On Having It All Together

momsgotittogetherIf you run into a mom who claims to “have it all together” run away! Fast!

The truth is, none of us have it together.

Some of us may have part of it together, but not everything. For instance, breastfeeding was always really easy for me, so I breezed through that part of motherhood. But potty training? Kindergarten homework? Keeping up with laundry? Sending a kid off to basic training? Nope. I got through those with a little coffee and a whole lot of Jesus.

I’ve learned some “cheats” over the years. I rely heavily on “systems”.

I can usually keep about three plates spinning at a time, after that I start dropping plates.

As women, we have been told we can have it all. And, we kind of can–just not all at once!

And, I must say, a supportive husband is the reason that I am together as I am! He can “motivate” our kids in ways that I cannot. The things that stress me out (money? plumbing? getting the lawn mowed?) are totally not a big deal for him. Some would say that we are kind of a “Leave it to Beaver” couple, but I like it that way.

It is easier to feign having it together as your kids get a little older. With the youngest now being six-years-old, I rarely walk around with spit-up on my good work jacket anymore. Of course, once the kids are older, they can tattle, and take great joy in letting others know just how NOT together you are!

A good sense of humor and quick wit can carry you far.

A thick skin can take you even farther.

But, whatever stage you are in, hang in there. This battle is worthwhile. What you are doing is noble. And just remember, God’s got this!


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Written by Dakotapam
I'm a Lutheran pastor's wife and mom to six kids, including young adult sons down to 8-year old twin daughters. My life is sometimes normal, and sometimes crazy; but through it all, I know that I am blessed! Some people say that I have my hands full, I prefer to call it living life with both hands full, and I love it!