I now have a two year old and an almost two month old. You could say life is a little…. crazy. OK, Its a lot crazy. I saw a post on facebook the other day that said, “I don’t have ducks. Or a row. I have squirrels, and they’re at a rave.” That pretty much describes my household. I am lucky enough to have my other half at home for two weeks and we are able to tackle some tasks like finishing unpacking and getting our fence up.
Tonight, I was able to get the infant to bed a little early and Joshua was putting the two year old to sleep. Ahh… I get about 90 minutes of research and writing time before bed. With the current nighttime nursing routine, an early bedtime is a must for me. I found my laptop, book, and notepad so that I could keep researching for my upcoming blog series (which is going to be awesome!). However, when I sat down to start my research I noticed an unpleasant aroma. Oh, yes, that is me. A combination of no bath for two days, sweat from setting fence posts, and a faint lingering smell of spit up. I guess I had not slowed down long enough today to really notice.
There are times to get things done, and there are times to unplug. This was one of those times that I needed to unplug from the todo list and just take a shower. I seriously can’t write smelling like that. But this is how life is sometimes. Parents often sacrifice their own needs, and even hygiene in my case (sorry y’all), to take care of those around them.
So as I crawl in bed (hair still wet) to write tonight, I think of two biblical principals. The first is the principal of rest. God demonstrated this by resting on the seventh day and commanding us to honor the Sabbath. I think this is the most difficult commandment to keep. Parents rarely get to take a day off, and if you are like me you still worry about your kids even when they are not with you. However, parents still need to figure out a way to carve out some time to rest. Our bodies and minds need to rest and recover to be able to continue to pour our hearts and souls into the lives around us. It can be something simple like not rushing through the shower or leaving the dishes in the sink for a night. Tonight I took about a ten minute shower. That is a long shower for me. I have gotten used to the 2 minute super mom shower where the infant is in a rock and play right out side the shower door.
The other principle is that of seasons. For everything there is a season. This has been a particularly hectic season for us. We moved, Joshua is changing jobs, Davi turned two, and Hannah is less then two months. There is often not a lot of sleep and many projects go unfinished. But someday we will get unpacked and not have boxes setting around. Davi will eventually be potty trained and we will have less diapers to change. Hannah will eventually start sleeping through the night. Until then I have to take time to enjoy the precious moments that come in this season like cuddling with a newborn, putting together puzzles with a toddler, and loving on my Husband. And every day I need to pray that God sustains me through the crazy season.