Mid August. I can’t believe another summer has come and gone. Instead of the “What are we going to do today?” question, we are about to plunge into “What else do we have to do today?”
Again, I am at a MoM emotional crossroad. In June, summer stretched before me, endless days yawning with need to be filled. Chasing my daughter with autism and keeping my other daughter entertained left me feeling like an old washrag—wrung out and out of shape. I had a long list of personal accomplishments I wished to complete, but most of them fell by the wayside early on. Days were about pouring my life into my children and others.
Do I regret it? Not at all. I am thankful for the opportunity to Be the Mom.
Even though I sometimes look like that old washrag, I can’t help but think about the rapid passing of seasons. I want to make the most of the one I am in today. I want to live without regret. Perhaps I didn’t get back into my skinny jeans, run a marathon, or write an entire novel, but in the end, so what? I enjoyed being a mom. I shared MoMents with my children, my niece, and my nephews.
As we prepare to head back to school, I hope to make the most of these last few summer days. I hope you do too, my friends!
Did you make memories this summer? We’d love to hear! Leave us a comment below. 🙂
Jennifer Dyer has an M.S. in Communications Disorders, which served her well in her professional career as a speech-language pathologist. Never did she imagine that her education and career were God’s way of preparing her to be a mom to her own daughter with autism. Today, she enjoys reaching out to other families who face similar diagnoses. As a cancer survivor, carpet-cleaning veteran, and originator of the “Messy House Ministry,” Jennifer feels blessed to share joy, peace, and humor with others facing life’s challenges. She is mom to two beautiful daughters and is thankful to be raising them, serving other families with unique needs, and using her gift of writing and speaking to minister to others. Jennifer is also the author of a youth fiction book series and is trusting God with His timing on publication. Jennifer has been a mom for 11 years. She and Brandon have been married for 13 years.