Friday, August 17, 2012

Space to Breathe




It's Friday morning, so I'm linking up with the ever lovely Lisa-Jo Baker. Want to join? Here are the rules...

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.

3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

OK, are you ready? Please give me your best five minutes on:::

Stretch…

I stretch my toes out from under the comforter. The sun is shining in through the wood blinds and it is a beautiful August morning. The ceiling fan pushes cool air down on me, and I gratefully realize there are only two of us in this bed. After a week of teething, and tummy aches, and overly tired little girls, we have woken up this morning without any one of the three littles that try to make their way into our bed each night.

I roll over and see him still sleeping. His has been a week of work projects, school projects and home improvement projects. On his one free evening with us, he shows his love by carrying loads of dirty laundry down four flights of stairs and carrying loads of clean laundry back up the four flights. I put the baby to sleep and wake up after midnight on the couch with her only to find that he has folded all the laundry for me. I brush his hair with my hand and let him sleep.

This stage we are in stretches us over and over. The demands have worn us thin. But in this morning, in this hour, there is space to breathe, space to breathe.


6 comments:

  1. Brenna, this is beautiful! I'm a preschool teacher and don't frequently think about the impact the wee ones can make on a marriage. It sounds like you and your husband have done an incredible job balancing loving your babies and loving each other, even though many days that is an ebb and flow sort of thing. The stretching will make you stronger - thank you for sharing!

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  2. Awe, thanks! And I was a preschool teacher too! I think you are my long lost younger sister :)

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  3. Beautiful - how important it is to find those precious moments to breathe within the stretches. It reminds me of my pilates teaching always telling us to breathe into the stretches, to allow more oxygen to reach tired muscles. Maybe these moments do the same - bring new energy in the midst of the challenge. (Thanks for visiting my blog too!)

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    1. Thanks, Fiona, for stopping by! I'm looking forward to the Fall, for when there are a few hours each week that will be just mine, to do something like Pilates to give me a little more of that space!

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  4. Brenna! I felt so relieved when I read that you had space to breathe. I know how it feels literally not even having the space to breathe when you wake up in your own bed in the morning. I am so happy that you had a little space & so thankful for the lovely relationship you have with your husband even during such a stretching time. Thank you so much for sharing! :)

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    1. It's hard, and it's good. Thank you for your encouragement!

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