I recently went out of town for the Mylan Specialty Blogger's Summit (a two-part post dedicated to detailing every minute of this incredible experience is coming, so please stick around). When I left, I was feeling tired, rundown and overwhelmed. Every momma, whether a food allergy momma or not, has those moments when you feel completely out of control and like you cannot manage it all. I have two little ones that are still at home with me full-time and neither of them are good nappers, so most days, I literally don't get a break or a minute of alone time. Day after day. I know I am not alone, and I know that some have much, much harder situations to manage than mine. I am just saying that every mom has these moments of exhaustion, me included.
The Summit was incredible, energizing and inspiring. I returned with more energy and dedication. The last couple of nights when I helped my hubby put the girls down for the night, our oldest asked me to stay and cuddle with her for a couple of minutes. I won't lie, some nights (of course not all nights), I have said that I have too much work to do or am too tired and that I need to go to bed too. I am not perfect. And some nights it's true! My to-do list is terrorizing me, or I literally can't wait to veg out in front of the TV and have some down time. Well, the last several nights, I replied "yes," and snuggled right up to her. In those moments while she lays there playing with my hair instead of actually falling asleep, I am not thinking about anything other than how blessed we are, and how I wish these moments could last forever. I am so glad I have been saying "yes."
I remember reading an article titled Don't Carpe Diem a while back about how hard parenting is and how we have to savor the "Kairos" moments in time in order to make it through. I don't necessarily agree with everything that the author says but I do believe that these "Kairos" moments exist and that they do help us get up and start the day, day after day. I couldn't help but think of all the food allergy mommas out there, tirelessly working to keep their kiddos safe, fighting the good fight. We manage peanut and tree nut allergies. I personally know many other families that are managing multiple severe food allergies. I see how exhausting it can be. And I want to say to all of you, whether you are a food allergy momma or not- take note of your "Kairos" moments in time today. Feel free to share those moments in the comments below! I would love to know what helped you get through the day today. First up for me, enjoying a super hot, black cup of coffee before the girls get up. ;-)
Blessings from my family to yours ~