One of the big things that we have to do as a part of Operation Hope is trying to get our lives back together.
Of all the things that we have to accomplish and all the challenges that must be met, the most difficult for me is picking up the pieces and moving forward.
I realize that may sound a bit cliche but it is what it is.
Trying to get our lives in track is no easy task. In fact, at times I feel it’s impossible.
I so desperately want to be free from all the baggage we’ve collected over the years. I want to see the boys happy and healthy. I want to be caught up on our bills and dramatically improve our living environment.
However, to do this is challenging.
As I walked around my house, I’m completely overwhelmed by chaos. We love in a really old house and so dust is a big problem. It’s an even bigger problem when you have kids with asthma.
I’m not lazy, I’m just constantly running around putting out one fire after another, with no end in sight.
When I do find time to straighten up, it’s undone before I can even sit down and enjoy the fruits of my labors. It’s very much like raking leaves in the middle of Fall. No sooner do you get the leaves raked and bagged, you turn around and the trees have vomited leaves all over the yard once again.
After a little while, it becomes discouraging and even demoralizing.
Aside from the housework, just staying on top of everything the boys need is a full time job in and of itself.
I haven’t figured out how to even know where to start and I think that’s key.
Rob Gorski :
I have been in this exact situation! Cleaning and personal chores will have to wait….my son’s quality of life (developmental intervention, stable mood, healthy activity, etc..) is higher priority. Yes, my procrastination (reading Facebook or being on the computer LOL) is partly to blame but the demands of others are still there. My daughter who does not have ASD is also keeping me extremely preoccupied and is making me feel overwhelmed when she has a huge tantrum (I thought I could handle every single tantrum…not!). Though she is still young (8 years) she constantly needs guidance. Every single kid does. Parents like us have to help the kids develop into mature, civil people.
If we can take a little time to do the smallest chore or cleaning we will make some strides. Look at it as “work in progress”…be patient and praise yourself when you at least do one thing to clean the house. Right now I have to rent a truck to get all my junk out of the house…Oy…we gotta laugh at it sometimes…
@GildaMSanchez @Rob Gorski my kids are so good at undoing everything we try to get done. If only they used their powers for good. 😉
It is just like herding cats.