A few thoughts on this mamahood thing:
There will always be more to do each day than feasibly possible.
Each day is supposed to leave us with choices: do I clean up the mess, or do I play with the kids? do I take them for a long walk, or do we stay inside and stoke “the crazy”? do I plan a creative dinner menu, or do I pick five easier meals? do I stay up late to refuel myself, or do I go to bed to refuel my body?
There are hundreds of choices to make every day — things we should be doing, things we want to be doing, things we must be doing, and there is absolutely no way I can get to everything on my should/want/must list. Like, no way.
With how close our kids are in age, I literally can’t even finish one task before needing to stop to check on them. They are busy, creative, intuitive little people — all good things! But, it’s easy to drive myself crazy trying to get through ALL THE THINGS every single day, yet feeling frustrated when I fail over and over.
However, there is hope :) and something I recently reminded myself of is that we have a limited amount of time each day on purpose. We aren’t supposed to be able to get everything done. If everything was done, what would we be living for? Who would we be loving on? What would we look forward to? How would we be able to use our gifts?
Instead of trying to accomplish so much, what if we focused on accomplishing just a few the very best of our abilities?
Each day I pick two things to work on: something that will benefit our home, and something that will benefit our kids. And that’s it! It’s been so freeing.
And speaking of freedom, make sure you read this post if you struggle with feeling overwhelmed and out of season hobbies.
PS. I just love what Moriah had to share about summer break and mamahood:
“I was originally asking God to help me get through this summer, begging him from a survival-mode mentality. But, last night was when I realized that I have nothing I need to be asking for. I already have what I need. Because, He’s inside of me, I am lacking nothing and my “situation” isn’t more than He and I can handle together. He wants good for me, and this next season I’m heading into with my children is such a gift from Him.”
Remember: our time is limited for a reason :) don’t let that get the best of you and your gifts!