Before Kids - After Kids
It's not about what you give your kids, it's about what you are willing to give up for your kids...
I posted this earlier on my fb status and have been thinking about it as I've gone about my day. It's so true.
Before kids - You slept as much as you wanted.
After kids - You are so thankful for a night with a few consecutive hours of sleep.
Before kids - You didn't think twice about going out to eat and spending $50 for the two of you.
After kids- You just don't. I can't even remember the last time we went out to eat as a family. It may have been two years ago when we went to Florida?
Before kids- Success was marked with a college degree, marrying your dream guy, and a 5+ figure salary.
After kids - Success is the dishes and laundry get done, you're still married, your kids are all still alive at the end of the day, and all your bills get paid.
Before kids- You drove a car you really liked.
After kids- You don't care what you drive as long as it fits everyone and it runs.
Before kids- You spent an hour getting ready and ate breakfast sitting down.
After kids- You need a 'five minute hair style' and feed everyone else except yourself.
Before kids - Convenience.
After kids - Best value.
Before kids- Friday night meant you went out and had some fun with friends.
After kids- Friday night means that you turn off the ringer, take a bath, go to bed and maybe watch a movie if you can stay awake.
Before kids- You took a vacation every year.
After kids - Well, they just don't happen very often because that money goes towards food, clothes/shoes for the kids, and new mattresses because the bed was wet one too many times.
Before kids- You wore your big people clothes every day.
After kids- Your big people clothes are for special occasions like a date night, wedding or funeral.
Before kids- It was about you.
After kids- It is about them.
Before kids- You had it all wrong.
After kids- You learned what it's like to lay down your life for another.