Some mothers struggle with having the birth they wanted.

Some mothers struggle with breastfeeding.

Some mothers struggle with the many important decisions we have to make as parents.

#thestruggleisreal has never made more sense than it does when applied to motherhood….


Do you want to know the biggest struggle I have faced as a parent?

The thing that shocked me and I never expected when becoming a mom for the first time.

The thing that I have only struggled with more and more as the years have gone on.

The thing that I must work on everyday as my family grows.



Getting out the door.

Getting ready to leave has never been such a daunting task as it is now that I am a mother.

The simple act of leaving the house, has become an entire play that needs orchestrating.

What use to take a matter of minutes has turned into long hours, weeks of preparations, and to do lists a mile long.


When I had my first child I learned of this extremely time consuming change that was now my life.

Adding two more kids over the course of 5 years has made getting out the door more time consuming than I ever could have guessed.

Going to the store is a fiasco, everyone has to go potty as we are leaving.

Going to the park is a mess, the favorite toy, the sock puppet, and all of the blankets MUST come with us.

Don’t even get me started on a weekend trip away.

That is actually what sparked this blog post.

Today I packed for a weekend trip away.

We are going to a wedding with the whole family to Ohio.

We will literally be gone for 48 hours.

It looks like I packed for at least two weeks.

I have been slowly setting things aside and making lists for days, and we still left 3 1/2 hours behind schedule.

Yes, you read that right. THREE AND A HALF HOURS.

The mini van (that I never thought I’d own…) is packed to the brim and I have way too many outfits, snacks, and toys in here.


But as we drive down the road on our way to the wedding, I can’t help but feel grateful.

I noticed in the flurry of checking the last essential items off of the list, that I am extremely happy, despite the chaos.

I have a huge smile on my face even though we are HUGELY late.

I am so excited to be able to go on this trip!

I noticed when cleaning up and taking out the trash, that without these awesome kids, life would be so boring.

Yes, we might actually be on time if I wasn’t responsible for getting 4 ¬†humans ready to leave, but how predictable would that life be?

So yeah… the struggle of getting out the door came as a shocker to me when I first became a mom.

It has been one of the most frustrating things FOR ME to deal with as a mama.

Yes, it’s hard.

Yes, I am still working on it daily.

No, I wouldn’t give it up or change it for the world.

Because everyday and every struggle is only teaching me to become better.


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