Do you ever feel exhausted as a Mother?
Some days, I feel so energized and joyful! Some days, I feel flat out exhausted. Actually, some days I feel like a grump.
Those aren't my proudest days.
The past few days have been tough - for some reason.
Maybe it's because:
:: my husband has a big job.
:: my husband is in a PhD program.
:: my Mom (a huge help to us!) has been sick. :(
:: my in-laws (a huge help to us!) have been sick. :(
:: I've had a headache for several days - allergies?!
:: I am in week 5 of homeschooling for the first year.
:: I have a 2 year old.
:: siblings push each others' buttons.
:: negotiations are taking place.
:: I am engaging too much in negotiations.
:: remaining calm is exhausting.
:: parenting with intention is hard.
:: I JUST NEED A DAY AT THE SPA!
I'm sure the list looks different for each of us.
Whatever it is - it is what it is. I will focus on what I can change and surrender what I can't.
Mothering is simply hard and exhausting - and joyful and fulfilling.
This is what I'm telling myself:
:: choose your attitude.
:: just smile.
:: choose a memory verse that inspires you and focus on that.
:: turn your fears into prayers.
:: surround yourself with people who inspire and encourage you.
:: surround yourself with friends who will listen to you, hug you, and pray for you.
And most importantly, I'm telling myself - these 3 children I have are not little adults. So, why should they act like adults? If they acted like adults, why would they need me?
This gig is hard - hard, hard, hard.
I will do my best to choose joy, remain calm and confident when I feel like yelling, pray, love, and parent with lots and lots of grace.
May the love of God be with you (and me!) today and always. :) I sure do need HIM!