Every Moment Counts

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This month, by far, has been the most stressful one yet. We are low on money, patience, time, and energy. Everyone in the house has been ill at some point, and I’ve been having non-stop migraines. It just seems like I can’t catch a break. Between Noah’s behavior and trying to pay the rent, my own stress levels are extremely high. So what do I do?

I am no stranger to working hard or even being poor, but I’ve never had to endure either with a child. It’s hard to be happy all the time or productive for that matter. I┬áconsider quitting every other day. I consider throwing in the towel daily. I have never felt so stretched thin. There is never down time. I don’t even have time to take a minute to think. It’s just go, go, go.

So last weekend, I decided that Andre, my husband, and I would take Noah to the park. Yeah, it was 90 degrees and we were sweating by just standing outside, but you know, we needed a break. We needed a moment to enjoy our lives, enjoy each other, and marvel at the little bit of beauty left in the world. It wasn’t anything serious, but I enjoyed every moment! I enjoyed seeing Noah walking around unassisted. I enjoyed watching my husband watch us and smile. I enjoyed hearing the waves crash while we looked on. I enjoyed looking at the trees and smelling the scent of the flowers. I enjoyed the hot sun. I even enjoyed the sweat beads pouring from my body. Seriously. I REALLY enjoyed every moment.

Yet in my everyday life, every moment DOESN’T count. I don’t enjoy my environment the way I should. I don’t enjoy the moments that Noah is playing and having a good time. I don’t enjoy the times he’s cuddling with me. I don’t enjoy the tantrums. I don’t enjoy being a business owner. I find myself being obsessed with what could be better. I find myself feeling depressed about everything that is wrong! I even go to sleep and dream about what I have to do the next day, so I don’t even enjoy my dreams. Do you find yourself doing that? Am I the only one that worries too much?

Just like last Sunday, I have to choose to enjoy every moment of my existence–the good and the bad.

I must enjoy the loud screeching cries that Noah bellows out at the most inconvenient times. I must enjoy the cuddling that turns into hour long breastfeeding sessions. I must enjoy managing a business even though I never took a business class in my life.

Yeah, there are clearly things that could be better, but there is so much beauty around me–so many beautiful blessings.

I must learn to enjoy EVERY Moment, because in this uncertain life, every moment counts!

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Loyalty Matters

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Recently, everybody that has heard of my story asks me things like, “How’s business going?” “I keep seeing Noah’s House all over Facebook, you all must be doing good, right?”

Sometimes I tell the truth and sometimes I deflect these questions. The truth is that no one ever thinks about how hard it is for me as a mom and a business owner. They see a few Facebook posts or a busy day and think that I’m living THE LIFE.

Well let me just be frank. No, I’m not living the life. I’ve spent lots of money on advertising, purchasing equipment, paying an employee to help which I can’t afford, and purchasing supplies constantly. We are struggling in real life. Things are not easy for my family right now.

Many people have commented that I need to do memberships and that would give me constant revenue and help us sustain ourselves.

But, here’s what I think. I think that as a full time mother prior to Noah’s House, I considered it highway robbery to be forced into a membership in which the cost kept getting higher and ultimately forced me to stop taking my son to that gym. (I won’t say any names). I paid $80 a month for a 5 month old. Needless to say, I don’t like the entrapment and exclusivity that comes with a membership. As a mom, I enjoy the freedom to choose and to come and go as I please. So Noah’s House will continue to be a membership free zone! Sure, we wouldn’t have to stress as much with a membership, but in my heart, I know that there are some mothers who believe that LOYALTY matters. Our faithful customers who come rain or shine will help us meet our goals.

As a new business, we are STILL growing our client base, and I know that we are doing exactly what we set out to do, give mothers a place where they feel loved and appreciated while providing a safe and fun place for kids.

During this famine season, though it is testing my faith, I want my faithful ┬ácustomers to know that loyalty matters. Because you keep coming back, you are helping Noah’s House survive and thrive.

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It’s hard on me to do it all (be a wife, raise my son, and run a business), but everytime I see some of those loyal customers each week, I know that because of them, we will be okay. And most importantly because of them, I know I will be okay, no matter how hard it gets.