We have a whole day set aside for just us, Mother’s Day, which is pretty awesome. Really, all we really want is to be appreciated, seen, noticed, right? I mean, tulips and chocolate are great, but give me a little nod, like, hey I see that you just cleaned all the toilets, set a pretty table, and made a fab dinner. Thanks. That’s it. This Mother’s Day was not the best one. A rainy baseball game surrounded by nit-picking kids that forgot it was Mother’s Day is not my idea of special. I sulked, I’m not going to lie. I went to bed a little sad, a little bitter.
Monday morning I felt like the kids had had a team meeting or something because they were all smiles and overly helpful. We made a grocery run to Target and back in the car, Noah slid me a double bagged package. Here mom, I got you something. It was a phone charger for my car–with a cord–something I really needed.
He had seen a need.
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That silly car charger made my day.
I wonder if you’re feeling like this too–underpaid and underappreciated. Overworked, tired, weary, behind. Like you wake up with a sigh instead of a stretch to get started with your day.
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I know for me, I need to make some changes. Go to bed a little earlier and get up a little earlier, stick to my guns a little more, delegate a little more too. Get some clearer focus and direction for my days.
Lately, I’ve been reading through When Motherhood Feels Too Hard, a devotional book geared to moms that are worn out. Kelly uses short, simple snippets to recharge and revive tired mamas. Her 31-day book is full of advice and ways to put some life back into this most important job we have. She shares that we’re not in this alone, something I so need to hear from time to time, but that there’s a whole world of mamas out there feeling the same things we are.
One thing she shares that I loved was that we need to enjoy the little moments, not wait for the huge, awesome events–because those are fewer and farther between. Enjoying the little things and seeking that joy in the mundane, everyday is the key to happiness. It is so good.
So today, I’m going to make a list of ten things I am enjoying right now. Not things I’m waiting for to happen–the things right in front of me that are filling me up. The small adds up faster than we know if we just take the time to count it.
Carry on, brave mamas. I can’t see you, but I see you. You’re not in this alone.