Sunday, August 03, 2014

Parenting Is Hard

Kai was born eight years ago today.
This day really makes me reflect on what becoming a parent means.

I thought I knew what I was getting into but I had no idea.
Parenting is hard, hard, hard. 
The sleeplessness.  The poop.  The defiance.  The sleeplessness. The early mornings.  The flu. The repitition.  The fights. The destruction and smelliness and mess.
The 24/7/365.

If you don't think it's hard, then have some more kids.  You'll see.  If it's still not hard, borrow my kids.  If it's still not hard, take them all camping or to the waterpark in 30+C after getting up at 6 am every single day for the past 8 years (it seems).  Or, just let Koen throw a remote at your new flatscreen tv, that was a good one too.
Thankful to God, Gary, family, and friends to help me along the way.

My kids keep me humble.
I actually don't know everything.
They don't listen to half of what I say.  
Although, I probably don't listen to half of what Koen says (sorry, Koey, mommy loves you).
They will act in ways that make me mad and sad.
However, they will also do things that melt my heart, cause me to burst into laughter, and bring happy tears to my eyes.

Thankful for these three children and all they have taught me.
I love to see the world through their eyes. 
Ants are pretty cool.
Unconditional love. For each other.
They are truly amazing individuals and I hope they know it.

Happy 8th birthday, Kai!  I love you x infinity.
If you're looking for a sweeter post about yourself, Kai, it's found here :

PS At dinner tonight, I asked Kai for his Top 5 Life Events and here they are:

1. Philippines/Thailand
2. Disneyland
3. Mexico (yes, he travelled quite a bit with us)
4. Being born
5.  The international students living with us


  1. well said! I had to laugh at the part where you mentioned probably not listening to half of what your son thankful that it isn't just me who accidentally tunes out their child!!!

    My Kai (almost 11) says Happy Birthday to your Kai. :)

  2. Happy Birthday Kai!

    and you're right Louise -- parenting IS hard! ;)