Human again …

After feeling lousy for a few days I woke up feeling SO MUCH better. I was scared it would wear off so even before Reese woke up I began tackling a bunch of chores I’d neglected. After getting Libs and Reese to school I pushed my luck and did more chores! I can’t tell you how excited I was to do chores. Sad, but true! When I survived that round I quickly jumped into the shower and rewarded myself with a manicure and pedicure plus some extras. I’m not 100% my self but I’m definitely heading in that direction. I’m so happy!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you feel human again!!!

An unexpected God gift …

Last night, after a very long and very exciting day (I’ll explain why in a later blog), I somehow got Reese into bed early. This is good because she has her hernia repair surgery tomorrow and I want her going into it as strong as possible. Sleep is so important leading up to something like this and it will be a huge part of how her little body will recover after. But, I guess her mama’s body was needing that sleep too.

Last night I laid down with Reese. We said her prayers and snuggled. And I don’t remember another thing after that. I woke up three hours later, thinking I had just dozed off. Talk about completely disorienting! I thought for sure I would never fall back to sleep. I was wrong. I slept for almost another 7 hours! WOW! With as conscientious as I am about my health, I am often amazed at how much I fail to see what my body really needs. Tomorrow will be long and stressful so I am glad that today I feel great and ready to tackle anything. And I am once again thankful for God’s hand in helping me be at at my best for Reese. As a mom, I just keep going, often times piling more on my plate than I have room for. I’m grateful that God sees this. And despite the piles of unfolded laundry and the dirty dishes in the sink, God knew it was more important to give me rest than it was to give me more time in my day to complete chores. He is awesome that way.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you receive an unexpected gift from God!!!

Rise …

My chores were done yesterday. I got a good night of sleep. I woke to beautiful blue skies. And EVERYONE here is healthy. If that doesn’t motivate me, nothing will. My mood has lifted. After last week, I feel renewed. Restored. Ready. I am grateful to be worry-free. Well, at least for the moment. This kind of energy feels INCREDIBLE after the despair I felt last week. It was dark. I felt our skies agreed. We had more rain falling than I had seen in years. I honestly felt like I was in a pit deep with fear. When your child is sick you feel so helpless. And that feels horrible. But Reese is fine now. GOD IS SO GOOD. And I have climbed out of that hole. I am back standing in the light. And I am THANKFUL. So, so THANKFUL.

During yoga this morning, I stretched my body taller and reached high into the sky so that I could physically take in as much of this day as I could. I have taken so many deep breathes today. In relief and to absorb this easiness of this day into my soul. I don’t want to waste one moment of how I feel. The weightlessness of this day is a gift and I will treat it as such. I choose to be present. To balance. To enjoy. To serve others. To love. To chase my dreams. And to bravely wear my purpose. To me, THIS is living my best life with all that God has given me. I don’t have to, I want to. I choose embrace this day and to be open to all that it brings me.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you rise!!!

Loved and appreciated … 

I’ve been running around like a crazy person this week. Busy. Busy. Busy. Do we ever really think about what is on our plates? Don’t most of us just deal with it and get it done. I’m of the belief that we don’t need praise or recognition for meeting our responsibilities or behaving like good adults. I think our society has blurred this a little. But that is a topic for a different day. Today is about kindness and tenderness shown to you when you don’t even realize you need it. When someone takes the time to love on you when they see the opportunity in a quiet moment.

I have a meeting at the Down Syndrome Association tonight so I upped my daily chores a few hours. The first being giving Reese a bath when she first got home from school. After she was dressed and her hair was brushed she asked to lay in my bed and to go on her iPad. This kid loves her down time after school! 

After I got her settled in my bed I went to clean out her lunch box and backpack, checked on the laundry, did a few dishes and a few other minor things around the house. I then went back into my bedroom to check on my Ree. I flopped down on my back at the foot of my bed and just stared at the ceiling. I didn’t realize how good it would feel to lay down. Wow, I could have fallen asleep! I guess my laying there got Reese’s attention. I rarely lay down during the day and this seemed to surprised her. She smiled a big smile at me and crawled out from underneath the blankets. She leaned over me and kissed me. And then she went back to her iPad. Now I’m not exactly sure why she took the time to kiss me but I can assure you that the kiss came wrapped in a whole lot of feelings … at least for me. This kid is simply THE BEST.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you feel loved and appreciated!!!

Eating bonbons (I WISH) …

A summary of my day. Running errands. Here to there, EVERYWHERE. Doing chores. EW. Handling DISASTERS. One is quite enough. Phone calls. No really, I have THAT many children. Paperwork, lots. AND LOTS. In conclusion: MEH and BLAH. 

Well, I hope you all had a day where you sat around eating bonbons!!!

On top of things …

First day of school and I appear to have it all together! By 5:30 p.m. backpacks and lunch box were cleaned out. New school year “agreements” were signed. Dinner was done. Dishes were washing in the dishwasher. And my Ree was bathed, in her jammies and I had her lunch made for tomorrow. I can’t tell you how happy I am with myself! Now if I can just keep this momentum up for the next 179 school days.

Well, I hope you all had a day where you were on top of things!!!

Relaxing …

Almost every day, in the later part of the afternoon, our day goes crazy. My H-Crew gets home from school. Then it’s snacks and homework. Sports. Dinner. Showers. Some laundry. More chores. And getting ready for tomorrow. It’s like our day explodes with busyness!

But then, there comes a point in the evening when all the busyness starts to mellow. Tasks are done. Lights are dimmed. We are comfy in our jammies. Tea is made and our house grows more quiet as the hours pass. I look forward to that moment each day when I realize the busyness is gone … at least for today. It is our calm after our storm. A stillness that creeps in. A peace that blankets the end of our day … and I love it.

Well, I hope you all had a day where you finally got to relax!!!