Thursday, June 14, 2012

Slow Down, Simplify and Play

A few weeks ago I went to an all day Women's Retreat. As we reached the end of one of the sessions, the speaker gave us about 10 minutes to simply be silent in our seats, pray and reflect on what God was speaking to us. Well, when I'm quiet and I finally slow down, it doesn't take long for God to start getting through to me and during this particular time of listening, He put a few key words on my heart: Clarify, Simplify, Play, Pray, Rest and Write.

Oh yes, I need to need to work on those things but, life gets so busy and I get so caught up in the day to day grind that I forget to slow down and remember to act on what I've heard. The last few days have been especially draining as a mom. I hate to even say that because being a mommy is a wonderful thing but, I've got to be honest and say that sometimes, it totally wipes me out. My husband works A LOT and honestly, I parent solo more than any other mom I know. He doesn't work this much by choice so, there's not a lot we can do about it right now. I know we have so much to be thankful for so, I don't even want to complain but the truth is, when your husband works 70 hours in ONE week, it's exhausting for everyone.
The last few days, the words Simplify and Play have re-entered my mind again and again. We have something going on every weekend throughout the rest of this month and for the entire month of July. And well, I have like 1,000 hobbies or activities that I'd like to do, that aren't easily done with a 1 year old and a 3 year old. It's just too much! I often compare myself to other moms and wish that I thrived on constant activity and chaos like they do. But, the truth is, I don't and those moms that I'm comparing myself to have kids that are older than mine. Sure I love having fun, going and doing but, not all the stink'n time. For me, it's time to simplify and play.

A big part of me wants to cancel any commitment that I have right now. To completely clear my calendar and just stay at home and enjoy my kids. I know that won't truly make me happy though and I'm glad that I have activities, plans, hobbies and even a fun vacation planned.

My kids are little but, they're getting older quickly. It's time to slow down, manage my time wisely, say "yes" to them more, and play. So what about you, do you have really young children and can you relate? How do you slow down, let a few things go and play more?


  1. The best advice I have is to listen! Plus it is summer, so take things a little easier!

  2. Yes! I can relate! My husband works long hours too! This has been a crazy week - I'm committed to keeping next week's calendar clear!

  3. If you have stuff on the weekend, perhaps you need to completely CLEAR your week. That's what I had to do when Daniel and Mercy were the ages of J and P. It helped. It was hard to do and sometimes I had other moms look at me like I was strange for not participating in play dates or get-togethers. But I needed to do it for my sanity! (Eric worked farther away then and was gone very long hours too.) Eventually I didn't tell the other moms why I couldn't do something, I just said it didn't work with our schedule. Then I tried to not feel guilty :) I'll be praying that you will be able to slow down, simplify, and play this next week. Love you.

  4. I feel the SAME way! It seems like we've been so busy lately--I don't mind being busy but it was getting ridiculous. I'm looking forward to a relaxing summer with hardly any commitments. :)

  5. This is an amazing post! I just had a similar conversation with a friend (we are both Moms, but we both feel the need to go, go ,GO all the time. I think it's about comitting to be "present" or "all in" on what you choose to do. Trying to juggle too much just muddies the waters amkes everyone unhappy.


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