Wow!!! I can't believe a month has passed us so quickly. If I'd anticipated being a SAHM (stay at home mom) the same as I pictured/spent my maternity leave, I was pretty sure I'd want to go back to work by now. Who knew that kids who (mostly) sleep through the night would be so fun to be with during the day. Yes, I know I have FOUR WHOLE hours alone everyday....you must be wondering what in the world I can possibly be doing with myself?!?!!! Y'all, have you ever notice how quickly hours pass? 4 (3.5 if you're really counting carpool) hours pass by like the blink of an eye. Which also explains why my children are more often late to bed this past month than early. We do things like this in the evening....
Instead of me stressing about them needing to get to bed so that I can tackle household chores (or procrastinate those until tomorrow).
I had these visions of my floors being sparkly clean and my kitchen glowing and my toilets gleaming and basically everything sparkling like glitter in my home because of my whole 4 hours home alone daily. However, life is so busy. Between volunteering at the elementary school, bible study (how have I lived my life so long without this kind of love in my life?) trying to exercise regularly, cleaning house, and, occasionally taking a few moments for myself (like loving on my newborn twin neighbors), I honestly don't know how I kept the balls in the air before. Don't get me wrong, it hasn't all been unicorns and rainbows...but, by golly there have been a lot of unicorns and a ton of rainbows and I've never been so happy in my life. Y'all know how financially conscious I am and knowing that I need to cut back on our budget hasn't been a major stressor at all. I'm thankful that I know the value of a dollar and that I know how to stretch a dollar. I am fully aware that this is a season, and we won't be able to maintain a single income forever, but, I'm so so so so so thankful that I can spend these precious, precious moment with my babies while they still want their momma around.
(Mad returned to ballet)
Visit to the zoo
Gym dawgs meet with our friend Claire
Staining the basement stairs with Pop
NYE with friends
This month has flown by and I feel like I've grown so much spiritually, parentally and as a wife, mother and friend. I'm so thankful that I've been afforded this opportunity to take a minute with my people and just breathe and enjoy this life that we've been so graciously given by our Lord. I'm still not a perfect parent, wife, daughter, sister or friend. But, I do believe I have found a place in this world to actually nourish the people in my life and in my family. So thankful and so blessed beyond belief.