I can't do either it makes me crazy.
Love to ya
Susan

Tamara said...

I do HEAR you! I'm surprised you had the time to post what you did! My husband also travels Mon-Thurs, and has been doing so for 4 years, and, with 2 of our three children in high school, he will probably keep traveling until they graduate just to keep everyone stable. I am amazed that you're doing this alone. I am sure you have a much more cheerful attitude than I do! I hope all signs of illness are gone from your home!

Susan said...

I just had to add this because I just noticed, too cute about the fuzzy slippers on the wrong feet and most importantly little miss has great gams. Look at the muscle on those legs! I'm thinking ballet, gymnist or running is really going to be her thing.

Disabled Domestic said...

Hang in there!!! And please post pictures of the mile-high laundry :)

Preppy Mama said...

Wow, you have your hands full! If there is anyone who can handle it my bets are all on you! Try to take care of yourself...those pictures are priceless!! Thinking of you!

Simply Mel said...

I'm a bit overwhelmed reading this...so can only imagine how you must feel! At least if you look at that gorgeous cup of tea image, you might feel a bit of peace.

Oh yes, potty training. i have yet to succeed with this one!

3 Peanuts said...

Oh you sweet gal. I SO wish I could come cook you some dinner, help with the laundry, hold you pine soley hands and pray with you. I simply cannot imagine doing that without mu husband for 8 months. I am sure I could if I had to but it would be SO HARD!

I know you pull it all off with grace and dignity.

I listened to you on that radio show....you were GREAT!

Cha Cha said...

Oh my sweet dear. I wish I could come in and scoop you and all those babies up and send you to the park with yummy picnic lunches and a beautiful blanket to sit on, I would order a perfect sunny day for you to bask in. while you were resting I would work my hiney off so you could come home to a clean house and a dinner on the stove. Since I can't do those things, I will pray and know that prayer is so much more than any of those things. I will pray for your health, strength, peace, comfort, and for your eyes to be open to your true joy in a way that will be so real to you, that it will move you in a real way.

God Bless,
Cha Cha

Raining Pearls said...

My heart aches for you. I know you get it all done with grace and a smile on your face. I wish I could help somehow. I will you keep you all in my prayers and think of you often. You are such an inspiration! Love, love, love the photos of the babies, they are getting so big.

KatieB. said...

My heart just goes out to you when reading this post! You are one tower of strength and energy. Saying a prayer for you tonight that your house is calm and the only sound you hear is of the washer ;) Just remember, this too shall pass! Bless you.

Jo said...

You need a pair of the pink fluffy high heels! I'm just certain they would make it all better :)

I've been in your shoes many a months while my husband was at sea. It's NO FUN at all. If only you lived closer.

I'll keep you in my prayers ~
Jo

Amanda said...

you are so fabulous and so positive and so precious...my husband travels alot but i could not do what you do...i had a pitty party today for myself while hubby is gone again but then i read your post and know there is alway someone who has waaaay bigger struggles than me! this too shall pass...god bless!

1022 Sea Shell Ave said...

Hi! I clicked on your blog because of the name, I have 4 girls and 1 boy, the baby is named Pearl and #2is Grace. I hear you about potty training, laundry and the never ending dish duty. Even my hubby is like the 6th child, always wanting me to find something he lost. I look forward to your posts, when you get a chance.....:) Kim

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

I am so sorry that you all have been so sick at your house. I do hope that things are on the mend. Bless your heart! You need a much needed break. Praying that things will improve very soon. Love & blessings from NC!

this blessed nest said...

there is so much in this post. i don't know where to begin my comment...those pics of P&A are outstanding! love them. look at those sweet little legs of Pearls. cant stand it. so precious. what are you going to do when you have to go potty at target and she cheers you on? snort!
you are amazing. doing all that you do! any & all mommies are. but you my dear...8 months & counting. you are one strong mommy. but YOU always have been. the very day i met you, there was no denying it. you are amazing.
as i always tell you, don't worry about the housework. it will always be there.
three cheers for the weekend!!!
and for mr. pearls & grace being there.
i hope you treat yourself to a little something something this weekend.

xoxo

Elizabeth said...

