Friday, November 21, 2014

Through the Tunnel

A week has passed since I got back from my Mom-cation to living and surviving my real life.

The temp of real life is so fast, so rushed, so full. At times I feel overwhelmed by it all- yet in a positive light now.

This week I celebrated my birthday and meeting up with other friends who have infants I saw that they too are struggling and overwhelmed like I felt just 2 weeks ago before I went on my little vacation.

I have this visual picture of Moms going through this tunnel. Being a Mom and raising a child are by far the most difficult task I have ever known.

As a Mommy I know how you feel when you are sleepless, over-tired, and over-dramatic. A ticking time bomb waiting to explode with the smallest spark. A fussy toddler, a disobedient child, a word thoughtlessly spoken- each of this fuel to kindle your already raging soul-fire.

I know the guilt of feeling you ought to be a better, more patient, more organized, more healthy, more ANYTHING Mom.

I know the longing for peace- wholeness- and a healthy, harmony filled family.

I know that walking through these days of having young children seems like a dark tunnel at times. It may seem you have no time for you and your identity is disappearing into days spent doing monotonous everydays.

But YOU will survive. You will thrive. You will LIVE.

I can see that I have come through that tunnel and I had no idea how that could occur, For me the break into light was my mini vacation. For you it might be something else, but I want to encourage you to find time to be alone (or with your infant0 and sort through your emotions.

Today when I opened my Bible these words jumped out- perfectly spoken on this topic. ,

Then Jesus said, "Let's go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile."He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn't even have time to eat.

Mark 6:30-31 NLT

I know dear one that you might feel badly taking a few hours or days for yourself. I felt the same way, but the old saying goes, "If Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy."

A quote I read the other day blessed me much, it is so true and helps keep perspective in our search for joy in life:
For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don't enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are you're not going to be very happy. If someone bases his/her happiness on major events like a great job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn't going to be happy much of the time. If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness."
-- Andy Rooney

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Love This

Sometimes I come across something Etsy that I just LOVE. This artist is featured today on Etsy and I fell in love with her work when I saw it. Probably because I spend so much of my live in the kitchen. Her paintings would make a great gift for anyone who loves to cook, bake or eat :)

 French croissant illustrated recipe print, Kitchen art, Food poster, Bakery decor, 8X10 cake art, Kitchen decor Food watercolor illustration
Kitchen art print poster, A macaron a day, 8X10, Watercolor macaroon illustration, food art, French pastel Home decor

The perfect Cup of Tea, Tea poster, Watercolor painting, Kitchen print, Teapot illustration, Botanical tea plant, Green Pink 8X10 home decor

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Why every Mom needs a Mom-cation

After 6 1/2 years of being a Mom and all the joys and stress that goes with three kids and a puppy and life I can tell you I was wound up, stressed out and easily angered. I found myself using the word "nervous" to describe myself and I had never done so before. I found myself impatient and tired, and just worn out.

My sister needed a break from her life, she invited me to meet her in England. I hesitantly agreed; with the requirement that I would go only if my husband could get off work for those 5 days. He did so- joyfully- and I found myself headed on a Mom-cation.

I must say the weeks and days leading up to that I was worried, feeling very guilty and wondering how everyone would do with me gone. I felt so scared as I flew away, wondering if I'd make it home safely again. I consoled myself with the thought, "if I am meant to die it will happen whether I am flying or at home." (Pathetic? I know. But I was feeling dramatic).

6 days and 5 nights later I got home and now know that was exactly what I needed to get my life back where it needed to be.

So here is why every Mom needs a vacation.

  1. You have time to think, sleep, BE and sit in silence. 
  2. You come back feeling like a new person; the things that would have made you lose it before are no longer so irritating because you have "unwound."
  3. You come home realizing once again that your husband is the best man and Dad and that he is TOTALLY capable of running the house without you or your constant bossing. He is the DADDY not the baby-sitter. 
  4. You see your husband and your marriage with new eyes of appreciation, which makes you feel like you are starting a new phase in your lives or perhaps a 2nd honeymoon :) 
  5. You have time to just be you. If you wanna shop, you do it. If you wanna chill in a coffee shop- go for it. The thing is that no one has any demands on your time and you can just live it up, or down ALONE or with a friend or sister :)
  6. You get your life readjusted and back on track and have time to gain the perspective you just couldn't grasp while you were at home. 
  7. You realize you are strong in ways that you had forgotten or never knew (depending on what you do for your mom-cation). 
  8. You see your life when you come back through the lenses of peace- which makes you value your blessings where you had forgotten how. And prepares you for the challenges facing you.
  9. You have time to do the things you want to do: journaling, sleeping, shopping, sitting, walking.
  10. You realize that your position in life at this moment as a Mommy and wife is the best thing in the world and your favorite place to be and all you needed was to step back so you could see the whole picture.  . 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Home Again

There is nothing like going on a trip that makes a person thankful to get home again. Last week I headed to England to meet my sister from the States.

We had a grand time with relatives and then headed to London for a couple of days.

We nearly became hunch backs under the weight of our huge backpacks and found a new favorite coffee joint to lighten our loads. I love how this place wants to make their food healthier in our modern fast-food world. Not to mention their muffins and smoothies are to die for :)

I am so happy to be home again, no matter how grouchy my kids are (due to colds). I feel so rested and "unwound." And am so blessed to have a husband who can manage the fort with 3 kids and a pup. He even brought me yellow roses to the airport to welcome me home. Sweet, and so romantic! This was the first and only time we have been apart for so long since we married nearly 8 years ago. I am so thankful for that man of mine!

In order to get the holiday season kick started for my shop I am offering you a coupon code for 10% off your order in my shop now- use the code CHRISTMAS.. Don't wait too long for your holiday orders! Scarves are so in and you see people wearing them everywhere all over London. Plus I can customize your orders if they are placed now :)