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#SOL20 Day 1


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Being a working mom is tough, especially with a husband who travels frequently for work. We often get in this habit as a family where we just keep moving forward mindlessly and the days become uneventful. The week blurs together and the weekends are filled with cleaning and catch-up. It's a vicious cycle that I am trying to break.

I have been incredibly sick the past couple of weeks. I've been pushing forward, the way I always have, until I no longer could. My cold developed into bronchitis and pneumonia. My doctor looked me in my eyes and said, "You've done your best. It's time to slow down." I'm not sure if she realized  she was speaking a truth about my life that I needed to hear, but I heard it loud and clear.

So, this week I slowed down. I needed to rest and my husband rose to the challenge without me even needing to ask. My kids found ways to include me in the fun, even from my sick state on the couch.  They played doctor, trying to heal me back to health. Each one spent a few moments crawling on the couch to squeeze in some snuggles with me and whispering, "I really hope you feel better, Mommy!" Even my dogs seemed to take notice and provide all the extra love I needed. It's moments like these when I slow down to really appreciate all that is around me.

I put this pressure on myself as a working mom to be strong and put together 100% of  the time. I expect myself to be superwoman. But in reality, all my family needs is me, even if that's curled up in a blanket on the couch watching them play pretend.


Tanner and Declan playing "doctor" with supplies from their Koala Crate kit. 

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  1. Your post brought back memories of being a working outside the home momma with stressors galore. One of the best parts of this SOL challenge for me is MAKING the time to slow down and notice the wonder of life around us that is so often lost in the process of living a busy life. Hope you feel better soon. AND, Welcome to this writing community. I look forward to hearing you are feeling better each day.

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  2. Your post brought back memories of being a working outside the home momma with stressors galore. One of the best parts of this SOL challenge for me is MAKING the time to slow down and notice the wonder of life around us that is so often lost in the process of living a busy life. Hope you feel better soon. AND, Welcome to this writing community. I look forward to hearing you are feeling better each day.

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and welcome me :)

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  3. I do the same...wait until I am really sick to slow down. A few years ago I vowed to slow down before my body forced me to. I'm getting better at it.

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  4. Welcome to the SOLC! So great to have your voice here. I hope you are feeling better. I'm newly recovered from a bout of the flu, so feeling your pain. So glad your family rallied to help you get through it. And yes, we do need to slow down!

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  5. Welcome to the forefront of slicing! You're going to love it. It is so hard to slow down sometimes and take care of ourselves. A couple of cuties there too to help you through. Love it.

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    1. I am so excited to join in this challenge. What a supportive community!

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  6. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to take care of ourselves by letting others take care of us! Welcome to the Slice of Life challenge,

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  7. I am reading my story in your slice today. My sons are a bit older than yours, so instead of playing pretend they were the best at getting me a drink or an extra blanket or just sitting close for a few minutes- they are too old to ‘snuggle’! We must remember the best way to care for our family is to care for ourselves. My current focus for this is sleep! Thanks for slicing!

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    1. Thanks for sharing. I love to hear from people who have kids just a bit older than mine. It's like I can get a glimpse into my future!

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  8. I love your slice! Sometimes we need to take time to be reminded that we are right where we are supposed to be. My kids are a little older, but I remember those feelings. So glad your family is there for you. Happy slicing!

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  9. Your kiddos are absolutely adorable Dr. Kerbs! I hope you are feeling better! Even superwoman needs a day to herself:)

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