It's days like this that I ask myself, "what would Michelle Duggar do?"
I love Michelle Duggar (of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting"). Not only is she a mother of 19 (yowzers), she home schools them all and maintains her home seamlessly and orderly. She has such a sweet spirit and gentleness about her. Even when one of her brood is bouncing off of a couch or hanging from a chandelier, she calming corrects them with her "children, please don't do that." And they listen.
I find myself asking "what would Michelle Duggar do" quite often. When I am on the verge of losing my temper when Beatrice won't nurse and the cat has shoveled kitty litter all over the freshly vacuumed floor, I ask "what would Michelle Duggar do?" When I burn the garlic toast and end up eating a cold dinner because Beatrice pooped on the couch, I think of Michelle. When I am forced to change clothes for the 3rd time in 3 hours because I am covered in barf, Michelle is on my mind.
Since I have a strong tendency to freak out, she is my meltdown barometer. If I find myself in a situation where I want to lose it, I take a few moments to breathe and choose another way to react. Because whatever crisis I may encounter, Michelle does too times 19. And she keeps her cool while getting through it.
So today while my baby fussed and cried, I did not. I vacuumed cat litter twice and ate a cold dinner with a positive attitude. Tomorrow is a new day and I'm sure there will be another batch of crises, but I will keep my cool and think of Michelle.