My Valentine’s decorations are up already, and I would love to say that all my other holiday decorations are down. Alas, they are not. We have 4 rotting pumpkins in our flowerbed. I swore this would not happen again this year because pumpkin vines are the worst to get rid of! We also have our nativity set still falling over when the wind blows in the front yard. Oh, and the Christmas lights on the bushes.
There just never seems to be enough time to do everything. When we do have down time in the evenings, it is dark.
Some of the things that need to be done can be chalked up to being lazy when we are kid-free, but I would like to think that by saying “no” to necessary activity x, I am saying “yes” to something better. Sometimes that may mean I am saying “yes” to being fulling present with my children instead of always cleaning. Sometimes I am saying “yes” to an hour of silence and being still so my body can rest, instead of finding another project to complete.
Something I learned while I was a teacher is that there is always something to do, but I had to determine what “had” to be done that day. The same thing is true as a SAHM. I must have meals for my family, but I don’t always have to have all the laundry done. I must give myself rest or I will get sick (cough, cough), I don’t always have a picked a kitchen.
By saying “no” to something, you are giving yourself the opportunity to say “yes” to something else. (Those sentiments are from Lysa Terkeurst’s book The Best Yes. Highly recommend.)