I was looking up quotes for simplifying life, and found some wonderful ones by Marjorie Pay Hinckley (a Mother herself)! It is always good to hear wisdom from someone, who has been there done that. I do think that we as Mothers, especially young Mothers ...try to do it all, and I personally don't think it is even possible! But learning to prioritize would be a start, that is why I liked this first quote...
"We women have a lot to learn about simplifying our lives. We have to decide what is important and then move along at a pace that is comfortable for us. We have to develop the maturity to stop trying to prove something. We have to learn to be content with what we are."
As I watch young Mothers now, I vividly remember some of the same joys, trials, frustrations that they are having. I too have been there, done that and just count myself thankful... that I lived to tell about it! Some times, you just have to laugh or smile, because you can't change the situation. And in the long run ( with some things ) it won't make that much difference any way!
"The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache."
If I could give any advice to you young Moms, who are trying so hard...it would be SLOW DOWN and try to enjoy your little ones more, they will be grown before you know it! I too have to remember this, even as an Old Mom, I still have to watch how I spend my time and energy. Remember Motherhood is the toughest and yet the best job! So try to enjoy it more!
"I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails.
I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp.
I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children.
I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's garden.
I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder.
I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived."
— Marjorie Pay Hinckley