I grew up in a home with two working parents. It was only after I became a parent that I realized how hard it is to get everything done. I am especially impressed with the balance my mother found between a professional career and three kids.
Today’s guest blogger is Amanda Langford. Amanda is a Nurse Director at GVMH, she is very committed to the organization and she gives her all to her career. Amanda is also a great wife and mother. In her own words, Amanda describes her balance between work and home and how she makes it “work”. Thanks Amanda!
Good-Bye June Clever
6:00 a.m. : “Get your shoes on Jare Bear, Nathan don’t forget your backpack, do we have everything? OK, let’s go.” This is what you would hear each morning if you were a fly on my wall.
“Hi, my name is Amanda, and I am a working mother.” I have two boys ages 3 and 5, and I work as a Nurse Director at GVMH. People ask me all the time “Are you crazy?” The answer is, YES I am, I am crazy about my family, and my career.
I wouldn’t be able to live my dream of being a professional and a “mommy” without the support of my best friend/husband, Golden Valley Daycare, the Area Transportation Service, and my back-up plan (my Mother-in-Law).
Truth is…crazy is what I think I was this morning when I had to laugh out loud, because Jared was mimicking his movie “You must swim through…the ring of FIRE” and Nathan replied “Shark Bait who ha ha”. I think I have listened to “Finding Nemo” every morning for the past five months on the way to work. You would think that I would just switch movies, but I start thinking about what I need to accomplish for the day and I never get around to it.
I drop the boys off at daycare and head to work, while the ATS bus will come and pick up Nathan to take him to pre-school. After school Nathan returns to the daycare, and I am able to pick both boys up after work (at the SAME place, this is a BIG deal).
So this afternoon, just like all the other afternoons, I get them loaded into the car and I ask Nathan and Jared about how their day went, and the response from Jared is “Mommy, I want to watch Nemo.” Are you kidding me, I think I could recite this movie script in my sleep.
Nothing tops off the day like our nightly prayers, we each take turns saying a prayer and Nathan usually says something nice like”Thank you God for this wonderful world you have given us, and thank you for everything you give us”. The part of the day that makes me know that all this “craziness” is good, is when my 3 year old takes his turn at night to say his prayer and he says “Dear God, thank you, we had a wonderful day today…we played outside, um…we pet the kitties, uh….um…. we ate lunch,…and…we watched Nemo, Amen”
Many little girls dream of having a family and living the “June Clever” life, not me, I dreamed of a balance between being an attentive mother, best friend to my husband, and a successful nurse. I am knee deep in my dream and loving it. Honestly, I think “crazy” is what I would be if I were more like June Clever. So I guess the question is “Are you crazy?” and my answer is still “I am crazy about my family , and my career…and Nemo!”