Our fall has been unusually busy and it has left me feeling tired and drained.
My parents came into town for Thanksgiving and declared themselves the support staff. They stayed for over a week and were totally amazing. They cleaned my refrigerator, cleaned out the vents of my dryer, did laundry, dusted, vacuumed, organized closets, organized the playroom, baked, entertained my children, babysat while I went to work, and continually told me they were proud of me and I was doing a good job as a mom.
I enjoyed a week of less responsibilities. I relaxed more and spent a lot of time doing nothing. It was heavenly. I felt rested and refreshed.
After break, I was ready for the Monday morning try-and-get-everyone-out-the-door-in-a-somewhat-sane-manner chaos. One son decided to forgo getting dressed in order to play and had to be reminded multiple times to get real clothes on. When it was time to leave, my other son couldn't find his gloves and was crossing his fingers that he left his boots at school over the long break because there were also no where to be found. Then my youngest son decided that he needed to pack about fifteen extra things in his backpack. Okay, maybe just one extra thing but he totally could have packed fifteen extra things in the time it took him to pack the one. Then once his backpack was ready, he took a firm stance against going to daycare. He wanted Nana and Papa come back into town and take him to Chuck-e-Cheese again. Please help me because we do not have time for these negotiations. But, I handled it all with the calmness of a rested and refreshed woman.
I didn't ask for my parents help. They just noticed that I could use a break.
This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the people in my life who notice. My beautiful family and friends who make me feel loved and encouraged by noticing. My heart is deeply grateful for you all.
And speaking of noticing, the lovely Cindy from Inspire Me Mama featured my post on Let Your Faith be Bigger Than Your Fear. Her blog is a good one to put on your reading list. I would love it if you would check out her blog and my guest post. Thank you Cindy for noticing my blog. I also have noticed yours!