Thursday, February 25, 2010

It's a good thing we don't have MTV

Some girls at school have been telling me about this 'teen mom' show on MTV that they are really in to, so here and there I heard bits and pieces of what it was all about.

Well randomly, after putting Liv to bed and finally getting to watch the latest episode of LOST on hulu, I looked up 'teen mom'. I have to put a disclaimer here that I haven't watched MTV crap for about 2 yrs (since we don't have it) so don't judge me for staying up way to late watching this.

I just watched the last 2 episodes of the season and was enthralled.

Of course, while I watched I was relating my own experiences with theirs. I sympathized with the everyday struggles of hearing a splat on the floor and knowing it was your baby spitting up yet again or changing a poopy diaper just to have to change it again 2 minutes later. I felt the pain of not wanting to leave your baby while you go on a date or to school and then having people tell you you're a bad mother for doing it. I understood what a joke it is to try and study and take care of a baby at the same time. I was empathetic with their struggles of trying to support a baby, go to school, and stay emotionally healthy throughout it all.

A few HUGE overwhelming differences in my life compared to theirs that I couldn't stop being reminded of throughout the whole thing are
1) that I have the knowledge of and relationship with a savior in heaven that loves me
2) that I have so much love and support from family
3) that I have a husband. Not just any husband, a good one.

What wonderful blessings to be reminded of. What a difference it makes in raising a child to have someone there to help you; someone who loves the child as much as you do. Someone who loves you. Someone you can talk to who understands completely the struggles you're going through, because they're going through them to. Because of that, I don't really see those everyday poopy diaper/spit up experiences as struggles; to me they're just funny stories. Something to talk and laugh about when my other half gets home.

I'm so thankful for him.
I'm so thankful that we can be together, with our baby, forever.
I'm thankful for my full life, and most of all for the love I feel from the people in it.


caroline said...

It's a good thing I don't have MTV too :) sounds interesting.
I always like that you see the good. What a difference it makes having the gospel, family support and a good husband. love you.

Carrie said...

i got a little hooked on that show too. i didn't watch it religiously but there were a few nights where i'd run into it and couldn't pull myself away.

i had those same feelings of empathy but then appreciation of the differences in my life. what a difference it makes to have the knowledge we have and to have a baby with a husband you love. life gets extremely difficult for you when you don't think about your actions.

Chelsea said...

that show is nutty, you cant help but watch it when it's on. im always surprised that more of them dont consider adoption, especially ones their "boyfriend" says horrible things to them, or wont to anything to help.
after i watch it i always have to pray and be thankful for a GOOD family! haha.

The Jeppsen 5 said...

Now I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I watch that show (and Jersey Shore-yeeks!!) now that I know how you feel about it. BUT...I agree with you 100%!! I watch the show and these girls and think how sad it is that they put themselves and their babies in such a tough situation. I, like you, am SO thankful for the knowledge of the gospel and of eternal families, and for the family and support I have here. It's so much sweeter an experience to raise a child with a husband who loves and supports you eternally and in a gospel that you KNOW is true.

If nothing else, that show makes you even more grateful for what you have. Great post, Tare (even if it was inspired by an MTV show ;) )!!!