By: Chumie Jacobson

How can you sit there reading

In this chaos 

One might ask


To which I would respond

You kidding? 

I’m #winning at this task


Today was "for the books" 

A disaster 

Laid, set: waiting


Four children home with mommy

Outside freezing 

And it's raining. 


I myself have a cold and strep

3 of the kids 

Have this too


Husband out all day working 

I thought 

'How will I possibly pull through?!'


Two pre-teens and two toddlers 

One small space, 

A lot of snot


A recipe for happy memories 

This certainly

Was not


Back to the picture for a second 

See the toys

And some food? 


These are testimonials of victory: 

My serene



You can't quite see it in the photo - 

'Neith the table: Blueberries 

Have spilled


But all four kids are still alive

So I'm thinking

'Hey, I'm chilled' 


And sure some noodles are on the floor

(Easier to clean 

Once they harden) 


I’ll dub my decorative look here

'My awards for parenting-wins



I did not raise my voice once

(Ok, thank you,



But the point is I avoided

A lot of



Sometimes you take a challenge 

And push to your

Greatest heights 


And some days you gotta take the win

At 'no blood was drawn

In fights' 


Today should have been unbearable 

And while I can't say 

That we're thriving


I'm proud, I'm calm, so you should be too

If all your doin’

Is surviving 

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Chumie Jacobson

married to Yisrael Meir, is a devoted mother of four who runs Ner Echad, the movement to unite Jewish women worldwide in Shabbos candle lighting. Chumie lives in Brooklyn NY, and is passionate about women in Judaism, education, and everyone finding their own journey toward closeness with their loving Creator.