Can I just say that I LOVE me some Jon and Kate Plus 8
Today there was a (wait for it...) TWELVE-HOUR marathon! Now, normally the thought of watching more than an hour (or so) of television makes my head hurt. But when it comes to Cara, Mady, Alexis, Aaden (my personal favorite), Collin, Leah, Hannah, Joel, Kate, and Jon - I just can't get enough!
Chloe loves them too. She calls the entire show "Kate," which may be more accurate than she realizes.
I love Kate. Honestly, I do. And I pray for her often. Because I see so much of myself in her.
Really, I think the main reason I love this show is because Kate is a reminder to me that, even though we moms aren't always perfect, as long as there is love in our homes (and food on the table) our kids are going to be okay.
Sometimes I think we need to be reminded of that. I don't know about you, but I am my own worst critic when it comes to parenting and wife-dom. At the end of each day, I FIGHT with myself, trying NOT to think about all the things I did wrong - or could have done better - that day.
And sometimes it's a lonely place for us moms, because we think that maybe we're the only ones with these concerns, short-comings, and full-out failures.
Perhaps that's why I love bloggy-land so very much. I absolutely LOVE reading the daily activities and lessons of other moms with small children, because it reminds me that I'm not alone in my worries and concerns. It reminds me that we all struggle with the feeling of inadequacy in our looks, our homes, our relationships, and our parenting skills... at least every now and then.
I think, too, that might be why I love Jon and Kate so much. I SO identify with Kate. And I'm SO blessed by the fact that, even though she's a *bit* controlling, and a *little* obsessive-compulsive (not unlike myself), she is still able to love her children the way they need to be loved.
Still, over the past few weeks, I have realized that blogs and television shows aren't good enough substitutes for real-life mom-to-mom interaction. I NEED to be around other moms my age with small children.
Because sometimes, honestly, I feel like I'm the ONLY.ONE.IN.THE.WORLD.
So, to all you moms out there, do you ever feel the need to "fellowship" with other moms in your area? Where/how have you found such moms? What do you like/dislike about being around those moms and/or their children?
Aww, c'mon, don't be shy! Us moms need to stick together, yo!