I am linking up with my friend, Mom's The Word to participate in her Monday meme, "Making Your Home Sing Monday." It's a day when we share what we are doing to bless our families in our home. If you would like to join in, click here.
How many of you ever get a "break?" And I don't mean one less child, or even two, but a chance to be by yourself? It doesn't have to be anywhere specific, but just the fact that you are ALONE! And it doesn't count when everyone is asleep (although that is nice too).
Does your husband, a grandparent, aunt, or good friend take your kids anywhere so you can have alone time? Are you able to meet a girlfriend or two for dinner, go to a bookstore, or even a coffee shop if you feel the need?
I'm blessed to have all of the above. I don't do it that often because I truly am content being at home with my kids. But, if I ever have that "I need a break" feeling, my husband completely understands.
I think that part of making your home sing is being able to be refreshed! I don't feel it's selfish to have those quiet moments to yourself. My husband used to ask me why I stayed up so late. Well, that is the time that I can actually be alone without any distractions or interruptions.
As moms, we do need that break once in awhile. Even if you don't have a girlfriend to hook up with, you can do anything by yourself! I find that being in a bookstore is sooo relaxing too! But, my whole point is that it's okay to have that downtime and not feel guilty about it.
Now, if I'm just plain ole' grumpy mom, then that means my heart needs to be checked, and I need to be in the Word to get me back on track! But, if I feel like I'm needing some "quiet time," then either I will do something alone (could even be just an errand), or my husband will take the kids somewhere.
After a couple of hours I find myself missing all of them, and I can't wait to get home! There's nothing better than me walking in the house and having them run up to me like I've been gone for months! In the end, I'm refreshed, I've missed them, they've missed me...it's all good!