Confessions of a Tired Mom!
Are you a tired mom like me?
It's 2pm, and I'm so tired. I need chocolate — or a nap? I'm really not sure which one I crave more. My girls are down for their “naps” & my boys are outside playing with friends. I say nap with quotes, because my princess is just now at the age where she does the up & down nap time. You know, the “is it time to get up yet?” type of nap time.
After taking her back up to bed for the third time I realize that I haven't really sat down yet today. I've been running around playing “fireman mommy.” That's what I call it when I feel like I'm just putting out one “fire” after another. Someone needs something here, someone needs help there. Tears, whines, anger, frustration, questions — it all just starts blending together into one big, loud noise.
Quiet. That's what I want more than a nap or chocolate. Quiet.
Is it bad to ask for that for Mother's Day?
My husband just asked me what I wanted to do for Mother's Day, and the “mommy guilt” hit hard when the first thought I had was that I wanted a little bit of time to myself — and quiet.
Please don't get me wrong. I love my kids. I love our large family. I love spending time together as a family. But right now, I'm just tired.
When people find out that we homeschool, I often get asked how I find time for myself. My usual answer is that I schedule down time for myself into my day with nap times and set bedtimes. But these days nap times aren't lining up well, and we've got this “up & down” thing going on. & it's basketball season, so my big kids are up later than usual watching hoops with Dad. So, there isn't much “me” time.
So I guess my answer these days is that I don't. I don't find time for myself regularly.
I don't always have time to unwind or get away. I don't have moments alone or time to get away with friends.
I'd like to think that there are “stolen moments” here and there (like right now).
My mind is filled with thoughts of, “How do other moms do this? How do other mommy bloggers do this? Where does everyone else find time?”
That's all we get each day.
I look at my kids and realize how fast the time is going. The days are slow, but the years seem to be flying by. My oldest just turned 13. When did that happen?
It's not always my friend.
At the same time, time is a blessing. I have time to be with my kids — time that I won't have in another ten years.
So, I guess this is my season to be tired.
Someday I'll get rest.
Someday the house will be quiet.
But I've decided it's okay to be tired. Being tired is not a sin. It's a sign that my life is full.
Full of good things. Full of crazy things. Full of noise. But, full of blessings, too!
So, I'm tired! But I'm blessed to be tired, I guess. That's how I'm choosing to think of it. I'm tired not because we have over-scheduled lives, but because we have a house full of “blessings.” (Noisy “blessings”).
Scripture says that Jesus got tired in His human body. So, I'm allowed to be tired, too. 🙂
Some day I'll get rest.
Someday the house will be quiet.
But today, I'm just going to find the blessing of being tired.
Happy Mother's Day, Tired Mom!
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
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