These are the days of:
- deciding to go to bed early rather than read a book
- slow sips of creamy, morning coffee (and reminding myself to measure my hard moments in small doses).
- tending my houseplants: wiping the leaves with a damp cloth, pruning leaves, watering the soil.
- noticing the stacks of books in our home, they’re definitely a favorite amongst all of us!
- slowing tearing off links from our debt paper chain. Only 11 months to go! Yeow, the end is in sight!
- waving to Zack from the window as he drives to work in the morning (many tears if the littles forget to wave).
- meal planning to keep the meltdowns away. And these are meltdowns from mama, too ;) Currently making: beef stew, sun-dried tomato chicken with zucchini noodles, meat balls, cobb salad, BBQ chicken/baked beans/coleslaw, and zuppa toscana. (I told you this was a favorite at our house!)
- “baby” snuggles on the couch (the girls have a favorite stuffed animal, they might as well be physically attached to their bodies).
- preparing for birthday parties! Maxwell turns 4 next week, Marigold turns 1 next month. #weep
- measuring “a great day” based on how full our love tanks are. Note: lots of rest, lots of quality time, and very little time on social media.
- the smell of lavender soap on my hands.
- celebrating many baby bumps. So many of my friends are pregnant, hooray hooray!
- thinking simplistically: what are our priorities? What is the easiest solution? (Don’t overcomplicate, Maggie!)
- training myself to remember what is most important. This doesn’t come easy for me, I learn this lesson every day/week/month. Truly, if my journal could talk… ;) But you know what, that’s A-OK! I don’t beat myself up over this, instead of remind myself I’m perfectly and wonderfully made and then I think of ways my struggles can become learning opportunities for others, specifically my kids. How can I encourage them as they grow? That’s my focus right now.
Have a great week warmer here this week yay! Hopefully by you, too!
For some reason the way you care for your plants was really noticeable to me. It reminds me that those things can matter and time can be spent on them. If that makes sense? <3
Oh wow, thank you so much for noticing. I really love my houseplants :)
Lovely. Always. Please don’t ever stop writing, inspiring, loving, nurturing and being “you”. Love you, Mom
Thanks for the gentle nudge to keep going ;)
I thought my toddler was the only one who couldn’t handle it if he missed waving bye to daddy as he leaves for work! Many days of a sleepy toddler out in the garage so he wouldn’t miss that moment … :)