On Gettin’ ‘Er Done

On doing hard things

I am so glad I have a mama who showed me all during my growing up years what is was like to look in the face of something hard and get ‘er done.

My daddy was out of town for weeks at a time, and Mama took care of 118 acres and 3 daughters, 2 of which had special needs.

Being alone never stopped Mama from plowing and planting a 1 acre garden, attending IEP meetings at school, bottle feeding a baby calf, or taking us to the lake on weekends and ballet on weekdays.

After Daddy was killed in an accident, Mama kept right on doing what needed doing. Dealing with loss. Raising teens. Carrying on.

Because of that tenacious spirit, when I am faced with a difficult task, I know I need to quit whining, pull up my britches, and get it done. Partly because this is what my mama told me to do all my life, but mostly because it’s what I saw her do every single day.

Last week, with my husband out of town, I took the little kids to the circus, took the teens to meet their favorite author, chopped the head off a badly mangled and dying chicken, and herded our neighbor’s runaway Great Pyrenees off the highway and back home after midnight.

I did all those things, not because they were relaxing, easy, or fun, but because they needed doing.

And by doing so, I know I am modeling for my children how to tackle a difficult task. To get ‘er done.

Just like Mama.

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  1. Sweet! You’re a good momma, Connie.

  2. What a wonderful tribute! I think more people need to just pull up their britches and get things done!

  3. What a tribute to your moms. I think moms of that generation had great spunk and fortitude. I learned so much from my mom. Not the stuff about calves and chickens, but I learned how to keep on in hard times. My mom is gone to be with her Jesus but when hard times come, I remember what she would do and I do it.

  4. Casondra Altizer says:

    I know we have not meet in person yet Connie but do know you, because of your Mama! She is an absolutely wonderful woman who I am so proud to call my friend. This is a wonderful post about her and her strength. I know that my girls and I have been blessed to have your mom in our lives. God bless you and your mama!

  5. Great article in the latest issue of The Teaching Home on the fortitude needed by mothers. Mothers should be the strongest people in the world, IF we are doing our job. You beat me by a mile with the chicken thing…not sure I could do that one.

  6. Andrea K. says:

    Oh, I so enjoyed meeting your mother just now through your post. What a wonderful heritage you have and what an awesome mom you are because of it. Thanks for sharing your inspiration.

  7. Yes! My mom modeled this, too. I know that I do many things that most women wouldn’t do, and twice as much as most. Because of the example of my hard-working mom!

    Heather, mom of almost-10

  8. Love it! I’ve tried desperately to get my kids to think “I can’t” is a bad word. Hopefully it’ll rub off on them!

  9. One of the biggest things I have also learned from my mom, is that life goes on. While in high school, my dad was in a coma for 3 months, and everything was day to day. While my 3 younger sisters and I wanted to spend every day and night at the hospital with him, my mom made us go home, go to school, go to work (me), and attend family functions. I remember her explaining that as much as we wanted to be with him, our life had to keep moving and go on. Even though he is healthy today (for the most part), it had such an impact on me as a teenager. When we want to call it quits, or give up, I remember to keep moving. Life goes on.

  10. This is so true! Not always an easy thing to do but we have to keep moving forward. Often, when I see a two year old plop down and have a good fit, and then carry on, I ponder the lesson there for me! The hard things will come to us all. I know your momma is so very proud. I am and I’m notcho momma! :-)

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