The Importance of Rest 

Today marks the last day of a week’s vacation, and it has been fantastic! While vacation is commonplace, this marks my first vacation in 2 years, the first with baby #4, and the first where I haven’t been fielding any phone calls from work in almost 5 years. It was incredibly overdue and much needed for this Mother Flustered mom, wife, and employee.  Originally, I only planned to take 2 1/2 days off, but the recent realization that Rest is so important prompted me to make Rest for myself and my family a priority.

As moms, wives, and employees (plus volunteers and any other title we carry as women) we tend to give of ourselves unconditionally and often without limits. Our ‘yes’ supersedes our ‘no’ and we put other’s desires for us before our own needs. There are the desires from others to work long hours, always be available by phone even when spending time with family, volunteer for the PTA or some kid-related activity because there are no other parents willing/able to give of their time, the countless fundraisers and chauffeuring kids to various activities. Add on to that late nights making cupcakes or costumes, cleaning, or simply trying to squeeze in a bit of ‘me’ time or ‘couple’ time and we are spent. With a lack of time to rest and rejuvenate, we can so easily (I can so easily) become flustered, exhausted and emotional.

This last week off for me provided much needed time with my family, both immediate and extended, and it provided me with days of doing what relaxes me, such as sitting by the water, kayaking, playing with my kiddos, and reading. We didn’t do anything elaborate, just enjoyed each other’s time. 

Ladies, if you haven’t (or if you don’t) take the time to rest, I implore you to do so. Take a day, take a week, and do what refreshes your body and soul. Not only will you be better off for it, but those around you will thank you as well.

Relaxing on a kayak and enjoying the beauty of God’s creation.

Exactly what is Mother Flustered?

As a mom, I find myself flustered more often than not. There is the morning hustle where no one is on time (not even me), we are running 15 minutes late, and the kids are fighting over which kind of popsicle belongs to who. There are the drives in the car where the kids are poking each other and the baby is crying because she is exhausted and just wants to be home. There are the late nights working, and when you get home you have just enough time to make PB&J’s for dinner before running out the door to get the kids to their activities. The list could go on and on. And whether or not you are working  an out-of-the-home job or are a stay-at-home mom, we all experience these flustered moments in life. It’s simply a part of it.

This blog has been created as a place to share those flustered moments and to encourage women that it is ok to not be perfect. We all experience these moments, no matter how pristine our Facebook photos look. It’s so easy (for me) to want to only share those pretty moments in life when all the kids are cooperating, even if it is only for those 5 seconds for the picture to take.

It is my hope and prayer that mom’s can find encouragement through this and that some humor will be shared along the way. Because, if we can’t laugh at ourselves and the crazy moments in life, we will just become miserable. And that’s just no fun. So, sit back, enjoy, and live Mother Flustered!