Saturday, October 9, 2010

A complete U Turn....

I started pulling out my Halloween decorations (my kids have been bugging me for a week) and I was going to originally write my post about that. When I decided to write this blog I was going to dedicate it to "Our crazy life" not just decoration and renovating. I find it to be my therapy sometimes. I have one close friend that I can talk to about everything but she lives 4 hours away and I only talk to her a couple times a month. My family is no longer as close as I would like, in heart not proximity, so I find that sometimes I have no one to confide in. It helps me to write, even if no one is reading. I'm not going to be one of those bloggers who goes out and spends a fortune to totally redecorate their homes just to snap a few pictures and show off to blogland. I don't have the time or money for that. I love going to the Goodwill and thrift stores to find something old and seeing how little I can spend. It's the bargain hunter in me and if I were to win the lottery I would still try to find the perfect deal.

I didn't get married until I was 32, I wasn't a mother until I was 34. I lived by myself for 10 years and had parties and went to parties. I dated, had fun, had a career, had a house, drank to excess, went shopping and did all the things a young person should do. I also tucked myself into bed every night and didn't have anyone to check on or kiss while they were asleep. The only thing I ever wanted to be when I was little was my Mother. We had a perfect childhood. My Dad was home every night at 6:00 for dinner my Mamma came to every school function. She packed lunches, checked homework, broke up fights and kissed us goodnight every night. She didn't have a "girls weekend", didn't see her friends for lunch or drinks, didn't work outside the home. My Dad took us places; to the park, long drives for lunch, to the drive in movies (telling my age!), showed up for every Choral concert I had and yelled "Way to go Kathy" every time he saw me. I adored my Grandparents and all of my extended family (there are a lot of us!).

Being a wife has had it's challenges but being a Mother is all encompassing. At least that's the way choose to live it. Right now it's not about me or my husband; it's about our kids. "Home is where the heart is" I always knew that but not until I had kids did completely understand it. You see, when your children are born your heart leaves your body - all of the sudden your heart is walking around with someone else! I have found I do somethings different than my Mother. I do have lunch with my friends, sometimes even drinks. I have a part time job and I'm certainly not as patient but at the end of the day my children and my husband love me and I want to be Home with them as much as I can.

Pretty soon my kids will be too old to hang out with their parents so while they are young I'm going to take advantage of every minute I can get. My son once told me he felt bad because before I had kids I could do what I wanted, when I wanted. I explained that he was right, but I had had my time to do those things and now was his and Louisa's turn. When they got older I would have "my time" again (although I probably won't want it!).

I'm not trying to keep up with the Jones or anyone else. I'm just trying to keep with with my family and hope that when my children are grown they'll think I did a good job and want to come back to see me.



  1. Kathy I love you post! I played and was single into my late 20's. Did all that wild and wooly stuff. Married and had two children and would not trade the changes they brought to my life for anything! They are grown now and I am so proud of the adults they have become. I am about to be a Grandma for the first time come April and I can't wait. I can now do what I want and I do, but family is still the heart of my home!

  2. Kathy,

    I often consider how blogs I read differ from each other. Usually the difference is one type focuses on writing about a house, while the other writes about a home. Homes tell endearing stories that last lifetimes. I so enjoy yours.

    Your Friend,

  3. I love your blog! There are so many endearing moments - your kids are adorable. My husband I don't have kids yet, but enjoy visiting with our friends who do. I think the best part about your blog is that it's real. The ones where everything is always perfect are tiring. Plus your house is beautiful and I love your paint colors! I don't think most people want to live in a perfect staged house even if given the choice. My mother keeps her home that way and I find it exhausting.

  4. I like what you wrote today. I was married at the age of 18 and was 21 when I had our first child. I am thankful for the time I was able to spend with our children. We did not have much but enjoyed using what we did have to make our house a home. My children are grown but Goodwill and Garage Sale shopping is still my favorite. Bless you as you continue to be the mother and wife you were meant to be.

  5. this was such a sweet post. I hope your children look back on this someday and smile. :)


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