Monday, March 28, 2011

A Slice of Life

Ok so I'm not sure if you can tell from this picture, but Jayci is giving me her best sassy face. In fact, she wasn't doing it on command, rather it was her response to my request for a smile. Because basically her answer to EVERY SINGLE THING that I ask of her these days is a loud and emphatic "NO." Which is especially fun when accompanied by screaming and hitting, particularly in public places. It's like she can smell my fear of humiliation and knows my moment of weakness. Sigh.
The truth is that parenting her feels a little bit like a battle these days (a battle I am undoubtedly losing). Not to say there are not moments of joy and fun and laughter too, but I am straight exhausted at the end of the day (not to mention the exhaustion that already comes from being pregnant and homeless (well, that's a slight exaggeration. It would be more accurate to say "not having our own space"), and Adam working 15 hours a day on the house (leaving before she wakes up and coming home after she's in bed). I'm tired and discouraged and just want sassy Jayci to disappear for a while so I can have a few days of peace without batting every decision.

Ok enough complaining, I just wanted to get your pity and admiration for all I'm doing  portray accurately and fully what our lives look like these days. And that sassy face right there? Pretty much sums it up.

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15 comments:

  1. ohhhh...how I don't miss that age! Parenting is just manual labor... praying that stage passes quickly for you! ; )

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  2. Hi Becca! This season that you and I are both in is one where days are long, but the years are short. You aren't losing the battle. The Lord's sanctifying you through the very process of parenting!

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  3. Love the sassy face. We call this the "Zoolander" face in my house - my kids will do it on demand now. Though it's a hard time - she is adorable!

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  4. I always love when you enter! My sassy girl is now 6...and trust me they get sassier the older they get! Although I have discovered 6 is MUCH easier than 2! Adorable photo!

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  5. Kudos to you my friend. You have my sympathy. I think you captured her sassy-ness wonderfully.http

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  6. Been there, seen that (one too many times) People say the terrible twos; oh no it's the terrible threes and fours.

    If it's any consolation, you are not alone we all go through this at one point in life. And you got a SUPER pic out of it.

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  7. It has been a while since I have blog stalked anyone, and what do I find!? That you and I are in the EXACT same boat, girl! {Well, except that I am NOT pregnant and not homeless either} but other than that, I feel ya! lol I am sorry you are having tough time. I hope it gets better QUICKLY for you! Bc I know I sure want it to be over for me quickly, too!

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  8. Oh Becca! MAN oh MAN! You know, I vaguely remember that stage. For us it was more the three's than the two's. I didn't think it would ever end. But look at that! I blinked, and he is 11! And sometimes, I wish he was always around to tell me whatever it is he is thinking and feeling. Now he is off with his friends. It will end. Just as quickly as it began : )
    I am excited about all the great things that are happening at the house. So happy for you. Much, much love, Becky

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  9. I LOVE what Ruth at Gracelaced said: "This season that you and I are both in is one where days are long, but the years are short." Oh, how true that is. It seems almost eternal right now, but suddenly, you'll blink, and your girl will be heading into middle school. And then high school (and driving... yikes!). And then.. college.. and beyond. The wheels turn faster and faster, so just hold on to the One Hand that can keep you on a steady track. Stay strong, stay firm... you'll look back and realize that as long as you discipline with love, then you're following in HIS footsteps. Oh, and I think her sassy face is pretty cute, but shhhhh... don't let HER know that! ;<)

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  10. i love the little sassy phase... and i agree that parenting seems a lot harder when you are pregnant and homeless (i was both in a sense just a couple weeks ago too!)

    Oh hey our youth group is going on a missions trip to atlanta this summer (i won't be able to go seeing as i will be quite pregnant) but i thought of you & your ministry! is there any way they could get involved at all? they are still in the research stage of planning the ministries!

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  11. Oh yes....trust me, at least at THIS age, you still get the cuddling and the squishy, slobbery kisses. Pretty soon, they will be 15 and still give you that emphatic NO and the arguing and screaming and fit throwing....with very very few of those love moments that keep you from leaving them at the grocery store on "accident". :D HAHAHAHAHA!!

    Parenting is hard, but then you look back when they are older and you don't remember how hard it was, you only remember those squishy soft kisses and the cuddling. {sigh} It goes by SO fast!

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  12. Oh goodness! I can relate! I have a 4 year old son. From what I have read, they act as they do at this age to "assert their independence." Doesn't mean it's any easier for us, right!?

    Good luck! She's a cutie though!

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  13. Oh girl. Your posts scare me. BG is already showing some of this sassiness and inability to listen and she's not even one! To hear it just gets worse scares me! But.. how lucky are we to have such independent, strong willed girls!

    at least that's what i tell myself about 100 times a day :)

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  14. aww, mama! I know how tired you feel! That pic is adorable though ;) Hopefully it is a short lived stage, we all understand :) I hope you get so much rest, very soon! Hugs!!

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