I am a mother who does it all.  I am a nurturer, provider, counselor, teacher, tutor, chef and maid.  I work first and second shifts, standby for third.  No holidays or weekends off.  No sick time or vacations and I am years overdue for a raise.  I am a mother who is greeted daily by size six, ten, and thirteen shoes crowding the doorway, along with an array of Fisher Price toys holding the living room hostage.  ABC’s are constantly stuck on the tile in the bathroom like magnets on a refrigerator, and the kitchen is always victimized by an after school attack.

I am a mother, a wife, a chauffeur, a bank, sleep deprived and at times unappreciated.  And to top it all off, I am currently pursuing a master’s degree. In addition to my many roles, I am “trying” to complete thesis this final semester.  I would almost equate the pain of writing a thesis to that of giving birth but that may be just a tad bit extreme.  However, I barely have time for friends, family, sleep, eat, or breathe, if that helps.

So how am I able to juggle the demands of a mother and wife while completing thesis?  Well, there have been many days where mounds of dirty laundry had to be sacrificed for my long, late night hours sitting at the computer or away at school.  My days of preparing home cooked meals have been replaced with pizza boxes or KFC coupons and I can’t even recall the last bedtime story I read to my girls or been on a date with my husband.  Those are just a few of the temporary sacrifices that I have had to make during this last semester at Mount Mary College.

Although this may be one of the most difficult tasks I have had to endure, on May 18, 2013, when I receive my diploma, it will be well worth the sacrifices.

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