When Life Won’t Slow Down

So, in the summer, life is crazy. Plans are spontaneous and vacations abound. Then the fall comes and I’m like, “Thank GOD! We can finally slow down, get back to a routine and enjoy autumn.” Yeah right. School starts and the season changes and, yes, we do have a routine, but is it really less chaotic than the summer? I don’t think so. I still have an older child to get to school on time, homeschool lesson plans to create, finalize, print off and teach, 4 different lunches to make, dinner to plan and prep, babies to change and get down for naps, and oh yes, A BLOG to write, promote and answer emails for!

And then, because it is fall, I’m crazily sorting, cleaning, tagging and boxing up outgrown clothes, shoes and toys to sell at my favorite children’s and maternity consignment sale, for which I also do the marketing and PR. AND, lucky me, hunting season is about to begin, which means I will not see my husband, and my children will not see their father every weekend for nearly the entire months of October and November. Which also equates to having fewer mommy-sanity breaks during these two months, either. (sigh)

So, suffice to to say that I am run very ragged right now and I apologize if I am not answering emails or posting amazing motherhood stories as frequently as I had hoped. I’m certain it will get better soon. Of course then the HOLIDAYS will be here. Who am I kidding? I seriously think I have this misconceived notion in my head that life will slow down, but honestly it never does! Oh well, it certainly keeps me on my toes and prevents boredom, though, doesn’t it?

All that being said, while I try to keep my head above the water at home and prepare for the AMAZING upcoming “adoption month” stories I have planned for you in November, I’d like to repost some of my favorite oldie, but goody mama stories. I hope you enjoy!

A Mentor, Teacher-Mother: Lana’s Story
You don’t have to have biological or legal children to be a mother. Sometimes, a woman can take on a mothering role in the lives of others as a mentor and teacher. Lana’s story is a beautiful example of this precious and important job.

A Life of Adventure: ย Beth’s Story
Life can throw us all sorts of curve balls; teen pregnancy, single motherhood, blended families. Motherhood is an adventure and Beth’s story paints an exciting picture of how life can be full of adventure as well if we choose to never let circumstances get us down.

Grown to Mother: Kara’s Story
There are working mothers, stay-at-home mothers, part-time mothers and to each her own. But sometimes we get to the middle of our lives and wonder if what we did was right. If the sacrifices were worth it. And then we reach a crossroads; where will we go from there? Kara shares her own personal struggles with this in her powerful, ‘coming into her own’ story.

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40 thoughts on “When Life Won’t Slow Down

  1. Don’t worry, it will eventually slow down – after the kids are grown up and the nest is empty! Enjoy, no CHERISH, the hectic-ness (if that is a word) of this time. Not to say the empty nest isn’t great as well!

  2. I know how you feel. I keep thinking if I can just work like crazy and get ahead on the blog and still do the family and house things then I will be set but like you who am I kidding life will not slow down for at least 17 years when my youngest hopefully goes to college and then I am sure I will be busy in a different way. Oh, I am not looking forward to my kids growing up and going to college, I actually am sad thinking about it.

    • Amen! Thank you for resonating with me! In a way, I am thankful for the craziness, because it means my arms are full and not empty. Thanks for stopping by M2M today! Blessings!

  3. I told a friend Saturday evening, “This day has just been one thing after another.”
    She told me she was sorry it was a tough day.
    I explained, “Actually, it’s been a wonderful day. I just have had no down time at all. A friend was getting married, and then I hurried home to let the dog out, and then I hurried back to the luncheon, and then I had to contact a bunch of people about a rehearsal time change. After that I had to . . . clean frosting off my dress”
    I could go on. It is hard when life won’t slow down, but I hope I can see the best of it.

  4. Life is just a long list of things to do! You get up, do your best, sleep and repeat (at least that’s what I keep telling the kids!) I tell myself that only boring people have spare time (and tidy houses), it helps to make me feel better and I dash from one thing to another trying to keep up!

