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Sunday, November 10, 2013

When Mom Gets Cranky

This past Tuesday I shared a glimpse of what my average day looks like. Of course some days are busier than others and some are less busy. In the comments many of you said that you got tired just reading about my day. Truthfully, me too. It is only by the grace of God that I get through each day. This is indeed a busy season in my life. But I want you all to to know that I am NOT superwoman. 

The truth is sometimes I get completely and TOTALLY burned out. It generally starts with something small. Such as I return home from the grocery store/job/school only to find that my previously clean kitchen sink now has several dishes stacked in it. What really stings is that the dishwasher, well, it’s completely EMPTY. 

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Then my eye wanders over to the area next to the sink and it rests upon several empty soda cans that somehow just could not make it to the empty recycling area.

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I sigh and head to bathroom. There I find a piece of trash laying right next to, you guessed it, an empty trash can.

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But what I discover next is what truly sends me over the edge. It’s not the first time this event has occurred. Normally I quietly resolve the problem even though it is something that I REALLY hate. But this time I can’t let it go. I get SO mad that I leave a message for the offender.

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I’ve HAD it!

So I pick up the keys and just leave it all behind.

My destination is never the same.

Sometimes I head to a quiet spot and read a book. Other times I wander the aisles of Target aimlessly. This time I found myself, on a Tuesday at 11am, in a quiet and empty theater watching “Austenland” .

It had everything I loved~ Beautiful English manors and their interiors …


…and Jennifer Coolidge stealing all the scenes with her ridiculous hats and hairstyles.

And magically, just two hours later, I was transformed. Ready to take on the world. With just a two hour break. As always I think to myself, “I should do this more often, why don’t I?”

Because even though I return home to find it in the same state in which I left it, I can somehow tackle it all.

God WANTS us to rest. To have a Sabbath.

But here is the thing, as much as I would like it to happen on Sundays the reality is I have to get breakfast for my family(and lunch AND Sunday dinner). All meals require prep and clean up. Then there is the mad hour I race around trying to get all of us to church on time. Afternoons find me making sure all the clothes are clean and ready for my family for the upcoming work and school week. My busy list could go on and on... I won’t bore you. I can almost guarantee any woman reading this post can relate.

The fact is that it is almost impossible for a wife and mother to relax on a Sunday.

I think it is more than ok to take a personal Sabbath on another day, even if it is just for two hours.

So, if you are like me and somehow need permission to take a break, you have it. From God.


“Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work. It is a Sabbath to the Lord in all your dwelling places.” ~ Leviticus 23:3

“So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all His work that He had done in creation.” ~ Genesis 2:3

“Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest. In plowing time and in harvest you shall rest.” ~ Exodus 34:21


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I can so relate to this entire post. Hugs, Marty

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I think I could have written this! LOL!! Enjoy your day Laura!! :)

Karena Albert said...

Laura oh the universal habits of our children!! This all looked so familiar!

You are smart...a getaway to refresh, do something nice for ourselves does wonders!

Feature: "House Proud"

Liz Hockamier said...

SO TRUE! It is the intention of our heart that the Lord judges. :) Especially when it comes to our kids and family.

I'm emailing you about the vintage tea towels....


Dawna Motz said...

I hear ya!! Sundays can sometimes be the craziest morning to get out the door on does get easier as your kids get older! Glad you took a time out for yourself and that even though things were the same when you returned home you had a little different perspective. Have a great day Laura!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Been there, done that, still doing it!

black sabeth said...

man, what a bunch of pigs

The Quintessential Magpie said...


I love the face on the toilet paper roll.



lynn cockrell said...

Some days are like straws. Your day sounds like a straw. It's a wise camel who steers clear of a straw. Your family is blessed to have such a wise wife and mother. I hope this week will be wonderful for you.

Blondie's Journal said...

We women wear many hats...our families gave them to us!


Auntie Em said...

~Sigh~ And here I thought it was just my house that had those problems!

At least the dishes in your sink are very pretty and colourful to look at! :D

Hope today is a little less stressful. :)

Deanna said...

It all comes out in the wash.

daysease said...

hello, dear Laura, due to recent changes (like dsl finally reaching our area after such a prolonged wait) I can finally check in. and the timing is perfect. i didn't know about Austenland, but I must see about finding out more. and... I definitely relate to this post. I will try to catch up to all i have missed, as best as I can, but in the meantime, I wish you a wonderful day. hug!!

daysease said...

ps... after so long... I should state... this is Celita... :-)