My significant other just started a new job. He is working 70-80 hours a week so I know what you mean about feeling like a single mom. Luckily, my mom is a huge help. She come to watch Ella everyday while I'm at work. We started potty training this week. It's going really, really well, but I admit it is a bit exhausting. By the end of the day I'm completly worn out and I only have 1 child! I can't imagine how challenging it must be for you. How do you potty train, feed all those mouths, have bath time,keep house, etc? I can barely do it with one child so I can only imagine with a whole house full. I know the 8 months must be so hard.....hopefully you can get a day to yourself soon and some rest. I too wish we lived closer. I dont have any mommy friends that live close except in blog world!

Bama Belle said...

You poor thing. I couldn't imagine doing all you do for 8 months. :) Praying for you sweet one. Love the fluffy shoes - what a great idea!!

kay said...

Just found your blog and love it, sounds like you really have your hands full! Wishing you all the best and a speedy recovery to you and your little ones!Love those pink shoes!

Sherrie said...

I hope you are all feeling better soon. We've had lots of illness around our house lately.

pink green & southern said...

My goodness those are some cute pictures!

I got food poisoning on my honeymoon. It's no fun, is it?! Glad you are finally feeling better.

I have been in your shoes with the commuting hubby too; also no fun. Will it be over soon? I sure hope so.

Have you found a church home there yet? I know some of those sweet Southern church ladies would just love to come over and drop off a casserole and cuddle your babies while they are at it!

Grace@ MammaInTheScene said...

ahhh potty training. I think I had a near break down the other day, as I thought about the little in my belly that will soon be here...and one day comes things like potty training.

Jenny Beth said...

We are about to start potty training so i may steal your heels idea. love that. i will surely be praying for you while you go it alone with those sweet ones. I laughed and then teared for you. SOO been there the past few weeks. Although my husband is home he has a full time job, a part time job, and goes to school part time so i see him saturday mornings and sundays. Its rough.

I ADORE your coffee cup and saucer. Have been looking for something just like this to match my everyday china (Emma from Pottery barn) is this Casafina China?

Much love Jenny beth at lifeonlyford.blogspot

Pearls and Grace said...

@Southern Belle and gCe~ Thank you so much! We are doing much better!

@lizziefitz- left you a message sister. Amen to that.

@Jennifer- Me too and we are going to plan a scrap box date. Can't wait!

@Nonny- I am praying we can take a vacation! I will be the one pulling a "Thelma and Louise" and riding with the window down and singing to the Heavens! :)

@Short & Sassy- Thank you . I love taking their pictures because they melt my heart!

@ Sweet Life- tears. And you are SO blessed to have a Mama like that and she is SO blessed to call you her own.

@Baby Mama- thank you and sending you prayers sweet friend.

@Susan- thank you for your offer to help :) Lord knows I could use a little here lately! We are still praying about a church home. Will you pray too? So there aren't any church ladies right now but we are praying that God would plant us where He wants us. I would love to serve, sow and just be a blessing to a beautiful body of Christ!

@Tamara~ So nice when others can relate:) I have a cheerful attitude somedays and other days I am a little "pressed" if you know what I mean! Thank you for your sweet words! Many Blessings to you!!

@Susan~ Oh Miss Pearl has the legs. Best set in the whole family. I've been chasing her since she was 9 months old.....

Pearls and Grace said...

@D.Domestic~Oh I decided not to scare you all away with the dreadful piles. It took 2 and almost 3 days to get it all done! I am thankful for my washer and dryer though. SO THANKFUL!!

@Preppy Mama~ Thank you so much. I am managing. Not always so well but if they are happy I am happy!
Letting go of perfect!

@Simply Mel~ I was overwhelmed trying to write about it! :) Oh yes, I love a hot cup of coffee or tea!

LC said...

Well Hello Ms Sibi Pine-Sol...
seems things have settled a bit there...I just about made a road trip up your way.....one of these day I just might. For coffee of course. The piles and messes can wait for another day. :)
Sending big hugs your way...and a few prayers. :)
xoxo
ps Congrats on the interview, loved hearing you share your life!! :)

Sarah said...

I understand where you are coming from on not having any help. The incredibly sad thing is that I LIVE IN THE SAME HOUSE AS MY MOTHER AND 15 YEAR OLD SISTER. MY 24 YEAR OLD SISTER LIVES 10 MINUTES AWAY and NONE of them give me any help with my kids at all. NONE AT ALL. I think it is royally crappy when you live in the same house as your family and they won't help. I am having to move back to the city that I used to live in to get help with my kids from my abusive, soon to be ex, husband. Yes, he's abusive, but atleast he can take the kids in the evenings so that I can get a break. It's really sad when that is a better choice than your own family. Grrrr. Ok end rant.