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TIPS FOR MOMS #5

TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF. This is going to be a very honest post. If you want a little fluff maybe keep on keepin' on. I'm not in a good head space right now. We are surrounded by bad news lately and tragedy. I know each day is a new day. I've been spending so much energy trying to stay positive that I've been wanting to go to bed at 4. I've been getting sick because I've been taking on so much stress and heartache in part for other people. Being sensitive is a blessing and a curse and as moms we stuff. We bear the weight of so much so that our children don't have to. It's an incredible gift to allow our babies to breathe easy until they're capable of managing (or trying to manage) the pain that comes sometimes. I feel split a million different ways right now. I don't feel settled. I'm sad. I full on sobbed watching Up this weekend with Matilda. I sucked back the tears but sadly she saw them. She wiped them away, that little angel. Then I felt guilty.

Where's the tip, Lesley? I need time for myself. I know that this is a key factor in having a healthy mind and the ability to face head on whatever challenge God deems us capable of handling. I need quiet moments to walk, sit in a bath tub, go to Target, for solace. I haven't had it and I know I need it. Sam's been staying late at the hospital every day. He's an amazing friend. I feel so selfish wanting him home, his help getting the girls to bed. I feel selfish and tired.

Right now having some quiet time to write is just what I need. To pour my heart out a little in hopes that another mom might find comfort in knowing she's not alone in feeling overwhelmed. Sometimes the smallest retreats can refresh your spirit and calm your mind. Lately I've been struggling in my wants to create and not being able to. I crave being able to try new recipes and sew little dresses. I've been stress eating and eating on the run because things have been so crazy. It's making me feel bummed.

On the upside I feel really thankful for my beautiful and loving family, for my friends, the ones that are always there for me (you know who you are), thank you. We'll be fine. Just going through some growing pains I guess you could say. Was going to have some time alone tomorrow but sweet Matilda has pink eye. It's the scariest looking thing. I'm going to try and clear it up with some home remedies. Good night friends.

the photo is a sneak peek at a project that i shot this morning. flowers designed by my lovely friend ash of byrd collective.

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10 comments :

  1. honestly, you are such an insanely strong mama. thank you for the inspiration and truth. just thank you.

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  2. praying for grace and strength for you, my friend.

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  3. I'm a new mama and was in this very same head space last week and it's just good to know that as a mama, we're not the only ones feeling a certain way. Husbands sometimes just can't understand. Your honesty is appreciated and refreshing when so many blogs only post "the good stuff". Prayers for a better tomorrow!
    Jeremiah 29:11 always renews my strength on tough days!

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  4. praying for you sweet Lesley!! I can't imagine everything you guys are dealing with right now, but I totally understand needing the you time. I basically ran to the grocery store tonight just to get some time to myself after putting the girls to bed. thank you for your honesty! its refreshing and why I love reading your blog so much! xoxo!

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  5. Sounds like you are going through a lot. So sorry to hear that. Sending positive energy your way. Hope you are all taking care of each other - I'm sure you are.

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  6. Oh friend, I'm just reading this now (Wed evening) and wishing I could give you a hug. You have some really big things on your plate, not to mention a sad-beyond-words tragedy to face, and you are justified in feeling pushed to the max!
    Lean on God, hand it over to Him and just breathe. You can only handle what you can handle. Take it one moment at a time. Of course easier said than done but I think if you stay gentle with yourself through this incredibly difficult time then you'll remember that you are doing the best you can. I will say a special prayer for you tonight. Your family has so very much going on.
    Sending hugs and wishes for goopy pink eyes to get better!

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  7. i give this post a resounding AMEN and i pray your remedies are mending that little eye!

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  8. I do not personally know you, but I read your posts & I enjoy following ur blog. And I just want to give you some encouragement. The trials won't last forever. My husband and I just went through a really hard year where he lost his job, we almost lost our home, he got a newer job (less pay/ 60-70hrs away from home) cause that was all he could find w/ me at home taking care of 2 little ones/homeschooling. I had those moments too where you felt like all you were doing was hanging by a string, exhausted, and all you wanted was time to yourself & God to bring some relief. God gave me the grace to continue to have faith & little by little God opened my eyes to see little blessings in our life, whether it was a friend to stop over for coffee so I could cry, a paid for womens retreat, or members from our church giving us money for bills. God is faithful & is a good God & we can cry out to him for strength to get thru the trials cause his grace is overflowing for us. Hang in there!

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  9. Hugs to you my sweet friend! I know you have a lot on your plate right now so I will keep you in prayer. xo

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  10. WOW, ,we are similar in sooo very many ways..and this post was inspiring. I needed this.

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