Every Mother's Day, our whole extended family gathers together for brunch at Pig N' Pancake. It's a long-standing tradition of 20+ years - always the same place, always the same group, and sometimes we even get the same waitress that served us 20 years ago. This year, as I sat there surrounded by Belgian waffles and those I love most, I had this thought about how fortunate I am at this stage in my life to have so many roles in my family. I am a granddaughter. A daughter. A wife. A sister. A mother. A cousin. A niece. And an auntie.
No wonder this stage of life seems so busy. I'm fortunate to live near a lot of family, so there are a lot of family events, days spent with my grandma, game nights at the parents house, etc. that go on. There are times that all these family events/gatherings make me feel spread too thin. I worry that I don't spend enough time with my friends. Or that I don't dedicate enough time to exercise. Or that I'm yet again falling behind on important projects. But this past Mother's Day, when I was surrounded by all my family, I felt totally fulfilled. I've been thinking about that the past couple days, and trying harder to focus embracing this busy yet fulfilling time in life.
All of my immediate family live near me and are healthy and happy- that is something I don't take that for granted at all. So the fact that I'm busily nurturing my roles as a mom and daughter and granddaughter etc. is a good enough reason for me to let go of the expectation of myself to also be able to do everything else. I may not see my friends every week, but the closest ones are still close to me and have shown me so much grace and understanding (as they are busy with kids/family themselves). I'm also not a perfect mom, or a perfect wife. My house is a mess 80% of the time. Let's not talk about my car. And I'm still working on my 2015 family photo album. But I am giving my best to the people and the things that are priorities in my life, which I've decided is a way better use of my energy than striving for perfection in anything else.
Hope all you momma's out there had a wonderful Mother's Day!!
I’m Betty and I live in the beautiful pacific northwest. I'm a mommy. Vegetarian. Wife to a meatatarian. Pediatric physical therapist. Outdoor enthusiast. Enjoyer of fitness/healthy living. Even bigger enjoyer wine and chocolate lava cake. And hoping to find some balance between it all.