Tuesday, February 26, 2013

One Day





You may or may not have noticed that i've been feeling rather four-letter-word-ish lately. It's hot and i'm pregnant- need I say more?

Most days I've found myself swinging between screaming at my beautiful innocent children and crying about screaming at my beautiful innocent children. It's less than ideal.

I've been consoled by one armed hugs from my wounded mother (she broke her shoulder, remember) and blocks of Cadbury Willy Wonker chocolate. My bra's and underpants no longer fit me and even my husband inquired about the size of my bum, let's not mention what my daughter thinks of my face!

Despite the odds, this morning I awoke (after about 4 hours of sleep) and decided that I just HAD to get on top of things. No. More. Crying.

Naturally, I can't get on top of things on my own so I called my broken mother and grey haired father for moral support. They got out their pom pom's and cheered me on. Then they got in their car - my dad with his wipper snipper and mower, my mum with a bag of books and special toys.

They arrived at my house and tirelessly worked. My dad lingered in the sun for two hours to get our filthy yard under control while mum read stories and played with the kids.

When they left my children were in bed and my lawns were neat and tidy.

I simply can't express my gratitude for my mum and dad. They are ALWAYS there when I need them, no exceptions. ever.

They are the greatest example of God's love that i've ever known. Unconditional, practical and present.

Mum and Dad, thank you.

One day, ONE DAY I will be able to give back a little bit of what you've given to me.

One day.



I'm enjoying talking with you about your wonderful parents over here.

33 comments:

  1. Parents are the best...and while I think you realise that a little bit your whole life, you don't fully realise it until you become a parent yourself.

    When I was at boarding school my mother used to drive about an hour to pick up my dirty laundry and bring back my clean clothes, all ironed and folded and always with a box of brownies tucked in amongst my tee shirts. She did this every week.
    And because I was a horrible adolescent girl I never acknowledged her effort...the fact that she took two hours out of her weekend and untold time out of her week to look after me.
    Instead I was probably concerned that my friends see my mom walking into the dorm wearing something dorky.
    Sorry Mom!

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  2. Thank GOD for Mums and Dads. Payback comes for us in about thirty years I think. I look forward to it!

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    1. ahahah I know! I look forward to it too! and just think- our kids will be old enough to pitch in also!

      xx

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  3. im one of the lucky ones as well....never any doubt ...my folks have my back and they are one of the reasons that my life is so bloody great!......im so gonna pick a flashy nursing home!!! x

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    1. ahahhaha I hope my dad reads this comment- it will give him a good laugh!


      xo em

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  4. So beautiful Em, now I'M teary. It's those little things that they do, which seem so effortless to them, but mean the world to us. It's just pure love, at it's finest. I'm so glad you had a good day sweetheart, you deserve it xo

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  5. I have parents that live extremely close but are the complete opposite to yours (if you get what I mean!). I , on the other hand was a grand child of very active and present grandparents - your children will always know and remember the love and presence of your Mum & Dad. Please let me know if you want to rent them out? :) xx

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  6. Amazing parents!!! Also, you are so gorgeous!! Every time I look at your bump photos I'm like, 'wow, what a stunner!' It pains me to hear you being mean to yourself, please don't! Seriously, you are a beauty, and inspirational to boot x

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    1. Yor are far to kind Stella! I'm really not mean to myself- it's tongue in cheek really!

      It's natural to have a huge rump during pregnancy! ;)

      xo em

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  7. You're very lucky to have such great parents, not that I need to tell you that.
    Hope your mum's recovery is going well.

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  8. I think those pregnancies don't get easier as you get older, be gentle on yourself, it'll pass. Your mum and dad sound ace, mine live in another country which renders them only good for chats. I had a feb baby it is definitely not an ideal time to be pregnant.

