For the month of August, Kindred Mom is covering the following topics: The Wonder of Childhood, Mom-On-The-Go as well as some of our Core Themes.
Today, we are sharing an excerpt of a guest post Kindred Mom founder Emily Allen is sharing over on Leah Heffner’s blog, Life Around the Coffee Cup. Please visit there to read the complete post!
The lights are out and I walk through the playroom where three of our six kids sleep. I can hear the sound of their breathing, especially the small-framed five year old whose snoring matches her loud personality but not quite her physical size. It makes me laugh that she has the most commanding snore in the family.
The boys are asleep in an adjacent room, two in bunks, and one in a crib. I look in on the big boys, straightening their stray limbs and pulling the blanket corner over the feet that often stick out the sides or bottom of the covers. Those limbs are growing like weeds, it seems. Only two blinks ago, they were wee-little ones, toddling around with little toy trucks and sippy-cups in hand. Now, they are young men with goofy grins, and more mischief than I expected to encounter at ages seven and nine. I never imagined I could love them as much as I do.
My one year old has his face pressed against Thomas the Tank Engine, the motif on his crib sheet, with his knees pulled under him and his buns in the air. I tuck his blanket around him and tuck these moments into my heart.
Night is a sacred time for this mama’s heart. It wasn’t always that way. For years, I nursed a negative attitude through incessantly wakeful babies and occasionally sick children who cried out for me. If there was a night-time need, they roused me from my desperately-needed sleep to take care of things. I wish I could say it was my joy to do it, but most often, I rose with a twinge (or plentiful helping) of bitterness.
Come on, people. I haven’t slept in years. Please just let me sleep. Let someone else be the mom for a while.
Read the rest of this essay on Life Around the Coffee Cup…
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Emily Sue Allen is the founder of the Kindred Mom blog and podcast and is passionate about helping moms flourish in motherhood. She is a contemplative, creative soul who celebrates the beauty of a humble, handmade life and deeply values the power of encouragement. She lives with her husband and six kids in the Pacific Northwest, and personally blogs at lightandloveliness.com. She invites you to connect with the Kindred Mom community on Instagram or Facebook.