Dear Weary Mom,
I want to write to encourage you but also encourage myself in this season of life that is difficult.
When you have young children, there are messes.
There are tantrums and tears.
There are fights between siblings, and dirty diapers, and mealtime struggles. There are grocery store meltdowns and LOTS of laundry.
It can often times be overwhelming. Today has been one of those days for me in which I’ve found myself crying right along with the toddler. Several times. Some days I am just so weary and I know that many other moms feel the same.
We need to cling to the good moments and the reassurance that it will get better! Our kidlets will learn. They will slowly stop whining. They will become more able to do things on their own. They will sleep through the night.
There are cuddles and hugs and sleepy squishy newborns to hold.
There are random “I love you Mommy”s. There are those fantastic attempts that a preschooler makes to say long words. (I’ll admit, sometimes I ask my 3 year old to say a tricky word for the fun of hearing how it comes out.)
There are smiles. There are all of those wonderful firsts.
But for now, during this weary season, I want to remind you that it’s OK to cry now and again. It’s OK to escape into the other room by yourself and refocus. It’s OK to let the chores slide a little bit. I find it much easier to enjoy my kids if I’m not rushing, trying to get everything done.
The best things in life don’t come easily. We aren’t perfect and we will make mistakes. But our kids will forgive us and we can forgive ourselves. Take each day as it comes, each hour as it comes.
We can rely on God’s promises through the hard days.
28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV (emphasis mine)
9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
Galatians 6:9 NKJV (emphasis mine)
Another Weary Mom.