This Beautiful Life

I can't begin to express to you how much your support on my "PPD coming out party" post have meant to me.  It's unbelievably encouraging to know I'm not alone, and now you know that you aren't either.  I've received an inbox full of personal emails as well, from women who wanted to share their experience, offer their advice, or just leave me a few especially kind words.  THANK YOU, truly, each and every one of you.  Your response has brought tears to my eyes, and hope to my heart. I found this quote on Pinterest a while back.  I wish I knew who the author was so I could credit him or her.  But I printed it up in Photoshop to display here at home.  I just like the reminder.  I wanted to share it here today, because I thought it might hit home with all of you who have emailed me recently and left comments on my post about ppd.  It's not meant to make you (or me) feel guilty for feeling the way we do!  It's just meant to sort of sum up where we are (or at least where I am right now).

And, well, this is pretty much where I am.  Not forever, mind you, but for now.  And that's okay.  Every tomorrow will be a little easier, right?

Also make sure you check out Emily's beautiful post on how hard it is to raise four kids.  I read it this morning, nodded my head in agreement with every word, and then wept again (a common occurrence these days).

My sister sent me this book a while back, and I'm enjoying reading through it a little bit at a time.  Some of you might find it helpful when the dog is howling and the baby is crying and the other two kids are fighting you just want to pull your hair out for whatever reason.  The great thing about it is that it's divided into very short chapters, because the author knew that we'd only have short bursts of time to read it anyway, before one of the kids floods the bathroom trying to "wash the floor".  (True story from my week.)

Care to share your favorite quotes that have helped you get through your most challenging times?  I'd sure love to read them, and someone else may, too!