The Calm Before the Storm: Times Filled with Hope and Motivation


In just a couple weeks I will be back to work full time again.  That means early morning postings on the blog at 5am, the 5pm dinner rush, evenings full of preschool activities for Superhero Son, lots of papers to grade, and the stress of school work piled on top of cooking, cleaning, and caring for my family.

Since that first summer after I had Superhero Son, I have felt a sense of loss when the summer winds down.  I love our days of hanging out in our pjs, the summer activities, time with family at the lake, and not working on Tuesdays when my husband is off from work.

When the end of summer is upon me, I feel like I need to treasure every minute with my kids.  However, something inside of me kicks into high gear, and I feel drawn to my classroom.  I acquire this need to get it ready for anxious fifth graders.  I have an amazing amount of motivation to be supermom!  At this point on the calendar, I believe I can do it all.  I can be the perfect wife, mother, and teacher. Then reality sets in!

I wish I could bottle that energy, motivation, and confidence and use it when I falter in a few weeks. At some point I will have to remind myself that I am human and not perfect.  For now, I am off to conquer the world!




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First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,
    rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work,
    is in no hurry to call it quits for the day. (Excerpt of Proverbs 31, The Message)

I often hear people say they need more hours in a day.  I don’t.  I probably have just enough hours to get everything accomplished for the day.  The problem is that I run out of energy!

I learned as a new mom that I could successfully function on four hours of sleep, but only for a couple days.  Then I need to crash for about ten hours to make up for it.  That is NOT a luxury I will have this spring with our family.

We are getting ready to put our house on the market.  That involves  lots of painting, packing up unneeded items, cleaning, cleaning, and more cleaning.  

We are also trying to buy a 70’s split level that needs A LOT of renovation!

AND I am trying to get through a major writing job.  I am turning devotionals, written by an amazing man in my church, into a 365 devotional book that is really a daily encounter with God.  

All of these important jobs must coexist in my life with my full time jobs of teaching fifth grade and raising my children.


My prayer for the next eight weeks is not for more hours in the day.  I pray for the energy needed to accomplish everything on my daily to-do lists.  This will be a huge test in my ability to be like the Proverbs 31 woman.

I would love to hear from you!  What crazy, busy schedules do you have that require the energy of the Proverbs 31 woman?