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  9. Oh Em, it is clearly evident you come from a homely, loving, caring family! I also am blessed with an active Mum and Dad (more my mother, my Dad is a work-o-holic) before I was living here in Noosa, I was living back at home in NZ (6 months ago) and my mum was around often, helping with piles of washing and most importantly playing with the boys, sometimes I just wanted to sit with her and drink coffee and eat cake, but my Mum loves to be active and help...like yours it seems (not complaining:) I really do miss my mums support, and if we were to have another baby here in Noosa, Id' be craving her like no means.
    P.s I think you're gorgeous, plus EVERYONE gets bigger during pregnancy, im kind of slimish but I also grew out of ALL my undies, and ALL my bras (had to by those stretch bras with no wire because they just got bigger. and bigger.
    Chin up and make some relaxing happen.
    x

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  10. Oh honey, what awesome parents you have! If you are ever melting, drop me an email and we'll sort out deets so you can come and play in air-con! (That's if you don't mind toys strewn everywhere, and crunchy bits of last nights dinner still hiding under the table!)
    Sheree

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  12. Thank God for awesome parents. I have a set myself. My little sister says its amazing how mum can know the difference between a daughter who needs her dishes done for her and one who needs to be told to do them yourself.

    Love how honest you are!

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  13. Can your Mum and Dad adopt me? Every time you feel gross about your body, put your hands on your tummy and think of how wonderfully clever and amazing your body is. After you are growing a whole human, and so many women (me) would love to be able to do that. Women need to stop being so harsh about their own bodies and other women's, but instead rejoice in how amazing they are.


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  14. You are very lucky to have each other. x

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  15. we've all be in the "four letter wordish" world at some point. How positively wonderful that you felt free to call for help and that your parents were there for you. Bliss! The best is yet to come.

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  16. I hope you are a bit more cheered up now and the tears go away for a while (bad bad hormones)! Your stories make me smile, love your humour, wishing you a lovely week! /maria x

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  17. oh bless you and bless them! hurrah for mums and dads. if its any consolation we all are inspired by you, hugs from me to you x

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  18. This is so wonderful! I love how you see your family so often, it is beautiful :)

    I got an awful haircut recently - I felt so ugly for days and my kind mother offered to take me to her hairdressers with her and pay for highlights, I am so grateful.

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  19. Such an incredible blessing, Em.
    Ronnie xo

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  20. What a blessing some parents are! Hope things are feeling better today! - Chantelle.

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  21. Hats off to your parents! They're good like that ... and it's even better that you knew when to ask for help!

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  22. Oh, so lovely. Fantastic that they support you so well, and that you can ask... I'm envious.

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  23. It is hard to be pregnant and have two babes to wrangle. I totally get you at the moment, our number three is due next week, I'm hoping it will arrive in the next two days! It's been the most difficult pregnancy a joy and a wonder yes, yet at the same time a struggle and haaaarrrd work. While our baby is small by all accounts (not complaining about the small measurements) my arse is......well it is compensating it is huge! consequently I have only two outfits that still fit me rather depressing. but I have to keep telling myself it is for the greater good - I said that earlier as I tucked into the chocolate.

    I'm wrapped that you have such great support that is such a blessing. It is beautiful how often you acknowledge how great your parents are in your families life.

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  24. Beautiful and such a blessing to have such wonderful people in your life. xx

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  25. ♥♥♥... made my heart smile. xx

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  26. Oh Em, what a beautiful post. Honest, as always. I too spend most days screaming at my beautiful children and then crying about screaming about my beautiful children. And I too would be a much bigger mess without parents and parents-in-law. They are the BEST!

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  27. On Monday, my mum and dad are preparing to help me move house (as an adult) for literally the umpteenth time. I'm not really sure how I'll ever really repay them for what they've done for me growing up, let alone the support they've offered during a rather (shall we say) icky break up in my 30s (why do they get worse the older you get??) I think the least I can do is make sure I spend a bit more time with them (just the three of us), sitting, chatting, not chatting & generally enjoying each other's company. That'll be a start at least.

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  28. Paybacks for your Mum and Dad is you being happy and healthy and less stressed :)

    Enjoy the rest of your pregnancy :)

    MC x

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em