Guest Writer - Carly Bennet
Mums Keep Going
You are doing a wonderful job.
Hi my name is Carly; I am a wife of almost six years to Michael and a mother of five. Michael is a research agronomist at the Minnipa Agricultural Centre, South Australia.
Abbey just turned 5 (but not at school yet), Jamie is 3½, Lauren is 2 and Jake and Alex are my 1 year old twins. We live in a tiny town called Minnipa on the Eyre Peninsula with a population of around 100.
If you’re wondering where Minnipa is, it’s approximately 6 hours drive west of Adelaide, but more like 8-10 hours with little children! Michael’s family are living in Adelaide and my family are in Sydney, yes I am a city girl. Since having the twins we have had many exciting and memorable times and some very hairy times. We thought we were busy before, but I think busy has now been recalibrated.
I have three children in cloth nappies and three children not walking. Lauren is hyper flexible which has delayed her walking. I feel as though I have three babies. Before you start thinking that I am a super woman/super mum and think that you could never do that, I would like you to jot down on a piece of paper the same kinds of points I did, but about yourself. You will be amazed at your achievements and how far God has bought you. I believe more and more that God has made mothers truly amazing. amazing. They go above and beyond the call of duty, they continue to care for their children when they feel as though they could not muster one more ounce of caring, then nurture when they have not slept, brushed their teeth, or showered. A simple hug from their children can reassure and encourage a burnt out mess of a woman that it is all worth while and okay.
With little children around, mothers get stressed because their house often looks like a bomb has hit and you can’t catch up. It’s only for a season. What encourages me a lot was remembering a question that my mother asked me over the phone one day when I was teary about the state of my house and the fact that she was 1,800 km away. Do you remember what your house looked like (in terms of neatness) before you were 5 years old? No I didn’t, I replied. Well what makes you think that your children will be any different? They will remember your love and the fun times that they had. Don’t be hard on yourself. God is slowly working on me to be less hard on myself. Some days I do better than others. Rest assured God is in control and everything will be okay. Take courage! “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” 2 Chronicles 15:7 “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12: