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Slowing down…whether I want to or not:)

Lest you think I’m the energizer bunny and never run out of energy–I finally did…today. And it’s such a good reminder for me to slow down during this busy season. Christmas is my favorite season, but if I’m not careful I turn into party mom, taxi mom, craft mom, and even burned out mom. Some times I have to step back and remind myself that I have 4 kids ages 6 and under–and it’s okay to feel tired. I woke up this morning at 4am to Isaac needing some Tylenol from the day before–and I realized I had officially hit a wall…going almost 5 months on little sleep and so many added things to our plates that we never planned for. So, I had to hand our littlest guy to Richard this morning and my fatigue had made me physically sick. I spent today in the bed (when I wasn’t hugging the toilet) and I’m not sure if I picked up a virus at the hospital OR if it was just 5 months of over doing it…but really not having much of a choice as when little ones need care–it’s us mommies who are there to provide it.

So…this morning–Richard cancelled his travel plans to make a presentation out of state for work, Isaac skipped physical therapy, and mommy hibernated sleeping the day away catching up for the last 5 months. I’m feeling like I want to go back into the cocoon we were in for the first few months we were home. Richard and I were just talking last night how there is no way to really prepare for the needs a new one brings to your plates–and we know a year from now, things will be much different and even easier. I’ve never been more thankful for the support system we have in friends and family!

We’ve made the official decision that some how, we just have to slow down. (Not easy for this momma!) BUT much needed. Please keep us in your prayers as we continue to pour into our little ones and our new ones needs–and that the Lord will give us rest and strength. So…here’s to hoping for more days and nights with less hustle and bustle and coming up with more things to do…and more nights of just sitting together, resting and enjoying family and friends.

Off to rest up…and hopefully feel better soon.

Elle J - December 8, 2010 - 10:42 pm

I hope you feel better, and with the feeling better, that you continue your rest and slower pace as you desire. Hugs to you my dear.

abby - December 8, 2010 - 10:47 pm

hope you are well soon. and so glad isaac did so well.

Alison - December 8, 2010 - 10:59 pm

Hope you feel better soon!!! We need to slow down too…and we don’t even have 4 kids…yet! 🙂

Tara - December 8, 2010 - 11:05 pm

Oh sweet girl, rest to you,
Isten to the body, you are great momma

Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - December 8, 2010 - 11:31 pm

I will be praying for you. Get well soon! Get some rest. We will miss you but we will be glad to see you healthy when you return.

Jennifer - December 8, 2010 - 11:59 pm

Okay…so laughing at how we are tracking together! I just hit a wall last week! Things were busy and Abby was doing so much better and I found myself getting back into the “norm” and what I normally could do. However, I kept dropping the ball on things. It started piling up and then I melted! Realized that the Lord was calling me to just “be” in this season and slow down again. My boys have picked up so many things going to school this year and it has been one illness after another (yes fishing the retainer out of the toilet when Sam unexpectedly got sick was my BREAKING POINT..GROSS!). Okay…so back into a semi-cacoon we go too!!! 🙂 Jenny

Nikki - December 9, 2010 - 1:02 am

Praying for you, Andrea.

Chelsey - December 9, 2010 - 2:47 am

Awwwh, 🙁 feel better soon … I know, I was there this time last week; I feel your pain. Rest up!

Tiffini - December 9, 2010 - 7:34 am

I gotta tell you that I’m relieved to hear you are slowing down. I know that is definitely from the Lord. You concern me, girl, with all that you do! You are such a blessing to so many, don’t get me wrong. But there is a time for rest.
I hit the wall a few weeks ago and I got sick two weeks in a row – sick like I could not get out of bed. That never happens to me! God will force us to rest when we don’t do it ourselves. Get better, rest, and enjoy your family, my friend.

ellen - December 9, 2010 - 7:54 am

I am always so amazed by all you do but am glad to know you are indeed human. (I always wonder how you do it all). Praying for rest and peace for you. Enjoy your breather.

Tisha Alexander - December 9, 2010 - 8:29 am

I hope you feel better soon! It is never fun when Mommy is sick. I am thankful that your hubby was able to stay home.

Deborah L. King - December 9, 2010 - 8:37 am

Take the rest you need. Praying for you.

jenn - December 9, 2010 - 9:04 am

From one mom that like sot “go go go” to another…take the time you need to rest up. All the activity will be there waiting for you when/if you want to pick it back up later. Some people need motivation to get going and some need motivation to take a break…thinking God knew you needed a little R&R (too bad it was spent in the bathroom!!) Praying for a quick recovery and slow week!

april - December 9, 2010 - 9:15 am

oh andrea…i’m so sorry and so glad your hubby is staying home so you can catch up on some rest! Last night I was praying for strength too b/c Isaac is still waking up twice every night to eat and its starting to wear on me with getting little sleep but thankfully he gave mommy a good nap this morning! I cannot imagine how you do it with four but I long for the day when Isaac (my isaac) might have little brothers and sisters running around with him too! :0)

Sandi H. - December 9, 2010 - 10:48 am

Last night we saw a Children’s Christmas play & a little girl with Down’s syndrome stole the entire show. She played one of the shepherds & every time the kids sang she would run to the front of the stage, throw her hands up, raise her face to the sky, and sing her heart out. Her face literally glowed with pure JOY! Though she didn’t get all of the words right, & sang out of tune at the top of her voice, it was breathtaking! As I watched this little angel, holding my 5 yr old & 6 yr old boys on my lap with tears streaming down my face, I was thanking God. It was an amazing reminder that it really is all about HIM. We decided to lighten our calendar & put the focus on worshiping God with that same joy. We will be praying for some rest, peace, & JOY for you all!

Rebecca Harley - December 9, 2010 - 12:58 pm

praying that you are feeling better today. Wish we lived closer so that I could help out!!!

Staci - December 9, 2010 - 1:13 pm

“The sleep of a laborer is sweet” Ecc. 5:12 — praying for peaceful rest and refreshment.

Dawn - December 9, 2010 - 1:58 pm

PRAYING resting and healing over your home!!!

Megan - December 9, 2010 - 4:30 pm

Oh Andrea, I hope you start feeling better VERY soon! You’re family needs you healthy, so I think its a smart plan to hunker downfor a bit.