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Don't know if you can tell or not, but my boys were exhausted yesterday. A late night baseball tournament (who plans those anyway?) and an early morning were enough to put all of them into a deep coma by mid-afternoon. I just couldn't resist their sweet little angelic sleeping faces and the all-too-rare moment of car-quietness so I snapped this picture before they had enough consciousnesses to stop me.
This is the kind of thing a future daughter-in-law would love to see.
It's interesting that this episode of exhaustion came the very day that my doctor called to tell me that I was anemic. The test results from the blood work she'd done the day before showed low levels of iron in my blood. Certainly wasn't new news. I've been anemic for a while and, admittedly, I haven't done well keeping up with my iron supplements. My sweet doctor told me to get on it immediately and added, "If you don't, you'll be so tired."
OH!! Is that what my problem has been?
Whether from low iron, packed schedules or just a mattress too tough to induce a good night's sleep, it seems like tiredness is an epidemic. Our kids are overwhelmed, our own bodies are fatigued and our stress is mounting under the pressure of it all.
Something's gotta give, don't you think?
What are you doing to keep a balanced life?
I'll admit, Jerry and I are going to have to spend some time reconsidering how our spring and fall months are going to operate. With three growing boys who all want to play sports, the full load of school they have to keep up with and our ministry travel together as a family, it will be easy for the simple pleasures I WILL NOT LIVE WITHOUT to get lost in the shuffle.
- Family dinner around an actual table with home cooked food.
- Basketball in the backyard; parents against kids.
- Enough energy in the evening to spend time with my husband instead of collapsing into bed - unconscious before my head hits the pillow.
I want to have time for those things and I know it is going to take deliberate strategy to make it happen.
Let's help each other.