Motivation Mondays: 2 Hours

2 Hours

Our kids were up all night.

Sneezing, runny noses, itchy throats from allergies.

Coughing, chest congestion and fevers  from secondary infections.

I was on call. Times 6.

Georgia Flowers . Little Kids GrowGeorgia is truly beautiful with its luscious green trees and flowers, but the pollen can be merciless. Last Thursday the count was over 8,000. I guess the light dusting of yellow snow made up for the white stuff we missed this winter. Just looking at the thick haze is enough to make an allergy sufferer pass out (or the mother of 6 allergy prone kids faint from the prospect of exhaustion). My little ones have been suffering in varying degrees since that day.

2 hours . . . of sleep . . me, last night. I think.

On days like today, I wanna kick and scream because I’m tired. I want to crawl back into my bed, but I can’t because my day is full. I MUST KEEP MOVING.

Did I sign up for this? Sure I did. It’s a part of the bigger picture. The one that includes our sacrifices because they, our kids, are a part of us—our physical, emotional, and spiritual DNA . The attachment is a harsh one because it is relentless. A tug, a constant pull at our hearts reminding us that we will always be their parent,  an indelible mark on the content of who they will become. In the harshest marshes of my personal battlefield, my sleepless nights, my discomfort, my concern and frustration,  they learn compassion, sacrifice and love by watching me. We are character builders in the deepest sense, even when we don’t realize it.

All of our circumstances demand something from us. How we respond to them determines the benefit to ourselves and others.

I hope your week is awesome! (and restful!)

Keep doin’ what you love!



[yellow_box]Motivation Mondays is a series that I started to share encouragement with moms. I use my past struggles as well as triumphs as a backdrop for my writing in the hope that just as others have helped me along the way, my readers will find something beneficial to carry along with them throughout their week. I believe that community is important as well as honesty and transparency.Want to chat? Send me an email: littlekidsgrow (a) gmail (dot) com. My welcome mat is always at the door.[/yellow_box]


  • Gina says:

    We are living parallel lives today! I am glad I am not alone in wanting to pull the covers over my head!! Hope you have a good week!!

  • louise says:

    my allergies have been insane this year! You’d think it would all get washed away by the rain up here…. but no! I can’t imagine with all the kiddos up all night! Hopefully you can sleep in this weekend! 🙂

    • Shannon_CC says:

      Thank you, Louise. The rain washes it away for about a day around here and then it returns. So strange. Hopefully everything will calm down in a couple of weeks.

  • Bonnie Ferguson says:

    Oh, that lovely yellow dust. It’s so unkind. So far, my oldest has been the only one with severe allergies. Now that she’s 23 and married and a mama herself I don’t have to stay up taking care of her. I still hate it for her, though, of course! Allergies make her so miserable! 🙁

    “All of our circumstances demand something from us. How we respond to them determines the benefit to ourselves and others.” That speaks straight to my heart, especially right now when I’m so busy juggling work and family in the same space. I’m off to find my chalk marker so I can write it where I’ll see it. I need that reminder throughout the day to take a deep breath and remember that my actions are building character in my little ones. In the end, that is far more important than any work that might be waiting to get done.

  • Tammia says:

    This was timely for me to read today. My little boy woke up in the middle of the night, throwing up. All over. He sleeps with his sister, so this included her. Ugh. I find your encouragement & perspective helpful!

    • Shannon_CC says:

      Oh, Tammia, I’m so sorry. I hope your little man feels better fast and that you are able to get some mommy rest soon.

  • Jacqueline Mukweto says:

    I feel your pain! I am thank ful that I don’t suffer from allergies so I can help the hubby and children. But aren’t the blooming flowers so amazing!!!

    • Shannon_CC says:

      Oh, yes! Spring and fall are my favorite times of year because of all of the gorgeous colors. I grew up here, so, of course I feel badly when my children aren’t able to experience the beauty in the same way that I did as a child. Amazingly, we rolled around in it everyday like it was nothing. Maybe I built up my immunity that way.Thankfully, those pesky allergy triggers go down significantly after a few weeks. Hopefully, things will get back to “normal” then.

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