Mama is on a Roll!

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

My parents would say sarcastically "you're sure on a roll" when I was acting out as a teenager. I don't think they meant it in a positive way, but as a Mama of a teen daughter, that's an article I'm not quite ready to write. Maybe in a few years once we've both survived...IF we survive...

Now days, I talk about a different kind of roll as we enter a new school year. I say things like "are we ready to roll?" or "the key is rolling with the punches!" Some days I feel like I'm the frosting on a delicious cinnamon roll and other days I feel like a steam roller has rolled over the top of me. I'm fairly certain parenting during a pandemic is a delicate balance between good and evil. I'm back to writing. I've been doing a fair share of reading - although if the book doesn't grab me from the get go it's likely going to sit unfinished gathering dust. My attention span is similar to that of my toddler. We've been eating healthier and exercising more. I haven't watched a thing on television. Some days I'm up at the crack of dawn and other days I'm up just in time to make lunch. Then again, that can usually be excused since my bedtime is very inconsistent and I'll start on a project and stay up til the wee hours of the morning trying to finish.

I'm waiting for things to go back to normal, but yet I'm enjoying this time that seems to be slower. My husband is impressed with the mileage on the mini-van (yes, I grumble but I drive a mini van). Without summer sports and play dates, the van sits in the driveway for days and days instead of making multiple trips each day to run this athlete here and that musician there. Where I'm going with this is right here:

Whether you are rolling with the punches, feeling like the frosting on a cinnamon roll, or being rolled over by a steam roller - you've totally got this! As a mom and a writer, you're doing just fine. You're better than fine - YOU ARE AMAZING!

It's important for you to hear this right now. I know you're thinking about unfinished projects, wondering if you're making the right choices for yourself, your family, and your children, but  you need to know there is no wrong answer. We need to roll with the punches and see what the rest of 2020 is bringing to the table. I don't have the answers. I don't know if we will ever go back to normal. I wish I had a better handle on things with my children, my spouse, my writing, my health, and the list goes on...but I definitely can tell you we all deserve to hear this at least a dozen times a day:


Want to hear it again?


Even if it's mid-afternoon and you're still in your jammies with your messy bun...YOU ARE AMAZING! 

Even if there's no way you'll fit back into your office clothes...YOU ARE AMAZING!

Just keep keeping on dear heart - this can't last forever! Now get out there are share the joy - tell someone how amazing they are! Buy some flower stems and give them to strangers or drop a bouquet off for a neighbor! No one is feeling those vibes of "I've got this" right now - so we need to offer encouragement to ourselves and everyone who will listen!

And speaking of listening - I WANT to hear from YOU!

What's something nice you've done to encourage someone recently? What is a nice way someone has offered you encouragement? What is something you could implement this week that would encourage someone else?

Drop a note and let us know!


and now...a little more about me...

Shown from left to right:
Delphine riding Honey
Mr. Otto holding Eudora
Crystal riding Marv.
Thank you Forward Farm, LLC 
Crystal is the office manager, council secretary, financial secretary, and musician at her church, birth
mother, Auntie, babywearing mama, business owner, active journaler, writer and blogger, Blog Tour Manager with WOW! Women on Writing, Press Corp teammate for the DairyGirl Network, Unicorn Mom Ambassador, as well as a dairy farmer. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and their five youngest children, two dogs, four little piggies, a handful of cats and kittens, horses Darlin' and Joker, pony Miss Maggie May, and over 250 Holsteins.

You can find Crystal milking cows, riding horses, and the occasional unicorn (not at the same time), taking the ordinary and giving it a little extra (making it extraordinary), blogging and reviewing books here, and at her own blog - Crystal is dedicated to turning life's lemons into lemonade and she has never (not once) been accused of being normal!


Theresa Boedeker said...

A friend brought by a tea cup with flowers and filled it a variety of tea. As I love tea and flowers, this was so sweet. I have been calling my sister in law who lives alone and is so lonely and cheering her up with funny stories. Because a laugh does her good.

Sue Bradford Edwards said...

I have a friend who has depression and lives alone. I call her at least once a week. We end up talking about movies and books and what we've done on our houses as we are spending so much time at home.

Jeanine DeHoney said...

Great post Crystal that lifted me up today. Thank you. A few months back, my family and I started a family page where we share daily quotes to encourage each other.

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