Want vs Need

The rain is here. Finally.

The baby is still napping, the kids are relaxing watching a movie sharing snuggles with mom, and I’m going to soak it all up.

Of course, it started pouring and I realized the girls’ rain boots were still on the front sidewalk, and the dog decided she needed to pee. Two of my biggest pet peeves - a wet dog and wet feet. I acquired both in a matter of minutes. Life will go on, I guess.

There are so many things I need to do. There’s a mountain of laundry on my bed that needs folded, an overflowing basket of diapers that need stuffed, toys to pick up, the floor could use a good vacuum, another load of laundry to start. My “need to do” list never ends, but I can control how much of those things I let control me.

Breaks are okay. Take them.

Instead of tackling my list I put on a comfy sweatshirt and pants, turned the air up enough it isn’t running, opened the windows, dimmed the lights and turned on a lamp, and warmed myself a bowl of leftovers from dinner last night. I am choosing me. The kids are happy and content, so I have a short break to write and to read.

Normally I scramble around trying to finish everything before the baby wakes, but not today. It’s raining. The perfect way to have a comfy, cozy day inside with the kids.

Change your priorities, I promise it’s worth it. You matter just as much as those around you. It’s hard at first, not rushing and raging around to get everything done so you might be granted five minutes to sit alone with yourself and maybe your babies, but when you adjust it becomes so much easier to do.

Your kids will enjoy it just as much as you do. They could use some more mama, dad, caregiver time that doesn’t revolve around cleaning, technology, and keeping up with the Jones’.

Breathe. Just simply breathe.

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