  5. It’s true that life just doesn’t slow down… in fact, I think things are moving faster every year! It is good to stop expecting that wonderful “slow down” time and work to make things work… amid all the busyness, although I keep searching for some busyness that can be cut out. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. This is me exactly! I love summer and will miss the warm weather, but always look forward to things slowing down. This year, my sister is getting married in November so things will be pretty ramped up until then. And then there’s the holidays, etc., etc. I’m also going to check out the link for Lana’s story because, as a stepmother, I don’t always feel I fit in on “Mother’s Day” and other “Mother” themed events. But, I realize I have an impact on her life. I blogged about this around Mother’s Day this year. Thanks for acknowledging this.

    • I LOVE that! You play such an important mother role in your stepdaughter’s life. I would love to read your post about this, and if you are ever interested in sharing that story here, I would be honored to feature you!

  7. I’m so glad to know I’m not the only one! And I too have hunting season coming up. Fun times! I’ve been trying to find other outlets though. Like the gym has a kids corner with a max of 2 hours. ANd let me tell you, they are 2 blissful hours. Sometimes I feel like a bad mommy, but on the other hand, I think I’m a better mommy for it. I’m happier and a whole lot nicer =) and have a better attention span. Found you on The Life of Jennifer Dawn link up party! =)

  8. Let me tell you, I can relate to you 100%. Life doesn’t slow down often enough anymore. It seems like we’re all living a rat race to try to keep up with everything. I can remember having loads of time to read books and chat with my mom while she leisurely enjoyed a cup of coffee.
    Your post hits home in many ways. In all out honestly, I think we place many of these stresses on ourselves. Of course, I’ve noticed it more since I got a new planners that are literally forcing me to look at how I spend my time more.

  9. I can totally relate. For me when this time happens it feels like the walls are closing in on me and I have to stop and take a look at all that I have on my plate and figure out what i need to cut just so that I can get me some me time. Without my me time I’m not the same mom, I’m not the best mother that I can be.

  10. There is a time when they leave home and you just wish them back to those toddler days, but your days can be just as full and hectic with too much to do but no excuses as to why you haven’t completed them.

  11. I hear you… fall can be a very busy season. Be gentle on yourself. It’s nice to reshare some oldies too… that way you don’t have to dig up new content, you can bring life to old content!

    Wishing you some peace and calmness in this season.

    Thanks for sharing and linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

  12. I’m guilty of thinking life will slow down, too. Then I’m disappointed when it doesn’t! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you have a wonderful fall even though it’s busy! Thanks for linking up to Motivational Monday.

  13. I’m still waiting for things to “settle down” and I just became a great-grandma! But I praise God that I’m still able to do all the things I do! While I do believe we all need more “margins” to keep us from running-ragged, it’s good to embrace every season, even with its busyness.

    Blessings!

  14. Life can get very busy at times but I try to be grateful for what I have and if I look at it a different way I don’t seem to get as stressed out by the busy-ness of life. But it is nice when you do have some weekends that are slower and you can relax and rejuvenate. #TeamMM

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  16. Oh I can so relate. We are soon moving from the city to the coast and I am so hoping life will slow down a bit too…but it probably won’t! Thanks so much for linking to the #pinitparty. Have pinned ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. I know what you mean. I keep thinking if I can get organized enough and streamline my processes enough, then that will be enough. But the truth is, that when I run out of things to do, I find more things to do. I think it’s really a matter of just choosing to STOP. Which is very hard to do sometimes! Thanks for sharing on Equipping Godly Women Fellowship Fridays!

  18. No, I don’t think life ever slows down. Thanks for linking up at the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop! We hope you stop by again next week!

  19. Oh, I get that craziness life can throw at us sometimes, that swirling around, struggling to stand, dizziness from a life that seems like we are chasing it, a hundred miles an hour. But, I love your take…a full life means, we are not settling for complacency, backing down, slowing the engine in a life that is only temporary, passing, fleeting. Our real reward, our real rest, our real time of tranquility and reflection will all come when we hear Him tell us, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Well done.”

  20. I miss some of those times ;(

    Thanks so much for linking up at Teach Me Tuesday party last week. I look forward to seeing what you link up again this week. Hope you’ll be there!

    Have an awesome week ๐Ÿ™‚

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