It's true. My husband has said so more often than I can count recently...but best of all, my three and a half year old bundle of perfection just told me so!
We seem to have what many would consider a "tough year" most years in this family. It all simply amounts to being the stuff of life that all the good moments happen around, but this year in particular, we started with close to $100K in consumer debt (not counting mortgages and car payments), and we are now exiting the year with half that problem. While we started out fighting every unknown bug that could affect a tiny little human, we are now exiting with very distinct bugs and we've not had too terrible a time of it since tonsils and adenoids were removed in February.
And while we're much, much, much happier than we were last January (anti depressants and half the debt problem with limited illnesses is the magic answer), we're sending 2013 out with what appears to be a flaming stake up the arse hole. In our general geographic area, the kids have been plagued with an outbreak of gastroenteritis in epic proportions, and now we're dealing with one hell of a head cold, which is robbing people of their will to live. And I without a sick day left to my name, my grandmother has had an accident, my mother has needed help taking care of her, and I have been trying to be the model parent of a sick kid at the same time that I'm trying to be a model employee and model grand/daughter. Them's the breaks. I always told my mom I wanted to be supermom...now karma's kicking me in the teeth...asking me how's that feel?
But I'll tell you, the suffering, the sleeplessness, the emotional binge eating and general slavery for others is worth it, when your husband hollers from the rooftops how much he loves and appreciates everything you do. And when in a moment of pure perfection, your sick child looks over at you, strokes your cheek gently and whispers "you're a good mommy".
I wish we could ring the bells on 2013 right this very second. I want to leave it feeling like this. I want to greet 2014 with more optimism, hope and energy than I had last January. God I hope nothing else tries to kill the holidays for me between now and then.