- Hugs from my children. They are getting older and the cuddle time is becoming shorter, so I enjoy the moments we have.
- A glass of iced cold sweet tea. I'm trying to eliminate sugar from my meals, so the rare moment of enjoying this lovely beverage is treasured.
- Writing. I love to write and find it cathartic. Without this outlet, I become cranky and unpleasant.
- Quiet moments when I can hear myself think, pray for patience, and create plans for how to get things accomplished. (My brain does not organize very well when on sensory overload.)
- Thursday nights. (Thank you Shonda Rhimes) My guilty pleasure of watching 3 television shows back to back is like an infusion of missing electrolytes. Without this I begin to feel dehydrated and weak from lack of imagination. I love the writing for these shows.
- Organizing my paperwork. Seems so simple, yet is incredibly satisfying when I can purge, file, and clean up my desk area. My brain desperately needs these activities.
- Cleaning house. This has to have a plan of attack. I have done pretty well at delegating some tasks to the children, now that they are older and can handle more responsibilities. Bringing the groceries in from the car is a big one. They can also clean their own rooms, bathrooms, and load dishes into the dishwasher. Here's the rub: It's not going to be the exact way I would accomplish the tasks. There is a huge learning curve, especially with how the dishwasher needs to be loaded. A child's idea of "complete" is not going to mirror an adult's. So at some point an adult level run through of the house will be necessary. On the days when I have accomplished this, I am happy. Following such an effort, a nap will be necessary. This will bring me much needed joy and peace.
- Those moments when all three children have been tucked into bed and are all asleep at the same time...this is ultimate gift to a tired mom. I can read a book and actually feel like I understand it with each page turning moment.
- I love it when each child wakes up on time, gets ready for school, and we are out the door without any arguments, drama, or incidents.
- Finishing a blog post. This makes me incredibly happy. It feels good to complete a project, share the results, and receive insights from other writers. It's a joy to feel like somewhere, somehow, you might be making a difference to someone else who is experiencing a rough day.
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