Icing on My Cake

Every month I set a blog-related goal.  This month, I had the fancy goal of getting back to my pre-move level of writing, publishing a new post every day Monday through Friday.  I started the month off on the right foot, had done a solid week leading into the month, and started brainstorming topics I wanted to write about for twenty-three days.

Then, life happened!

E got sick about a week and a half ago.  This sickness manifested itself in the usual gunk that accompanies a cold, a low-grade fever, and a new symptom – the refusal to sleep in her bed, or by herself at all.

E’s refusal to sleep on her own resulted in my being a walking zombie for most of the week, and is something from which I am still struggling to recuperate.  All the good intentions of a “blog post a day” during the week went by the wayside.

Instead, I became focused on three goals:

  1.  Taking care of Little Miss while she was struggling, and ensuring she was sleeping the cold away;
  2. Making sure M was getting enough attention, or the iPad was charged enough that he was kept occupied and not in E’s face;
  3. Ensuring I was getting some sort of rest, while holding E, so that I didn’t just lose my mind.

I am happy to report that I achieved all three goals.  Well, I did kind of lose my mind a couple times, but I feel I handled myself pretty decently in a sleep-deprived state.


When E started feeling better, I realized I needed to get away from everything, and just go somewhere … alone.

So, I jumped at the chance to attend Adoration by myself, and was able to recharge my batteries – both physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  As I sat there, staring at Our Lord, I felt both peace and the stress of the week roll off my back.  I was able to leave my weariness with Him, as I made my way home again.  And, I was able to realign my priorities.

I don’t like to set goals in the middle of the day, the week, or the month.  I like to set mini-goals every night, for the next day; I like to set goals that start on Mondays, or the first of the month.

Today will bring a new goal, this week will bring a different goal, and next month will bring another goal.

While I didn’t achieve my initial goal this month, I did focus on my priority – my family.  And, while I don’t always achieve my personal goals I set each day, week, and month, I know that when my priorities are God and family, any other goal I set and achieve is just icing on my cake.

3 thoughts on “Icing on My Cake

  1. Good for you for keeping family first. It’s easy to let the stuff of life get in the way of that. Those wee ones are only little for a brief moment in time. Enjoy the gift!

      1. Of course! Motherhood is a lot of work. But I can tell you as a mother of adult children now raising their own children, the investment is well worth it.

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