This evening, I am enjoying some mom time at a local cafe’ while our girls are in their class. All week, I’ve been affirmed of one thing–to take care of myself. I’ve been told not to let myself get so spent that I cannot take care of my family. I’ve been told to get with girlfriends, take a road trip, sleep deeply, and rest. So, tonight, I am. I’m resting and I’m blogging. I’m enjoying one of my favorite gluten free salads and remembering the lovely day that I enjoyed with my kids.

Today, I loved reading Winnie The Poo to our youngest Latvian babes and their giggles. I loved hearing our oldest Latvian daughter read to me in English out of her second grade reader and our son read out of his. I loved scraping the layers of wallpaper off of our kitchen walls and watching all of the hunter green peels fall to the floor. I loved making peanut butter and jelly for the kids a thousandth time for lunch. I loved wrapping our littles in clean towels, warm and fresh from the dryer after their showers. It was the simple things that I loved as a mom on this day. I’m grateful to be absorbing each memory–whether good or bad. At least, that’s what I’m purposing to do–but that still takes loads of energy!

When was the last time you got away mom, spent time with friends, took a road trip, or slept deeply and rested? I’m going to tell you what a wise neighbor friend said to me yesterday–”You need to take care of yourself because no one else wants the job!” That cracked me up. Yes, no one is jumping at the chance to rub my shoulders after a tense day, no one is jumping up to send me out on a girls night, and no one is standing over my shoulder telling me to rest. So, ladies, I am encouraging you tonight to welcome some time alone and enjoy the rest that God our Father is so perfect at giving!

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30