I know that your exhausted, and that you haven't had an uninterrupted nights' sleep in way too long.
I see the tears that slip through in tandem with those of your colicky baby.
I understand your sadness and the price you'd pay to have your husband home with you.
I know your struggle!
And, I am here to tell you, that this time, this moment in your life is fleeting. That in those nights of unexplainable hardness, you will persevere and look back years later in awe of your strength. The night may be long now but this journey is short.
In all honesty, few things in life are harder than those moments of being a single mom for months on end. It is physically, emotionally and mentally trying. You may feel like your a mess most of time, but the truth is, you have things together more than you realize.
Don't be discouraged in this challenge. Every day that goes by is one more day where you've risen above the flood water. Cut yourself a break, don't feel guilty for thinking this job is hard...because it is!
Find a balance in your life, don't let unrealistic exceptions set the tally sheet of your accomplishments.
Be inspired to know that during this time of endless days and nights with your multiple young children, you've given your husband a priceless amount of support. Looking back from the civilian world, I can tell you how important these days will be to your spouse. So much of who they are comes from the time spent in service. The hard work you do now affords your spouse the ability to do their hard work. In turn this strengthens your marriage and gives your children the rich benefit of a great team for their whole lives.
I never knew how much I could handle till I journeyed through being a single mom for months with my 3 little children. All under the age of 5.
If you'd have asked me at the time, I don't think I could have told you how I did it. I simply did, because I had to, I wanted to. And because I knew, that every struggle I went through was shaping me to become a better wife, mother and person.
I learned to let others help me, to accept the gift of service. I learned to take each day and not focus on what I couldn't control. I learned that often giving sacrificial love comes from my heart's attitude.
So, to the Military Wife who has Young Children....I want you to know that it's hard, but, the courage of perseverance is the success of tomorrows!
A little story for you....
This was me...it was my oldest child's Pre-K Graduation. My youngest would not stop crying (pretty sure it was time for a feeding) and my middle would not stay still. (BTW, she had decided that this deployment was a good time to potty train.)
I was desperately trying to listen to the story my oldest had written (about her Daddy). (And, I'm pretty sure this beautiful book got left at the school, still can't find it.) Later that day, my husband would be returning from his deployment overseas! But, this picture perfectly described my life for much of that deployment. I can remember what I felt that day and other days like it. It was hard, I cried a lot and slept little. But, I can look back to this picture and be inspired that I did it! I pray you will be inspired by your journey too!