burning the candle at both ends

It's Friday again, and I'm so darn glad. There's a part of me wondering where the heck the week went though because I don't feel like I had more than a fleeting moment to stop, kick my feet up and breathe. Motherhood is tiring. Mothering a toddler AND a baby is exhausting. Add in work, workouts, home maintenance and more, and it's a recipe for fatigue! Some days, I truly believe I'm burning the candle at both ends. On any given day, I'm doing the following:

Working 6 AM - 4:15 PM - I'm lucky to have a great in-home nanny for the boys
Working out - I try to workout 4-5 days a week, which means at least 3 of those days are week days
Sewing - Black River Boutique is a job in and of itself…I love it, but it's a lot
 FRG - I'm the FRG (family readiness group) leader for Ryan's company
Housework - Laundry is nearly an every day affair, and dishes and cleaning do pile up
Blogging - I'm trying to do this more because this time is so fleeting - no matter how hard it is

It's a lot, and sometimes I wish I could take a step back and stop for a minute. Life doesn't stop because we do though, and children certainly don't. I'm so lucky to have the boys on wonderful routines because it simplifies life a ton. Spencer naps from 1-3:30, Porter naps 10-11 and 1-4, and both boys go to bed at 8 PM. I can't complain about that at all. 

I have to keep reminding myself that these are the most exhausting times of our lives though, and this work? It'll change. It'll transform, and it will become more beautiful than ever. I read this article that was shared with me on Facebook, and this quote stuck out to me the most:

"Moms of one and two children, you are doing hard work. It is overwhelming and completely exhausting, and figuring it all out is some of the most physically, mentally, emotionally demanding and heart-wrenching work you will ever do… But there is hope. It does get easier. Not because a light bulb goes off one day and you figure it all out."
- Sarah Short







And so, I'm going to continue doing it all (within reason) because these kiddos are worth it and so is our family. Nobody said it would be easy, so I'm settling in for the ride of our lifetime. 

2 comments

  1. Oh my goodness,YES, I am right there with you. The expression that runs through my head sometimes is: "I'm stretched too thin!" But I agree, This is a really tough era of life but it's so completely worth it.

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  2. So sweet! You are doing a great job of keeping everything balanced! Everything is a season and it sounds like you've got good perspective on that!

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