When I think of the word “accomplishment”, my brain goes back to the days when I was in school and working a full time job: Finished papers, deadlines met, finalized expense reports. I certainly don’t think of the 14 diapers I changed, or the three meals I prepared for my family, or the bathroom I cleaned all within the last 12 hours. In fact, when I was asked to write about a notable recent accomplishment, I drew a complete blank. My life as a mother of three little children is a cycle of tasks and math equations, all beginning and ending in the same exact place. In the morning, I have two hours to get all of them fed, cleaned, dressed and ready for the next activity. We navigate the peaks and valleys until 7:00 rolls around and we’re back to the beginning again.
I’m going on five years of this, but some things are still hard to get used to. My days are full, my life is full. But my life and days are also full of unfinished projects, dishes left in the sink unwashed, bills unpaid, myself even sometimes unkempt. Some days an accomplishment can be 20 photos edited, a blog post published and emails responded to on top of a perfectly managed day with the kids. Other days, accomplishment can simply mean my teeth are brushed before I go to bed.
On Saturday our normally shy, quiet little boy put on a uniform and joined 15 children his age and older and played in his first tee-ball game. He batted, threw and caught balls and even made a few new friends. He’s growing up so quickly and leaving behind the insecurities associated with his speech delay. Watching his confidence blossom is one of the most wonderful things that I’ve seen as a parent.
The big kids started swim lessons at the local Y on Sunday. Jack jumped into the water on his own, through his tears of apprehension. This is a boy that is quite fearful that he “not can breathe” in the water, and he fought right through that fear on his own. He’s not convinced that he wants to go back, but we’re past the initial difficult part.
I may not have had many concrete accomplishments the past few weeks, but there have been many milestones and as a parent that TOTALLY counts.
Raising children isn’t just work, it’s my greatest accomplishment.
Quaker recently realized a goal that they have worked on a long time: Their new Crunchy Cookies and Soft Baked Cookies. Their newest products are available in several flavors , are 170-180 calories each, made with whole grains and contain zero trans fats. I’m a sucker for a cookie, and these are nice because their individually wrapped and actually taste good (microwave them for a few seconds and hello, mega treat!).
In honor of accomplishing their goal, Quaker and I are excited to offer one of you a $75 Visa gift card to help you reach one of your goals.
Leave a comment telling us something you recently accomplished. It can be anything (obviously)!
For each of the above, leave a separate comment telling me you did so or already do.
Contest will run from today, April 18th until next Friday, April 27th. Winner will be selected randomly. Good luck!
I was compensated for this campaign with Quaker. Quaker is also providing the prize. All opinions are my own.