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  1. Kenneth Andersen says:

    Thank you for this, I have to remind myself that test make me strong. Humility and surrender puts the power of love from God, and to remain true to self means to not forget that I was created in his beautiful creation…he runs the show, I like but we enjoy it for what is in this world. Dr. Pepper, sleeping in, and any other joy doesn’t come without having to go through some type of a frustration or test…because we can’t score it appropriately.

    Thank you for your post.

  2. Jessica says:

    Hi Courtney! I just found your blog on the picket fences website & just subscribed. We have some things in common…well, mommyhood of course! But I am also a graphic designer & love photography. I look forward to reading more of your posts. If you get a chance, stop by my little space, here: http://www.mommyhoodbyjess.com ~Jessica

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  4. Jessica says:

    Oh my goodness! I’m soooo happy I “lurked” 🙂 and found your blog! You literally just made me feel sane…I can relate to everything.
    Life just gets overwhelming and we need our lil moments.
    I have 2 boys under 2…and a 24hr drive from family. (we’re military too)
    Island fever kicked in a month after my first was born.
    Finding you just made my year 🙂 thank you.
    You are a wonderful Mommy!!!

    • Courtney says:

      Aww, yay! I’m happy you lurked your way over, too! Always excited to have new readers! I can’t imagine 2 under 2…I know you have your hands full. Being a military family is hard work. Some people don’t realize the stress of NOT having family around. I hope you find some alone time, soon! And I hope to see you popping up in the comment section more often! 🙂

  5. Galit Breen says:

    I love that you put it all out there, Courtney! Oh my, I’ve *so* been there and like you, feel so badly afterwards!

    And seriously? No stones about the cheetos! Some days are like that! 🙂

  6. Meagan says:

    Oh Courtney, I’m so sorry you’re having such a bad week. I’m sure it’s so hard having Noah all on your own without family to help out – an no Mother’s Day Out! I think I’d be a wreak! Those two mornings a week make such a difference in my day. I really hope you can find some way to give you a bit of a break. Our swimming lessons place has a weekly camp for a few hours. Do y’all have something like that?
    Just know that this mama stuff is hard, hard work! You’re doing a great job!! We all have crazy days. And cheetos for breakfast? – awesome!

    • Courtney says:

      It is hard; sometimes harder than usual. But we survive. I get some extra sleep or the husband gives me a few hours break and I’m okay for another week or two. We’re investigating a few options here on base, but haven’t found anything that stands out just yet. Just praying that we find something that is ideal for ALL of us. 🙂 Hope you get some much needed rest, too! Hugs!

  7. annie says:

    I hate laundry, too. My dirty clothes are all over a chair and my clean ones {aka the ones I have actually bothered to wash} are stacked on top of the dryer. It’s getting harder and harder to get dressed in the morning, but clearly that still hasn’t motivated me to put my closet in order.

    This is the part of my comment where I give you the look that says, “DON’T guilt yourself. I see you guilting yourself!” Your inability to get pregnant right now DOES NOT MEAN you are only cut out to parent one child. I don’t have words to give you as any sort of anchor to hold on to, because you have been so raw with your feelings about this, and it’s not something I have any experience with. Really, I just want to give you a hug and take you to Target and buy you some Starbucks and tell you I’m praying. And although I can’t do most of the things on that list, please know I’m praying.

    • Courtney says:

      That sounds like my husband. He has drop piles of clean and dirty stuff all over the bedroom. 🙂 Thank you for your sweet words! And if we are ever in the same general vicinity of each other, I am definitely taking you up on the trip to Target and Starbucks! 🙂

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