I think it’s because I had so little growing up. I can’t seem to know when enough is enough…most especially with clothes. I just finished going through Alli’s closet which I do about once a season. My SIL blessed me with TONS of clothes when Alli was born. I’ll be honest though…after 10 years and 3 boys…I wanted to buy my OWN stuff for my baby girl so Alli, no doubt, has an extra overabundance. My newest niece was born at Thanksgiving so last fall I cleaned out everything under 12 months and gave it away. I was able to give her 6, yes SIX, rubbermaid tubs (the big ones) of things PLUS sell about $60 worth of stuff. That should give you a hint of my problem. (..hey at least I’m getting rid of it now that I’ve figured out I have a problem) So tonight I put away a tub of winter stuff from last season that may still fit in the fall, a tub of winter stuff that was too big, a small box of summer things that are too big still, and one box and one bag of miscellaneous stuff to go to my niece. Alli needed to go to bed before I finished but I have 2 diaper boxes full of things for consignment (why not prepare now?) and one tub full of things she is wearing now that need to go on hangers.
All of this started because my mother bought a new bedroom suite.
Yep! It’s all her fault. LOL.
The good news is that she has decided to do some things she’s always wanted to do. I’m so proud of her changes. And I benefit by getting a dresser for Alli’s room. Which means that I get rid of the changing table (which I also plan to take to the consignment sale!!). And that makes my heart skip a little beat. We are well on our way to a house without a baby. How scary is THAT???? AFter fourteen years of baby stuff…. wow. 🙂
Funny though – earlier today I had the exact opposite thought process. My friend Amanda sweetly invited us to enjoy her parents’ pool, so I packed a lunch and off we went. It was a HOT day here in the south, already close to 90 when I got there at 11am. We did, indeed, enjoy the pool, enjoy our lunch and then relaxed a bit. The girls are gone for 3 weeks (…breathe katy, breathe…you CAN do this alone…giggle) so I just had the 4 youngest. Nicholas and Jacob can swim well – though I still make Jake wear the arm floats. Sam is proficient with the arm floats and Alli is content for spurts in the baby float. So I got them settle and I propped myself in a lounge chair where I soaked in the sun and watched dear Amanda try to entertain her 9 month old and chase her 2 year old all while attempted to carry-on a civil conversation with me. THAT’s when I thought…. ahhh – no more babies ….. LOL! It was just one of those moments where I realized that have self-sufficient children is actually pretty cool !! I wouldn’t give up not a single one of my children willingly and I will never, never hope/wish that I didn’t have a large family. However – my heart knew when we were done. Peace. Not easy to come by in most things in life. No doubts here though.
Tomorrow is church in the AM and then a bday party for a friend – whole family invited. Monday is back to work.
I do have something that’s been weighing pretty heavily on my mind and I’m hoping to have some peace about that towards the end of next week. Any prayers are appreciated.