It was meltdown central at my house today. Tears were abundant, emotions ran high, and this mama right here was on the verge of losing her ever-loving mind!
I have a feeling I’m not the only one experiencing this craziness.
In all seriousness, it was a tough day. We started off on a good trajectory, but with each outburst, my patience dwindled, and I grew more irritable.
You know the old saying, “You can catch more flies with honey”? Well, there’s a Proverb that says it even better, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1)
I feel like I need to plaster that verse all over my house, right. Ultimately, I need the Spirit to give me the grace to respond with gentleness instead of reacting out of my irritation.
Because on our very worst days, I want to point my boys to the Lord who is “merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.” (Psalm 103:8) Yes, that entails appropriate discipline, and it also means I need to make adjustments given our circumstances.
I learned the saying, “improvise, adapt, and overcome from my husband, who served in the Air Force. I think it’s time I improvise with a new plan for our week to adapt to our “Stay-at-Home” order. Hopefully, together we can overcome serious cranky grapes!
So, to boost morale around here, I think it’s time we lighten things up and have a little fun. Here are ten ideas I’d like to implement over the coming days. I’ll let you know how it goes, the good, the bad, and the ugly. 🙂
Operation Keep Mama Sane:
- Suprise the boys and set up our long folding tables on the back porch and enjoy lunch with a different view
- I found a sidewalk chalk recipe that looks super easy. We have cute silicone fish-shaped molds that should work perfectly. You can also use empty toilet paper rolls for bigger pieces.
- Walk our neighborhood as a family
- Visit the cemetery. I know that sounds a bit bleak, but the boys love it there, and it’s part of our new normal.
- Make a large sign to hang over our garage to cheer our neighbors on their daily walks
- Play a round of laser tag in the dark
- Have a jumping contest on the trampoline, who will last the longest? That oughta wear them out!
- Play charades
- Spend an evening around the firepit
- Make cards for Grandma and Nana
What about you? What seems to be working (or not) at your house?
Listen, we’re all in this together, and there is much grace to be had. Mama, take heart; God sees you. He understands how your discouragement and exhaustion. Friend, it won’t always be this way, He will see us through.