For the last few weeks there has been a gradual, but HUGE difference in how I feel mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually. I feel terrific! Perhaps as good as I have felt in my life. The funny thing is, I don't think I 'look' better...and I don't really care because I feel so much healthier and alive.
I attribute it to four things: Regular exercise, consistent time with God, rest and sunshine. Having children sleeping through the night, gaining significant independence in their play and ability to work things out has enabled the consistency in my schedule. I am not sure I would have been able to work the consistent morning quiet time and working out in before this point in my children's lives, but I really do wish I had tried. It is really amazing the difference it makes. I am snapping less, smiling more, feeling more energetic and up for adventure...it is terrific.
Not that any age or stage is perfect...they each bring their own challenges. (See post below.) But, feeling healthier certainly makes the coping a bit better. I know there are many of you who read this blog who have children the same age as mine or younger. I want to encourage you that there IS light at the end of the diaper changing, on-call all night, sleep-deprived tunnel. There really is!!! Hang in there, sisters!