I Used to Be..

This lovely piece was submitted by a guest poster, Jaymie Schwartz.  (You can read Jaymie’s bio below.)

used to be smart.  Graduated 8th in my high school class and Magna Cum Laude with my bachelors degree. Then I had kids.

Now I’m happy if I can follow simple directions to put together a toy or make a decent meal.

used to have a great memory.  Through many years of Bible quizzing I had collectively 16 books of the New Testament memorized almost word for word at one point or another.

Then I had kids.

Now I’m happy if I can remember to eat all 3 meals.

used to be a musician. I played the flute for over 12 years and had beginners lessons in trombone, trumpet, sax, keyboarding and drums.

Then I had kids.

Now I sing Disney songs.

used to be a writer. I won an award in college for a paper I wrote and was sent to the National Religious Broadcasters to read that paper to a group of professionals in the multimedia industry. I had a photo taken with one of the Baldwins.  Not the one from 30 Rock.  I don’t remember which one.  (See two paragraphs back).

Then I had kids.  

Now I write the occasional clever Facebook status about the kids, but mostly I write traceable alphabets and three letter words to help them learn to read and write.

used to eat meals while they were hot, go out to see movies, hang out with friends half the night and mainly worry about taking care of myself.

Then I had kids.

Now I’m excited to have a few hot bites now and again. The last movies I went out to see were Despicable Me 2 and Monsters University.  I slept through the second one in the back of my car with a baby on my chest.

I’m happy to have a couple of hours to sit at a coffee shop with a friend before we’re both so exhausted we go home to crawl in bed.

I worry about not having enough clean bottles, making milk to fill those bottles, making meals everyone will eat, making sure there are dishes to eat off of, wiping faces, brushing hair, setting out clothes, getting down games, putting games up, making Play-Doh worms, killing bugs and generally keeping everyone in the house alive.

Then I might be able to shower and dry my hair, in between breaking up arguments, telling someone where something is and giving (or not giving) permission to get a snack.

I used to be a lot of things. 

But, I traded them all to be the not-so-smart, forgetful, less musical, non-writing, cold meal eating, dishwasher, Play-Doh worm expert, referee, face wiping, laundry flipping


 And, I’d do it all again in a heartbeat. 

Wouldn't trade them for anything!!

Wouldn’t trade them for anything!!


I spend my days making their days special..

I spend my days making their days special..

They're asleep!  I dare not move!

They’re asleep! I dare not move!

Jaymie Schwartz is a stay at home mama to 4 fantastic kiddos – 2 kindergarteners, 1 preschooler and a new little one. She’s been a foster parent and through that has received the great blessing of adopting 2 wonderful kids. She’s also had the honor of bearing 2 beautiful biological children – one of them a 10 week premature miracle. She’s just a flawed mommy doing her best to let Jesus call the shots for her family and home and enjoying the crazy adventures that come along as a result!

2 comments on “I Used to Be..

  1. I just so happen to be the lucky guy who had the privilege to marry this Mom! She is an amazing, God fearing woman. I love her with all my heart.

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