I have been a little disheartened these past few weeks over some issues lying heavily on my chest. I struggle with being extremely tenderhearted; I let what others do and say rock me to my core. Being stuck inside due to the cold weather has only intensified those feelings, and I have been feeling the need to get out of the cage I’ve been in. Being outside always recharges my batteries, and the minute it warms up, I make a beeline for the door. We spent some time outside the other day, and it was obvious that everyone really needed and enjoyed it.
That morning, I woke up extra early and packaged all of the orders we needed to ship out, answered emails, posted on social media, and fixed breakfast for the family. People don’t realize how incredibly hard and time consuming it is to work from your home with children running around you. I do not lounge around all day while Derrek feeds me grapes and fans my face (only in my dreams). Being a SAHWM has its pros and cons, but I would not trade it for this world. You have to work for what you want, and you have to adjust your schedule to accommodate all of the many balls you juggle.
After the work was done and everyone had full bellies, we ventured outside. South Carolina weather can be absolutely gorgeous, and it was exactly that outside. Almost 86 degrees in March with the perfect amount of breeze was what we were given to enjoy and everyone truly did. It is amazing what just being outside can do for your soul. Mother Nature has a way of showing you how great our God truly is to have created all of this for us to enjoy. My problems seem so small and trivial compared to the greatness around me.
Nolan enjoyed being a typical boy by riding his bicycle and playing in a big dirt pile his Papa Jack built for him.
Harper enjoyed running around after Nolan. She is his shadow and never leaves his side even when he doesn’t want her tagging along.
Later that afternoon, Derrek and I took the kids to play tennis uptown. Playing tennis has been my favorite form of exercise during my pregnancies. During both of my pregnancies, we played a lot, and I plan on doing the same thing in the future. Harper and Nolan ran around on the court beside us, and Derrek and I playfully hit back and forth for a little bit. Everyone left with smiles on their faces and warm spots in their souls!
After we left the courts, I paused for a moment and thanked the big man upstairs. I unloaded all of my troubles to Him, and although He didn’t make them disappear, He gave me a clear head to understand my journey better. I encourage anyone and everyone who starts feeling discouraged or overwhelmed to take a break from what is causing the stress and head outside. If you can take a walk on the beach, go to a park, sit next to a pond or a lake, DO IT! The cheapest therapy is right outside your front door.