This past Shabbos we went spent the afternoon at the park and it was AMAZING! With 3 active boys, staying inside all winter has been quite the challenge. I honestly don’t really know how we survived.
Shabbos pre-kids was truly my day of rest. I used to sleep though the night, wake up late, and take an afternoon nap. By the time I returned to work on Monday I was really well rested.
Fast-forward to life with kids and all sleep has gone out the window. I cannot remember the last time I slept through the night, cannot sleep late with kids who are wide awake by 6:30-7am and a nap? What’s that?
Shabbos has actually gone from being my day of abundant rest to the day I work the hardest. With all the kids with me the entire time (and no technology distractions allowed- aka DVDs), I spend the entire day keeping my kids busy, which means that I am busy along with them.
At first this change in my Shabbos schedule was really really hard to adjust to. I mean really hard. Now that it’s 4+ years later, I can say that I am still working really hard to appreciate every Shabbos and look at it as an opportunity to spend time with my family no matter how tired I am.
What can I say? I’m not perfect. I love my kids to death, but I still miss my Shabbos nap!
Until next time,