Wednesday, July 1, 2015

5 Things I Learned in June

1. Parenting is tiring.

This is nothing new, but what I realized is how it changes as they get older. Parenting older kids is mentally exhausting.  Multiply that by 10 if you have been blessed with a strong willed child. Throw in a baby and now you're physically tired as well.  


Exhausted by the end of the day. 

I am DONE by the time the kids go to bed...which has been hard for me. That used to be my time to stay up and get things done and then do something I wanted to do.  I stay up to get the house back in order (which takes a while these days) but that's it.  

I am finally realizing that I don't have to do it all.  I simply can't. And I don't need to feel guilty about that. I am enough.

2. My husband doesn't see the extra baby weight.

He gave me a shirt for my birthday and it was way too small.  In the past it would have fit me. I know that I haven't lost all the baby weight (and weight from a crazy year) and I was letting that bother me. I was feeling very guilty for that. 

I realized that he picked up that shirt, looked at it, and thought it would fit. He sees me as the same. He doesn't look at me and think "she needs to lose weight". There is freedom in that!I don't have to hang on to guilt. It will happen when the time is right. 

3. Summer is almost half over.

I finally felt like it was summer this week. It has taken me this long to get my mind into summer mode. The Fourth of July marks the middle of the summer and I'm not ready for that. 

4. Sometimes I forget to laugh.

I want my kids to remember a mama who would smile as she looked them in the eye and really listened to them and laugh with them without care. Without worrying about and pressing through the to do list.

5. Curling your hair with aluminum foil works!

We tried it for Kayla's dance recital at the beginning of the month and it worked great! The second time went smoother because I knew what I was doing. Have you tried it? Here is a great tutorial!

1 comment:

  1. I so needed to read this... it is funny how we aren't in the same place, but we really are. These words of affirmation will minister to mamas in totally different walks.... I was telling my mom how exhausted I am (I've been working on my classroom, going to school at night, and regular life... it all has me worn down). She reminded me that the things that I'm losing sleep over will be there in the morning. Tonight I am going to try to let my mind rest and deal with undone things in the morning. LOL!


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