I find that being the mother of 3 kids under the age of 3 really difficult sometimes. I often wonder why for me personally, it seems so hard sometimes. There are many others that have a lot more children than I have and they cheerfully go about life, taking care of their kids, keeping a house, serving in the church, and they do it with a smile on their face. For example, a favorite website of mine that I visit frequently has all types of mothers, there's one that just had twins. They were her 7th and 8th, not 2nd and 3rd like me. Another fellow twin mom I know has 4 kids and has a husband that has to work a lot of hours and is hardly ever home. I have an incredibly helpful, supportive husband who willingly changes poopy diapers and can get the babies to go to sleep better than I can, yet I still feel like I want to pull my hair out half the time.
I have a book that I got from my Dad a couple of Christmases ago called "Blessed are the Children". It is full of pictures and quotes about children and occasionally I pull it out to read my favorite quotes to remind me that someday, if my kids don't turn out too screwed up, this will all be worth it. Here's a few of my favorites:
"Our children are not going to be just "our children"-they are going to be other people's husbands and wives and the parents of our grandchilren" -Mary Steichen Calderone
"We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today"-Stacia Tauscher
"A child is an angel dependent on man" -Joseph Marie De Maistre
"Love your children. Cherish them. They are so precious. They are very, very important. They are the future. You need more than your own wisdom in rearing them. You need the help of the Lord........Pray for that help and follow the inspiration which you receive." -Gordon B. Hinckley
"Nothing you do for a child is ever wasted" -Garrison Keillor