The Reality Check as it really is: Let's try this on for size- it has been pouring all day which means the kids have been underfoot ALL DAY!  A frazzled mom puts water on to boil for macaroni and cheese and opens a can of green beans as she tries desperately to prevent her two year old from sticking his fingers up the dog's nose.  The pet howls and wakes the baby as the older two siblings scream, running through the kitchen chasing each other with light sabers.

The doorbell rings and it's the FedEx man needing a signature for a final notice bill from the electric company.  She glances toward her neighbor's house,  sees the old man mow-ing the lawn yet again and he gives her the finger!

Back inside, the pasta is boiling over and the phone is ringing.  It's her mother, repri-manding her for not calling that morning and the toddler has found the dog dish and is eating ALPO.   Her husband calls to say he has been delayed at work with another un-expected sales meeting and just as she's about to set the table, her toddler throws up the dog food he ingested onto her old sneakers.  She sighs on the verge of tears, then cuts her finger on the green bean can lid and starts to cry in earnest!

Well-- a little extreme, but definitely more realistic than the first scenario.  Sorry!  Alas, such is life as a mom.  It's hectic, it can be depressing at times, and it's exhilarating!  It is one adventure after another.  None of us can escape the ups and downs, the bumps and can count on them.  There are the memories that make your heart sing and the moments that shatter your heart into a million aching pieces.  It's a journey with many turns and twists.  Just remember to be nice to your children along the way; they will be the ones who will someday choose your nursing home!

As in gardening, there will be days of sun and days of rain.  Hopefully, there will only be a little manure, if you catch my drift!  But the harvest will be abundant if we tend it daily. Our job is to give our children roots that go deep into the soil of a rich heritage.  It won't be easy!