1. Coffee (Stillness).
Whatever your morning pick-me-up may be it's vitally important to maintain within your daily routine. It helps you start your day off on the right foot, to center yourself, and to allow room for you to put on your "Super Mom"
cape before entering into the fray of activity within your home. On your birthday, take an extra 10 minutes to "just breathe" and "be"
; "be still and know" (Psalm 46:10a).2. Recognition.
To be reminded of your worth through others validation. Whether it be a simple, "Happy Birthday", or a more substantial card laying out sentiments of why you're appreciated and loved; affirmation of who are, what you do, gifts you with a buoyant spirit as you continue to do your mothering best to keep your household afloat. It's important to be recognized.3. Napping (Silence).
The laundry and dishes will pile-up; however, your sanity is far more important! The only way to find your way through is to nap when your children do. Sleep deprivation plays tricks on you. Sleep when your babies sleep because soon enough there will be no more naps and you'll long for the days when you could catch a cat nap within the sun's rays. Sleep when and while you can.4. Hotel Stay (A Day Off).
What better gift could there possibly be than a day off that incorporates Stillness (#1) and Napping (#3) and Room Service (#8)? A pampered day and night to do nothing at all or whatever you'd like. Sounds like heaven, am I right?5. Cleaning Services.
As a mom with young kids, and babes in arms, it's a near impossibility to get your household "to do" lists done! The definition of insanity: Cleaning up after a toddler. It's been popularly compared to shoveling snow while it's still snowing because it's true; and, who does that? Some things are meant to be hired out. There's no shame in it. Some people thrive on bringing order to chaos and most tired mama's are not
those people even if they used to be. One of the best gifts a mama can receive is that of extra hands and help. Hire it! You, your husband, and kiddos will be so much happier because of it. It's a gift that'll keep on giving.6. Girl's Night Out.
Once upon a time I hadn't left the house, for a true girl's night out, (sans children), for five years. FIVE YEARS! That's far too long. A girl's night out, just like a hotel stay, brings all sorts of comfort and delight. It's a shared camaraderie you can't experience anywhere other than alongside of those who're also in the trenches. With these fellow mama's you can spill the beans and it'll all make sense even if you're talking gibberish. Toddler talk will be understood here, laughed about, and accepted; there's room for you at the table, find a mama and talk a bit!7. Date Night with the Hubs.
There's the couple you were before kids and the couple you're after. If you're to stay together you must spend time together. Just you two. Away from the chaos and constant chatter and non-stop interruptions. To be heard, to be loved, to be cherished, love must be fostered. Time intentionally spent alone, out together, is priceless. More of that is exactly what a Mom on her birthday needs.8. Take Out/Eat In.
Sometimes life is such where sitters are scarce, and extended family lives far away, and you can't get out without your kids in tow. The next best thing? Take-out, to eat in, after the kids have gone to bed. A delivery to your door; or, a personal chef for a special, candle-lit dinner at home. Life is what you make it and even if extra hands can't be found to care for your children alongside of you burdens can still be lifted, your life celebrated, and a day off from cooking and baking gifted. Food always tastes better when you aren't the one making it.9. Grandparents.
If you have access to your parents, and they're of the variety that doesn't mind playing, then you are blessed! Call on your parents often! No better babysitters in the world than those that love your children; perhaps, even more than you do! Who needs to worry while out and about when it's the kids grandparents in charge of the pack? The kids will have fun and you will too; grandparents are simply the best!10. Happiness and Joy.
What every mama wants and deserves. More of those two things served up on a platter and filling our bellies full? "Yes, please!" We want to radiate with joy and have happy in our every day; no more truer than on our birthday. My wish for you: May you find your happy and be joy-filled ever after.
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