Why Nap Time Needs to be Your Time

In my early days of motherhood, nap time was a stress filled sprint — dishes, laundry, pumping, bottle washing, meal prep, medical equipment upkeep, toilet scrubbing, and bills all demanded my attention. I ran on low trying to cram my long list of to-do’s into the 3-4 hour naps Uriah took a day.

I was tired, frazzled, angst-filled, and guilt ridden because the to-do lists were never fully done.

Thankfully, my sweet, thoughtful, Mr. Fix-it sort of husband encouraged (demanded?) that I either sleep or relax during one or both of Uriah’s naps. He wasn’t keen on coming home to a freaked-out wife especially when the pressure I was feeling was my own creation.

It took several months to adjust to this new expectation — sleep (or rest) when baby rests. I’m a list-maker and relaxing and/or napping during the day made me feel unproductive, guilty, and that I was failing as a mom and wife.

Are you in the same boat? Do you struggle with feeling defeated, exhausted, and frustrated while you try to juggle motherhood and life? You are not alone, sweet mama! We have all been in your shoes. 

I think it’s important to remember that we don’t indulge in mommy time because we want to dull our exhaustion and never ending to-do lists. We enjoy mommy time because it refreshes us, equipping us to love more, feel better, and work harder. Therefore, taking time to rest is important. Mama, make nap time your time!

For me, my avenues of relaxation include reading God’s Word and connecting through prayer, catching up on my current Netflix craze, reading a favorite book, coffee, napping, being creative (blogging or crafting), decorating the house for new seasons, and having a friend for devotions and lunch. I won’t lie, I do tend to clean during nap time but that is because I enjoy cleaning and keeping up our house. But in the early days of motherhood I needed more down time so cleaning tended wait.

Tell me — what are your favorite down times? I would love to get to know you better so leave me your current Netflix craze, relaxation tip, or book? Here’s to you mama … now go take a break! 🙂 

Love and blessings, 

Frannie

Full of Thanksgiving Entry // Week One

Finding Delight Through Thanksgiving

Welcome sweet people!

Part of digging into and discovering delight is practicing being thankful; when we see that life is more full than empty we’re able to delight more in the Lord and His gifts. Each Sunday, I plan to post quick, journal type entry of the following week’s blessings and moments worth being thankful over. It’s a simple, fun way for me to recognize and verbally give thanks for the many good things God brings our way.

This week I am rejoicing over and giving thanks for:

Waking up to snow Valentine’s Day

Celebrating my parent’s 29th wedding anniversary on February 14th (isn’t that cute?) 🙂

Having my Beloved Man surprise me with a beautiful, white orchid Valentine’s night

Two long-distance phone calls with very sweet friends

Going on a date with my Darling Man to one of our favorite pizza places downtown

Teaching p.e. on a sunny, warm day! 🙂

Working through hard things and growing closer together as a couple

Splurging with my man and buying a bogo pizza from Imos (we really like pizza) 😉

Meeting with the principal of the school and discovering areas of strength and areas I need to grow in as a teacher and finding fun ways to bring literature into the student’s creative hands!

Happy over my sister-in-law’s birthday — so thankful for her!

Celebrating my sister and brother-in-law’s finding a very cute rental! Woo-hoo!!

Coffee and movie with a very sweet friend.

What blessings and delights found you this week? Do you find giving thanks easy or something you need to train yourself in? Hoping you find the beauty in giving thanks!