6.05.2011

reset. refresh. reformat. i do it all the time but i want to do it to my life, not my electronics. i told kevin today it would take me a week. i want to get rid of half our clothes, half our toys, clean every inch of this house, tackle my 'around the house' to-do list. i want to make space- room for us to grow, connect, give.

he offered to take the girls to dallas for a week. of course my knee jerk reaction was 'no way'. you're too busy, too long for the girls to be away, excuses excuses.

what if. what if he did take the girls for a week for me to just RESET our life. what would i do?? what would you do? what would be on your list? i'm probably dreaming here, but visions of a stripped bare house, organized weeks of grocery lists, and freshly scrubbed base boards are dancing in my head...

7 comments:

Myrtle said...

I think you should take him up on it. Yes, you'll miss the girls but think of what a gift you're giving them. A refreshed mama and while they're too young to care about the house, they'll appreciate you feeling better.

Amy said...

I love you Mollie Burpo. I had the same talk with Brad this morning. Maybe without the same grace and composure as you, though. More like "when you're at baseball all day, I'm taking ALL OUR CRAP to Goodwill, got it?" But my intentions are the same....

deb said...

I would totally tackle it. I would go out and get boxes and write donate or keep or maybe --then go into one room at a time and don't "clean" just yet. Just go through and look at each item and take 1 minute and decided which box then walk away. I put my maybe's in the garage and if in a month--I have not missed or thought of them--I give them away.

Then once that is done--then clean. I would also enlist in some help. Maybe do an exchange w/ some other mamas so you can tackle it all. Like baseboards, rent a carpet cleaner, have someone do your windows inside and out. Do the ultimate spring clean. Then end it early so you can soak in a bath and then sleep for like 12 hours.

You will miss them dearly but the bigger question is---after you reset and regroup mentally---how much better of a mom will you be??

I notice when I do not get my "me" time each week--I am not a good mom. We are not super human--we need to spend some time taking care of us. Even the bible tells us to take a moment each morning to re-connect. That is to center us on God's word and be the person we strive to be. (okay, so some of that was in our sermon this morning).

edmo said...

I need a week. We moved into our new house back in October and so much is still left undone. It's unreal hard to move with a 9 month old and 2 year old. Now that both are older and I have more time, I'm pregnant and have zero energy. If my husband were to take the boys for a week, I would go crazy happy. Sure I'd miss them, but I'd keep myself so busy (in between several naps and catching up on my DVR episodes of Ellen, of course).

nanann said...

I'll admit I probably wouldn't do the best at cleaning the house, but my goodness, I would LOVE to be able to sew and sew and sew without any interruptions for a whole week! I'd get SO MUCH done!

Cindy said...

DO IT! I would paint our bedroom, spare bathroom, and our mudroom. My hubs promised to repaint after having to cut the dry wall to replace a fitting. Umm, he patched it but somehow the painting, 5 years and counting, still has not happened. I think I'd faint if DH offered to do that. He has a hard enough time just taking DS to Chuck E. Cheese ;0) Kevin is a fine young man!

Katy B. said...

I vote DO IT! I was headed to Boston for a week to stay with a friend who just had a baby. It has since fallen through. I like your approach for a "RESET." I may take the week anyway and purge, purge, purge it would be a huge blessing for us. I am ready for that challenge!