Monday, June 21, 2010

Homeschool Blog Hop/Time For Mum

I have spent the last two weeks thinking about this very question. What do I do for myself? What is my Sanctuary? What is my thing? How do I recharge, relax, rejuvenate myself to be energized for my family?

I have many interests and things that I enjoy doing. Blogging tends to be my escape right now, or is it? I love to write and find that blogging gives me just that a time to shut out the world and just write. I know my blog is about my family and to be more specific Selena, but you know what my family is my refuge. I get recharged just through them.

I have never been a mom who needed a whole lot of time to myself. I never really can relax when I am not with my family. I steal a few minutes out of my day to spend time in the bible, usually first thing in the morning. I use quiet time in the afternoon or nap time which ever it ends up being to lay back close my eyes and just meditate on the wonderful things I have in my life, which is usually my family.

I think the times I feel the most recharged and rejuvenated, ready to go again, is when I can look around and see how every little thing I have done in the day has made a big difference for my family. When I can see the light bulb moments when Selena has learned something new and is totally excited beyond control, then I know that I have moved a mountain for her, and her excitement recharges me to keep going. When I see in my husband that he has once less burden upon his plate, or he has time to watch his baseball game because I went the extra mile and paid a bill, or ran an errand for him, I feel recharged and ready to go.

When I can lag behind on our nature hikes and watch the two of them walking hand in hand knowing that when we left home the laundry was done, the bathroom cleaned, the beds made, the dishes done, then I feel recharged knowing that those things made this family outing possible. When I can enjoy watching my husband throw his line in the waters to fish, again knowing that this is not something that I particularly enjoy, but he is because I have gone out of my way to make sure he got to go fishing, then I feel recharged.

Much like my mother and my grandmother and even my great grandmother, parenting has been our career. We’ve worked when we needed to, but mostly we have been mothers. We have never asked for much more then our needs being met, but instead we have asked what can we do or have to make our families lives easier, better, more enjoyable. We have taken much pride in knowing that every dollar we have tucked away every week, is the money that is paying for our summer vacation. We take much pride in the fact that our talents are spent on our family through baking, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and that the products of our efforts all go for the pleasure or needs of our family.

I guess what I am saying is maybe I try to get up before my family to spend some time to myself, and usually am the last one to go to bed at night, just reflecting on all the things I have provided for my family, taught Selena, and learned myself, is all I need for a perfect boost of energy to keep me wanting to move on the next day. I am a simple person, I don’t need malls, day spas, though sometimes these do sound great, time alone or away to feel that I am ready to move on. If I did then I would be living in the wrong place that is for sure, as we don’t have any of those luxuries here.

I am just me, purely and simply put. I am first and foremost a child of God, a wife, a mother, and a grandmother, my life has been laid out before me, predestined, guided, and most of all rewarded within every turn I take throughout my day.

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  1. It's a very heartfelt post and I enjoyed reading it. You are a very special person to enjoy your life in the present moment. Not many can do it as well as you can.

  2. I can tell this is going to be a fabulous blog hop.

    Thank you for sharing, this was a very inspiring piece.

    Like you I am fairly easily pleased with my time. I am not one to spend hours at shopping malls. When given the opportunity to sho without children I generally go to a book store and shop for them anyway!!!

  3. Beautiful! I love to read genuine, heartfelt posts like this.

  4. I am visiting through the Homeschool Blog Hop. I enjoyed your post and you have a beautiful blog!


  5. You are such a great encouragement to me! I love how you help me to remember that my kids ARE my gift, and my time with them is the prize-not the spa trip away from them (though I have to admitt a spa sounds fun}.

  6. Very nice thoughts! I've always thought "me" time was a strange concept - I'm always "me" :)

  7. Love your post! I do agree that I can only hand very limited time alone - before I'm totally missing my family. So "Alone" time isn't really me time. I like to find things to do for myself - like a special chair or coffee or such, while I get to gaze at my family. :)

  8. I envy your ability to be able to enjoy the little moments like that, and housekeeping. I don't enjoy housekeeping, and I have way too much to do right now. Ugh, I'm thinking of disappearing off to have a bath......

  9. I love what you said about your family being a refuge. I agree with so many things you said and you have inspired me to do this blog hop!

  10. All so true. Great post.
    I don't enjoy housework either, but I do get much satisfaction when it is all done :) our home opperates so much smoother when I am organised and 'together'.