Yes you, my dear friend. The one juggling two children trying to navigate newborn stage and a toddler, my hat goes off to you. How you can produce enough milk to sustain one child and at the same time have enough patience for the one who acts how sometimes we wish we could. I see you.
And to the mom, who dove in heart first to foster care while wanting to love her own children but teach them to love others and that this stranger that you need to share your toys with and your mommy and daddy with is now a part of our family but not for long or actually...who knows how long. You question yourself, "Did I make the wrong decision? I am absolutely crazy!" And at the same time being 100% convinced this is exactly what you were supposed to say yes to, oh my dear sister you are brave and courageous. Your reward is heavenly and you are loving the forgotten children, the ones who have seen more abuse in a few short years than many have in a lifetime. I commend you.
To the mama who is looking at the next school year, wondering what the heck is going on. Really hoping to make the right decision, questioning if you are capable to home school and not lose your mind and to do well by your children. Wondering if you are actually capable of teaching all these subjects, or is online good or bad? Sitting in front of a screen, is this the best? To wear masks and that's okay, to not be okay with masks and know that's okay too. To wonder and think and ponder all the what ifs, all the unknowns that are only known by an all knowing God...yes I am right there with you. Grace to you. Take a deep breath, you are not alone.
None of us knew what our life would look like at this time. With the current circumstance, with all the juggling and managing and learning, at the end of the day we just want to be good moms right? On top of the crazy world right now, we still have diapers to change, dinners to cook, games to play and fun to create; but the burden of the constant decisions can have you in place of mental fatigue that wants to just go to a place of auto-drive and not be present, not be all in. It's hard...I get it. Waking up can feel like a burden instead of a blessing. The sleep isn't enough, I haven't slept in eight years, and the amount on your plate makes you feel like it's all about to come crashing down. But if I could, break all forms of social distancing right now and hug you as tightly as I could I would say this to you:
So this season, as long as it lasts, as hard as it may seem I strongly encourage you to not let the world and all it's brokenness cause you to pause your world and all it's beauty to be had. The culture only dictates what you let it. You get to cultivate the atmosphere in your home no laughter, joy, learning, growing, fun, adventures need to stop. Create. Dream. Pray. Worship. Play. Listen. Be intentional. Be all in. Be their mother. Be their leader. Be their pretend customer wanting ice cream at their cafe, be the monster that chases them down the hall, be the teacher who makes learning fun, be the chef who leads them how cooking can be creative. Oh mama Just Be. This season is for you. This season will set you free.
I’m Heather a blessed wife and mama to four little souls who always keep me wild and free. My goal is to uplift and inspire as I share my life with you. Thanks for stopping by!