Monday, February 28, 2011

Five Minute Attitude Check

Good morning. Or rather Good Monday morning. I purposefully left the exclamation mark off the end of that sentence.

I'm tired this morning. Tired and grumpy with a raging case of PMS on the side.

Our weekend was SUPER BUSY. I'm not a fan of busy. I'm a recovering busy-a-holic (if there is such a thing). I've learned the hard way that I function best when life has a slow and relaxed pace. I work hard to control the chaos and minimize activity in order to offer my best to those I love the most. Y'all, this weekend kicked my butt.

But I'm also learning that having kids means being busy. Especially having older kids.

My friend Nancy wrote a fabulous blog post about this very thing. I couldn't agree with her more.

I'm finding that I'm having to give up some of my comforts and desires as my family grows and changes.  Our weekends now involve other kiddos and activities of all sorts and driving kids all over creation. I'd love for all five of us to be at home together every single weeknight but that's slowly changing too. I don't necessarily think that's a bad thing, it's just different for us.

It's worth it though. I love how my friend, Nancy, responded when chided about her busyness being a choice. "Well, that may be, but that choice started long ago. With children."

So, so true. I'm choosing to be happy about this stage of parenting. Choosing to show my kids that I'm absolutely crazy about them and will do whatever I can (within reason) to show them. Choosing to be happy (as much as I can) about being busy.

Alrighty. The busy train is about to pull back into the LifeAt7000Feet station. Gotta go! Have a great Monday.


jen medeiros said...

Mere...your post this morning spoke to me on ALL levels. Hope you don't mind...I linked with you in my blog today. I think as REALLY ministered to our hearts. Hope you have a chance to rest today.

Anonymous said...

I hadn't thought about it until I read this, but I think you just explained my Saturday mood. I was so snippy and I blamed it on the fact that I had a headache and a backache. But now thatI think about it, I was really in a tizz because I felt like life was messing with my weekend. We had several "have to" events and even a couple of fun ones, but I hate having all the white space filled on my calendar. I'm more and more protective my of my "home with the fam" time.

You're right. It's just going to get busier as these three little people get older. I watch my friends who seem to thrive on the activity and wish that were me. I can't change that I'd rather be at home, but I can pick a better attitude. I usually have fun once I'm at the activity so maybe I can just go ahead and put on that mood before it happens.

Christi @ Writing the Waves said...

We are sooo living in the busy kid world. I would much rather be at home...I'm such a homebody, but my kids are NOT! They love going and doing, and we have decided that even though it can wear us out, that within reason, we want to let them participate in fun things, and engage with friends. Thankfully we are also involved with the families of the kids that they hang out with, so that is helpful. It can get exhausting, I like your attitude about choosing to be happy about this stage of life! :)

Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt said...

Andy and I have realized definitely that we function better not living at a frenzied pace. You know my mom - the energizer bunny - that's what I have to adjust from! ha!