I get to see my children every day. I take this for granted, and will find myself making casual statements of, “I would like a break.” A break. From my children and my regular, every day, Mom routines.
Please know, if you are in the same boat as I am, this is okay. It is absolutely okay to want or need breaks, and to take them. But today, I’d also like to offer the reminder to be grateful for the time we do get with our children and our families.
This is not meant to be a somber post, not necessarily. But today it is a bit sad for me, as my heart aches for a good friend. She proudly serves our country, and has been given the orders to deploy. Her preparations for this deployment were going smoothly, yet, I can only imagine how challenging, as she prepares to leave her husband and children. Her and her husband dropped the kids off with family this past weekend, and she intended to be able to visit before she deployed. But today the orders changed. She no longer gets to go back to see her children before heading overseas.
While it is not my story to share, I can say she will be away from her family far too long. My tears today are overflowing, and my difficult times with my children have been forgiven. Today I have been reminded to love my children and my time with them.
My dear friend is not the only one I know that has to be away from her children. There are many circumstances, some terribly heartbreaking.
We all have unique situations. Truly unique. And that is why I encourage parents to embrace their unique identities, because no two people, and no two situations, are the same.
So, this Mombie Hack Monday, I encourage you to be grateful, and appreciate your moments with your family. When we are grateful, we will feel less like Mombies and more like loving Mommies.