Monday, December 12, 2011

in {her} shoes...jen

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happy monday!  i've been one busy momma this past weekend! it's finals week for me and i'm trying to get LoTS of things done in very LiTTLe tiME.  i can't wait until the end of the week when things at school are wrapped up!  i still have a bunch of Christmas presents to make!  i'll be posting them as soon as i make them.'s  in {her} shoes guest blogger is Jen from the Kitchen Counter Chronicles!  she has soooo many fun projects plus a frequent spotlight of other bloggers ((and their kitchen counters))!  isn't that a cute idea!!  check out her story, then head over and say hi!

When I agreed to take part in this guest post I thought it would be easy to write a post about life in my shoes. How hard could it be? They are my shoes...right? Hmmm...then why was this so hard to write?

I suppose that any exercise that involves stopping and examining your life can be both enlightening and challenging. Life in my shoes is pretty good. I’m a stay at home mom to two beautiful, funny and smart girls. My husband is my friend and this year we are celebrating 20 years since our very first high school. See, life is pretty good.

My shoes have carried me down many paths over the years - mother isn’t the only role that I have play - it’s just the one I’m performing right now. When I think about my life and what values I wish to pass on to my girls the first thing that pops into my mind is empathy. Unfortunately, this is a tough one to “teach”. I sort of think empathy is learned through experience...and you either get it or you don’t. My wish is that some day when my daughters are faced with the choice of sitting beside a stranger and listening to that person's story, they will choose to take the time. How do you teach that?!

Am I idealistic? Not sure. Am I realistic? Not sure. Am I cynical? Not sure. Those are the things I’m not so sure about. What I do know is that being at home and spending this time with my girls is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. On the other hand, I walked away from a career that I loved. I gave up the social part of me that was growing so nicely. True, I got a lot in exchange...but it is still challenging being a stay at home mom.

If you asked my girls to describe me...well, I shiver to think what they might say. I’m sure it would be something like; she’s crafty, she’s a good baker, she likes to garden, she always wants a hug. I hope this is what they would say. When they are teenagers, I’m sure things will change. I’ll take what I can get, while I can get it.

So, the shoes I wear these days are comfortable and ready for anything - kind of like me!
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