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I LOVE the back to school/work feeling of September!!! Feels like so much MORE pressure to get all the things done you’ve wanted to this year & hit the grind haha! One of the most inspiring things keeping me going has been the growth mindset, “committing my plans to the Lord,” and remembering Coach Wooden's words, “there is no substitute for work. Worthwhile results come from hard work and careful planning.”
Last weekend was my little sister’s bachelorette party. I’m honestly still recovering from the fun, ha. But mainly processing the impact it had on the perspective of my stage of life. Then I was appropriately reminded that exactly 8 years ago today was my bachelorette party.
I have been blessed with a recent peace in understanding the role my advanced education plays in my motherhood. I always wanted to become a nurse, and I always wanted to become a mom. I never really envisioned my future family life balance with my professional career.
I have a million blog posts I’ve been waiting to get to, but in my hour break this Monday afternoon I feel this is the most pressing on my heart. Oh, motherhood! Oh, early motherhood! Those first years where you constantly doubt your identity, your capabilities, your children. No one is immune to the purging of selfishness we must go through as we learn what giving of ourselves to our children looks like.
I am a self-help guru. A relaxing day for me would be to read a few more of parenting books, or searching for a few more to add to my overflowing amazon cart. On my way home from my parents lakehouse today I binged a few more of Parenting Great Kids Podcast (highly recommended!). While all of these efforts spent studying how to talk to my kids, what the best books to read, what limits to set, and on and on, are good, this weekend I was wisely reminded about something even better.
We did it! I still am in shock that we have successfully homeschooled Kindergarten. The feeling when you find yourself in a place you had never envisioned. Yet, these precious times fly by, the long days and short years. And when the awaited month of June comes after the grinding and waiting from dreary March, we can look back and breath and smile. Look at all that our amazing children have learned. Think of all they have experienced in that short, but long, year. Look at their first day of school pictures and sigh. Lord, how these firstborns tug at a mama’s heart.
This past weekend I celebrated my 6th Mother’s Day. And after 6 years of my motherhood experience, two of the most important lessons I have learned are 1) we need other moms and 2) we need Mary as our leader.
On Ash Wednesday I deactivated my only social media account, Facebook. 1 week ago from today was the anticipated return. Within minutes of my return I received an important work related message, read through a party related group thread, registered for a fertility conference, and saw a few friend pictures I would have otherwise missed. Yet, after those initial “catching up” minutes were over, I was very much unimpressed. The appeal was gone.