Do you ever have those days or even weeks where you feel like you are stuck in the mud and just spinning your wheels? Well, it has definitely been one of those weeks for me.
My 3 oldest kiddos went back to school this past week, including my little Savannah who started kindergarten. Sending a little one to kindergarten is one of those bittersweet moments that we anticipate with a little excitement and a little dread at the same time. She was super excited, though, and that always helps take the sting away a little, I suppose.
Getting ready for school also means that my summer routine has ended and this craziness of shuffling kids and a full-time job resumes. I mean, I was shuffling kids during summer, too, but I didn’t really care what clothes they had on or if their hair was brushed before going to my moms or the sitter’s. Plus, my commute to work more than doubles when they are in school.
Of course, this also means trying to play Supermom and cook a decent breakfast before school. This will be as short-lived as the cinnamon rolls I scorched in the oven on day 2. Some days I am really great at multitasking, and some days not-so-much.
So between getting a kindergarten physical done (very last minute, might I add), back-to-school night, and getting back into the routine, I completely fell off the wagon this week with my cleaning routine. My house was trashed which doesn’t take long to do with 4 littles and a husband, 2 dogs, and myself. Laundry didn’t get done everyday and dishes stacked up. I spent most of today (Sunday) cleaning up and doing laundry.
It totally reminded me why I do not want to spend my weekends catching up on housework! I absolutely hated it, and it put me in a foul mood, which everyone else hated.
So, this week I will do better.
See, here’s the thing, Mama. Sometimes we fall short. Sometimes we just can’t seem to muster up the energy to put one foot in front of the other. Sometimes we are exhausted, and maybe we just want to pout a little.
Or maybe, just maybe, some days we just want to hold our little ones a little longer because tomorrow they are starting kindergarten…or 1st grade…or 7th, and we know that we will never have this day again. They will never look just the way they look today. Their voices will never sound exactly the same. And as the days pass by, they need you less and less. So today, we decide that we need them more than we need clean clothes.
So this week, I fell off the wagon with my housecleaning, but I did spend some valuable time with my kiddos which is WAY more important.
GRACE is what I will give myself today… I am striving for progress, not perfection, and I have definitely made progress on this journey. Tomorrow is another day, so I will take a step back and maybe make a few changes in my routine, but I will not beat myself up about it. My kids will always take priority over a clean house if it’s one of those weeks where I have to choose. So, grace it is, my friends.
I hope today you can extend grace to yourself. We all need it, probably more often than we would like to admit. We are so quick to extend it to others, but not to ourselves who often need it most.
Today, lets give ourselves grace. Tomorrow we will try again.