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Mom Resents Her Own Family—Until The Vacuum Lines In Her Carpet Reveal The Truth About Her Kids

October 20, 2016 - By Amanda F. Johnson

Diane Dekker Redlegs is a South Dakota wife and mother. Her five children are now all grown up.

Recently, Diane took to Facebook to tell a story that’s making its rounds on the internet and inspiring parents across the country. Her message to young mothers is going viral.

Nineteen years ago, Diane and her husband, Scott, took their five kids on a trip to visit Scott’s aunt and uncle in Omaha. At the time, their four boys and one girl ranged in ages from 10 to 6 months.

The minute the family pulled up to the brand-new house, Diane was immediately envious of how big, beautiful, and pristine it was. But there was one feature in particular that caught her attention.

Strangely enough, what really sparked Diane’s feelings of envy were the meticulous vacuum lines in the carpet of the formal dining room. She thought to herself, “Oh my gosh! What I wouldn’t give to clean my house and have it stay magazine-perfect for more than 5 minutes!”

Diane realized that with five young and rambunctious kids at home, it would be a long time until her carpets could look like that. “I would be able to do that and not have it messed up by sticky little finger prints on the perfectly waxed dining table, or Legos hiding under the table, or walking in to discover Ryan’s latest art creation had so carefully been designed on the wall with crayons,” she wrote on Facebook.

It took a little while, but one day Diane realized something much different. Maybe vacuum lines weren’t as good or enviable as she thought.

Scroll down to hear her incredible revelation…

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Facebook / Diane Dekker Redlegs

“(pay attention young mother’s, you may want to read this) [sic]

“19 years ago, Scott, all 5 kids and I took a trip to Omaha. Kenny was 10, Todd was 8, Kevin 5, Ryan 2, and Lisa was 6 months old.

“We took a day and went over to visit Scott’s Aunt and Uncle who lived in Omaha, in their beautiful new home. When we pulled up, the exterior said to me, ‘This is what dreams are made of.’

“As his Aunt gave us a tour of their home, I just remember thinking how amazing it would be to have such a beautiful home, full of rooms and bathrooms and a huge kitchen that screamed to be full of family and fun, but what stuck out the most in my mind and sparked a completely different envy than just the size of the house, was the vacuum lines that remained in the carpet in the formal dining room.”

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Facebook / Diane Dekker Redlegs

“As we strolled into the dining room, I remember thinking to myself, ‘Oh my gosh! Her vacuum lines are still in her carpet probably a week or more after she vacuumed!! What I wouldn’t give to clean my house and have it stay magazine-perfect for more than 5 minutes!!’

“I couldn’t wait for the day that I would be able to do that and not have it messed up by sticky little finger prints on the perfectly waxed dining table, or Legos hiding under the table, or walking in to discover Ryan’s latest art creation had so carefully been designed on the wall with crayons.”

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Facebook / Diane Dekker Redlegs
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